Concord hopes for good news

October 2, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School District hopes to get good news when Superintendent Mike Davidson and school board president Chris Roark visit with state Department of Education officials on Oct. 12.Davidson hopes to learn at that time that the district is scheduled to go off the state’s fiscally distressed districts list, but nothing is guaranteed.

Two charged in cemetery shooting

October 2, 2009 It started as a “scare tactic.”That’s the story being told to authorities by one of the men who was present when 19-year-old Spencer Gates was shot early Thursday morning at Macedonia Cemetery near Newark.According to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, Brian Fallis, 24, of Newark and Adam Jay Brewer, 23, of Batesville will face charges.“We are seeking warrants today for attempted murder, first degree, which is a class A felony,” Bittle said.Currently both are behind bars.

Shooting suspect surrenders to police

October 1, 2009 A man wanted as a suspect in an early morning shooting this morning turned himself in to police shortly before noon, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Brian Fallis, 24, of Newark, considered to be “armed and dangerous” had been the subject of a manhunt in the Batesville area after his truck was found at a Hawkins Street address.

News of Other Days

October 1, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 14, 1996. 

Art exhibit opens

October 1, 2009 The mixed media artwork of Katie Howell, a 2009 graduate of Lyon College, is on display in the academic hall of University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Row Johns Building. Using a recently installed hanging system, her work is the first of what will be a changing exhibition schedule for the college, said exhibit coordinator and art instructor Marcia Wallace.Wallace said she chose Howell’s work, entitled “Portraits of Subjectivity,” because it is both visually exciting and intellectually accessible.

Students serve Batesville community through Service Day

October 1, 2009 Lyon College freshman Sam Joiner washed windows Tuesday while senior Eric Morgan glued beads to costumes. Lee Gibson picked up trash along the White River as Heather Bodenhamer bagged canned goods across town. The brothers of Zeta Beta Tau cleared downtown Batesville of weeds and volleyball player Meghann LaBorn coached a Special Olympics softball team.

Cedar Ridge board recognizes member

October 1, 2009 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge school board honored Robert Griffin for 11 years of service to the Cedar Ridge School District and former Newark School District and presented him with a lifetime athletic pass at its recent board meeting. Griffin did not seek re-election and will be succeeded by Anne Moore at the next board meeting.

Melbourne eyes technology grant

October 1, 2009 MELBOURNE — More technology could be in the Melbourne School District’s future.Under an Enhancing Education Through Technology grant, the district would have the opportunity to purchase more computers, more SMART Boards, electronic probes and sensors and even a wireless computer lab for the high school if approved for the $200,000 grant.

Music performance planned

October 1, 2009 Weston Music Studio will present a master class with Dr. Ian Hominick of the University of Mississippi from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Cottage Market, located at 1365 College St. in Batesville.Area youth who will be featured include Nicholas Czerwinski, Hannah Cruse, Katie Cruse, Aaron Dowell, Josie McCann, Ronnie McCann, Crystal Qian, Sean Roulier, Clair Sonnier, Louis Sonnier and Annie Sonnier.They will perform classical piano compositions by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Janocek, Clementi, Smetana and others.

WBC Transfer Day is Oct. 16

October 1, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College will hold a preview day in October for students interested in transferring from other institutions. WBC’s Transfer Day will take place Oct. 16 to help prospective transfer students find out more about Williams.“Transfer Day helps students from other institutions make a smooth transition to Williams. It gives us a chance to answer their questions and address their needs involving the transfer process,” said Lisa Foley, transfer counselor in the Williams Office of Admissions.