On the fast track to a NASCAR career

February 18, 2009 CAVE CITY — Kyle Cherry of Cave City is racing toward a NASCAR career.Cherry, 19, has been accepted at the NASCAR Technical Institute at Mooresville, N.C. He will attend the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing school after graduating from Cave City High School this spring. Classes start Aug. 24.Cherry can hardly remember a time when he wasn’t around racing, beginning as a spectator at the local dirt track — Batesville Speedway at Locust Grove — at about age 7.

Man arrested on warrant, alcohol charges

February 18, 2009 Police fulfilled the wish of a 29-year-old Batesville man Tuesday who reportedly said he wanted to go to jail because he was homeless and heard men talking in his head.Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said he was dispatched to the Hollywood Bowl in west Batesville shortly after noon regarding a possible drunk man in the parking lot.“I arrived and found Michael Wells standing outside of the building,” Markum said. “I asked Wells if he was OK and he said he was not, that he was homeless and that he had no place to go.”

Ministering to the body as well as the soul: Cave City pastor, wife buy Curves

February 18, 2009 As the senior pastor of an active church, Bobby Sanders said he really hadn’t planned on making any serious business investments any time soon, until his wife, Terri, came home with an idea that seemed to be tailor-made for the couple.Terri Sanders said she was a member of Curves, the health and fitness center for women located in Batesville, and one day during a workout she got to looking around at what was being offered to clients and thought this type business might be something the couple could do someday as an investment in their future.

Benoit recovers from illness, reopens copper lantern outfit

February 18, 2009 Old World Lanterns by Benoit, located at 325 E. Main St. in downtown Batesville, is once again open for business. The manufacturers of handcrafted copper lanterns have operated at limited capacity for the past year due to owner and craftsman Brandon Benoit’s extended illness. Benoit has fully recovered, said his wife and partner Nancy Benoit, and the business is returning to full-time operation.

Lyon to present artists

February 18, 2009 The Lyon College Kresge Art Gallery will present The Contemporary Landscape, an international invitational of seven artists. The artists, who work in diverse mediums, herald from the across the U.S. and Germany.The gallery will host a panel discussion Thursday with five of the seven artists from the exhibition. The panel discussion and gallery reception will begin at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Robotics team has leg up on competition

February 17, 2009 Members of the Lego Robotics Team at Central Magnet Math and Science were at the Batesville School Board meeting Monday afternoon to receive congratulations on winning their first trophy.The second-place trophy was earned by the team for the research and quality they put into their project at the 2008 Arkansas First Lego League Championship Tournament and Junior First Lego League Expo in Mountain Home recently.The First Lego League is a Junior Robotics Team, sponsored by Debra Smith. The challenge was “climate connection.”

Lyon College named to community service honor roll

February 17, 2009 The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Lyon College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

Hospital announces new administrator

February 17, 2009 Mountain View — Karen Craft will retire Friday as Stone County Medical Center’s chief operating officer. She has been a part of the White River Health System family since 1975, when she began her career in the White River Medical Center clinical laboratory. In 2002, she was named administrator of SCMC. Under her leadership, the hospital experienced substantial growth in admissions and clinical services, according to a news release.

Officials seek public’s help in finding 3-year-old

February 17, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Investigators searching for a missing 3-year-old boy say they have exhausted almost all their leads, and on Monday called on the public to come forward with any information that could be related to the case.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department continues to work on locating cemetery headstones that disappeared some weeks ago from a cemetery near Knob Creek, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The Pauper’s Cemetery was cleaned and headstones were constructed and put up in the small cemetery by the local cemetery association. Lawrence said the association has worked many cemeteries in the county, identifying unmarked graves, casting the headstones and erecting them. Lawrence said that shortly after the headstones were erected, they disappeared.