Colleges Briefs

April 13, 2009 Area students receive funding from LyonA number of area students have been accepted for admission to Lyon College and have been awarded various scholarships, according to a news release from the college.Megan Holifield, a Batesville High School student, received the Anderson scholarship valued at $19,034 per year. She is the daughter of Dr. Paul and Karen Holifield of Batesville.

CASA gets new director, plans rummage sale

April 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — Amber Jines is the new director of volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Sharp County, one of three counties in the Third Judicial District. According to a news release, Jines is no stranger to the court system, having worked as an evidence technologist in Little Rock for nine years. As an evidence tech she worked with inanimate objects related to the court cases. As the volunteer coordinator, she works with the volunteers, children in the child welfare system and their families.

Area Briefs

April 13, 2009 City council to discuss  historic properties

Emergency programs to receive funding

April 13, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Independence County will receive nearly $12,000 for its Emergency Food and Shelter Program, according to a news release from U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Representatives Marion Berry, Vic Snyder and Mike Ross.

Johnson to speak

April 13, 2009 Melbourne — The 2009 Ozarka College commencement will take place at 7 p.m. May 14 in the John E. Miller Auditorium.For those students graduating, practice will be held in the auditorium at 2 p.m. May 7. Graduates will meet in the Lecture Hall at 6 on the night of commencement. Caps and gowns may be picked up May 4-14 at the Ozarka College Bookstore.A photographer will be available in the Conference Room of the John E. Miller Education Complex prior to graduation from 5-6:30 p.m. as well as after the ceremony.

Almost $1,000 worth of marijuana found

April 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — A man picking up trash east of Cave City found almost $1,000 worth of processed marijuana in a ditch.Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said if sold in small increments, the marijuana has an estimated street value of $960.Benjamin Karns, a member of the Coalition for the Future of Sharp County, was picking up trash recently on one mile of Cougar Road and counting the number of beer cans and other alcohol-related containers he found when he saw the marijuana packaged in a clear, resealable plastic bag.

Latin Mass choir completes CD

April 13, 2009 Some who live in New Zealand have already requested copies. For a CD recorded at the Christian Science Society of Batesville by the Cherokee Village Latin Mass Community Choir and Schola, that’s wonderful for something one might be surprised to know was recorded in Arkansas, choir member David Sonnier said.

16 and in college

April 13, 2009 Emily Byrne’s only intention that day was to register for a Spanish class.Before the day was over she was enrolled in anatomy and physiology I and II, and English composition at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.“It was really an accident,” Byrne said about the day two years ago when she waited in line inside Independence Hall to sign up for the language class she begged her mom to let her take.

Meeting NASCAR icons worth wait for diehard fans

April 13, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — NASCAR fans began forming a line Tuesday night in hopes of securing a chance to meet NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Friday afternoon at the Fan Appreciation Days at Mark Martin Ford-Mercury.The days of anticipation paid off for 300 lucky fans who acquired arm bands. Many others were turned away disappointed.Earnhardt spent a little more than an hour putting his autograph on various merchandise as the fans were herded through the line. Then he spent about 30 minutes with Mark Martin and fans for a question-and-answer session.