Colleges Brief

May 1, 2009 Melbourne girl earns awardMELBOURNE — Melbourne High School senior Jessika R. Foster has been awarded a $500 educational award in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal benefit society offering financial services.Foster, the daughter of Alicia and Stephen Robertson of Melbourne and Paul and Danielle Foster of Sturkie, plans to use the grant to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is one of 100 grant winners chosen this year.

Students awarded scholarships to UACCB

May 1, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has awarded scholarships to several area graduates, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.Alan Fulcher has been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship. The son of John and Cindy Fulcher of Batesville, Fulcher will graduate from Southside High School in May. He plans to pursue an associate of arts.The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to students with a composite ACT score of 27 or higher. It provides in-state tuition (up to 15 hours), a $250 stipend and free use of text books each semester.

Local trapper finds ways to keep catching ’em

May 1, 2009 This isn’t just the story of a trapper; it’s a story about inconvenience. John L. Tucker didn’t let the inconvenience of the failure of his legs to carry him, stop him from spending time outside doing what he loves.His dedication to being outdoors should be an inspiration to all of us who may think getting out there for whatever we enjoy is too hard.

Local trapper finds ways to keep catching ’em

May 1, 2009 This isn’t just the story of a trapper; it’s a story about inconvenience. John L. Tucker didn’t let the inconvenience of the failure of his legs to carry him, stop him from spending time outside doing what he loves.His dedication to being outdoors should be an inspiration to all of us who may think getting out there for whatever we enjoy is too hard.

Students graduate from UofA

May 1, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas has announced that the following local students successfully completed their course requirements and officially graduated at the conclusion of the fall 2008 term:Batesville — Micah A. Bryant, master of science in civil engineering; Richard S. Ryan, master of science in operations management; James Newton Waugh, master of arts in education;Mountain View — Matthew Edward Turner, bachelor of architecture;

Floral parolee turns himself in after being injured in shooting

May 1, 2009 A Floral man has turned himself into the Independence County Sheriff’s Office following a shooting in which he was injured on March 20, according to a circuit court affidavit, filed by Independence County Detective Jeff Sims.Sims said that Randy James Hobbs, 52, accompanied by his parole officer, turned himself in to the sheriff’s on April 8 and admitted that he had lied about how he had been injured in the March shooting.

$2,000 in donations helps fund programs

May 1, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — A grant presented April 28 by Southwestern Energy will enhance lessons in math and science taught to students in Independence County.Company representatives awarded a contribution of $2,000 to Midland High School and Junior High.

Woman dies after rescue

May 1, 2009 A woman whose door police kicked in to get her medical help Thursday morning, later died at a local hospital. Geneva G. Finney, 69, of Hilly Village Road was pronounced dead at White River Medical Center Thursday afternoon, according to Independence County Coroner Hardy Willis.The efforts to reach Finney began when someone placed a 911 welfare concern call that went to the Lawrence County 911 operator. The caller said they could see Finney through a window, lying on her bedroom floor and all her doors were locked.

Rotarians earn prizes in membership drive

May 1, 2009 The Batesville Rotary Club recently completed its Spring Membership Drive. At the conclusion of the event, new members and the current Rotary members who proposed them for membership were entered into a drawing to win weekend getaways.Larry Sandage of White River Health System was named winner as the current Batesville Rotary Club member who proposed a new member. For his efforts, Sandage won lodging from Aunt Minnie’s Guest House in Mountain View, as well as tickets to the White River Hoedown.