Service News

October 29, 2009 San Antonio — Lauren M. Garcia has been promoted to the rank of private first class in the U.S. Army Reserve.Garcia is a quartermaster and chemical repairer assigned to the 90th Sustainment Brigade at Camp Pike, Little Rock. She has served in the military for one year.Garcia is the daughter of Stephanie and Bobby Finley of Batesville. The reservist graduated in 2006 from Southside High School and in 2007 graduated from Beejay’s Hairstyling Academy in Batesville.

Local woman promotes Arkansas at AARP convention

October 29, 2009 The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Ozark Gateway Region of North Central Arkansas recently attended the AARP Vegas @50+ National Convention. Donna Perrin with the state department and Cathy Drew, director of the Ozark Gateway Region, attended the three-day event promoting Arkansas tourism destinations and relocation to the area. During the three days 24,115 people attended the event, according to a news release.

Vital Link offers CPR certification

October 29, 2009 A healthcare provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class will be offered by Vital Link from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville. The fee is $40.A Heartsaver CPR and first aid class will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 in the conference center. The fee of $25 will cover the textbook and CPR card.To register for either class, call (870) 793-3351.

Albert Sidney Johnston UDC

October 29, 2009 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, met this month at the Batesville Country Club for a dutch treat luncheon. President Mary Miller called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guest Sue Richmond, a prospective member.After the Ritual and the Pledges, Judy Baker read the minutes. Miller gave the treasurer’s report. Acting Chaplain Fern Fike prayed the invocation for the meal.

AGFC reminds hunters not to take swimming deer

October 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Deer are good swimmers, and they’ll take to the water when fleeing. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is reminding hunters that it is illegal to take a swimming deer.The commission said Tuesday that with the persistent heavy rainfall of late, deer will have more opportunity to swim. Even though they swim well, deer move slowly in the water and are much more vulnerable than on land. Thus hunters have to leave the animals alone when they’re in the water.

Intersection to be closed

October 29, 2009 The intersection of Rich and State streets in west Batesville will be closed for sewer line repairs next week, according to the city utility department.Drivers are advised to take an alternate route Nov. 2-6 to avoid this construction area.For more information, call the utility at (870) 698-2415.

Poet to speak at WBC

October 29, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College will present a free poetry reading by Andrea Hollander Budy at 7 tonight in WBC’s Mabee Student Center.She has written three full-length poetry collections: “Woman in the Painting,” “The Other Life” and “House Without a Dreamer,” which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Other honors include the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize for prose memoir, the Runes Poetry Award, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Arkansas Arts Council.

Paragould man dies in crash

October 29, 2009 A 22-year-old Paragould man was killed in a one-vehicle crash near Newark sometime early Tuesday morning, according to a report filed by Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens.Stephens said he was on patrol around 2 a.m. on Highway 122 north east of Newark when he drove upon the accident just west of Old River Road.According to Stephens, the driver, Cody Shopher, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was trapped in the driver’s side floorboard of the 1999 Dodge Durango after it hit a tree.

Recreation meeting postponed

October 29, 2009 The parks and recreation committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 tonight in the Independence County Circuit Courtroom has been postponed. This meeting is rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5, in the circuit courtroom of the main county courthouse at Main and Broad streets.

Retired teachers to meet

October 29, 2009 The Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at noon Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.Pat Dunegan will present the program on services available for senior citizens. Retired school employees are encouraged to attend, said Sue M. Smith.