First Community Bank receives approval on purchase of Mountain Home Branch

December 29, 2009 First Community Bank Chairman and CEO, Dale Cole, announced that the bank has received final approval from the State Banking Department and the FDIC for the purchase of the Mountain Home branch of Community First National Bank. Community First National Bank was founded in 1997 and has two offices in West Plains and one in Mountain Grove.

Teed joins practice

December 29, 2009 Teed Family Dentistry in Batesville has announced the addition of Ralph A. Teed Jr., DDS, to the family practice at 1612 Harrison St.“We provide virtually every dental service available for your oral health,” Teed said recently.Some of the many dental services offered by the practice are routine cleaning, fillings, oral surgery, root canals, crowns, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, mini dental implants and teeth whitening.

AEDC accepting applications

December 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is now accepting proposals for grant funding for General Assistance and Innovative Projects.

Applications for summer internship due Feb. 12

December 29, 2009 Washington, D.C. — Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) is accepting applications for her summer internship program, which provides students the opportunity to learn about the federal government and our nation’s legislative process. Selected college students will work in Lincoln’s Washington, D.C., or Little Rock office.

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

December 29, 2009 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met Dec. 15 at the Batesville Country Club.Norene Trentini, queen mother, presided over the occasion, which centered around a Christmas lunch and entertainment provided by Raymon Hughey on keyboard and Danny Dozier on guitar. The club members joined in singing Christmas carols.Members celebrating birthdays for the month of December are Linda Campbell, Melba Clouse, Judy Hightower, Linda Hix, Kay Lovell, Juanita Painter, Marty Ruiz, Irene Shear, Joan Spinks and Ivone Thorne.

Batesville woman critical from Christmas Eve crash

December 29, 2009 Alene Anderson of Batesville was on her way to a family Christmas party on Kyler Road around 5 p.m. Christmas Eve when she suddenly struck another vehicle head-on and suffered severe injuries that sent her to a Memphis hospital.Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes said Anderson, 71, was traveling south on Highway 167 in her 1992 Geo Metro when she went through a green light at the intersection with Highway 14 and struck a pickup truck head-on.

Bar fight sends man to med center

December 29, 2009 A Cord man is listed in stable condition at a local hospital following an altercation at a local bar early Sunday morning, according to a press release from Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers.Bowers said officers were sent to White River Medical Center around 4 a.m. where 34-year-old Cameron Wood of Cord was being treated for injuries he suffered in an altercation at the Loyal Order of the Moose off Brewer Hill Road north of Batesville.According to Bowers officers weren’t able to talk with Wood due to the extent of head injuries.

Missing girls back at home

December 29, 2009 ASH FLAT — Two Cave City teens who had been missing for a couple of days were located by their families Monday evening and are back in their homes, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Mark Counts said this morning.Missing were Jessica Tackett, 17, and Kelsey Crock, 16.The search had centered in Jackson County where one of the girls had a friend and because the vehicle they were in had apparently last been seen heading in that direction, Counts said.

Peabody Hall getting renovation

December 29, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A 98-year-old University of Arkansas building is in the midst of an $8.8 million renovation that campus leaders hope will make it more energy efficient.Peabody Hall was built in 1911 and administrators say they plan to respect the building’s historic character during the renovations, which are scheduled to be done by August 2011.In 2004, the university began requiring LEED Silver certification on all new buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, as a standard for energy efficiency.

Van Buren lands $15M plant

December 29, 2009 VAN BUREN (AP) — A manufacturer specializing in technology to help increase oil and gas production plans to build a $15 million plant in Van Buren, employing about 50 workers by the summer.Oxane Materials Inc. says it plans to expand the plant through 2014, with an expected total investment of $32 million and additional employment of up to 300 workers.