Unity Fest to be May 30

March 26, 2009 Harmony, oneness, accord, consensus, unification — they all represent the ideals behind an upcoming event at Riverside Park in Batesville.The fourth annual Unity Fest on the River will be May 30, a benefit for John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions.“We named it (Unity Fest) because it’s all about bringing everybody together for one cause,” explained Bryan Tuggle, director of John 3:16.He said every year door prizes are given away, and this year’s prizes are the best yet:

Concord school making progress

March 26, 2009 CONCORD — The top administrator at Concord school is optimistic the district will be removed from the state’s fiscal distress list within a few months.Any district that is on the list for two years is subject to forced consolidation or annexation with adjoining districts.Concord was put on the list last April.“On June 30, the end of the fiscal year, they (state Department of Education officials) will look at how we end the year and evaluate where we’re at,” said Dr. Mike Davidson, superintendent.

News of other days

March 25, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 5, 1996.

12 local students earn achievement awards

March 25, 2009 NEWARK — Area high school students have received the Arkansas Student Achievement Award from the Arkansas ACT Council for their performance on the pre-ACT Assessment.The students are:• Cedar Ridge High School — Matthew Adkisson and Zach Kelley.• Midland High School — Charli Davis and Keith Giovannini.• Melbourne High School — Samuel Blankenship, Rose Clark, Thomas Elrod, Kristen Smith, William Smith, Christopher Taylor, Chris Tedeschi and Olevia Wetzel.

Student travels to Capitol, meets with gov.

March 25, 2009 BROCKWELL — Kendra Woods, a 10th grade student at Izard County Consolidated High School and daughter of Tony and Sandy Woods of Melbourne, had the opportunity as Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America state treasurer to meet with Gov. Mike Beebe at the state Capitol for the Career and Technical Student Organization Proclamation signing.Woods, along with her four other state FCCLA officers, met with the governor for a signing ceremony and photos.

More than 100 teddy bears collected

March 25, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School District Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program hopefully brought joy to the kids in Batesville admitted into White River Medical Center. Chaplain “Doc” Spurlin from WRMC’s pastoral care visited and spoke to students at Southside High School about hosting a teddy bear drive for the Teddy Bear Ministry Program. EAST collected over 100 teddy bears. Bears were collected by EAST, FCCLA and Spanish Club.

Forgery charges filed

March 25, 2009 Three people have been charged with felony forgery in Independence County Circuit Court, according to affidavits filed by sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.A prescription forgery was reported by Econo-Mart Pharmacy on Feb. 6 and the report states that Rebecca Lovett, 22, of 631 Stacey Drive, came into the pharmacy with a prescription for 26 Percocet from Dr. Julia Allen.

Charges filed against three Batesville residents for theft, forgery

March 25, 2009 Felony charges of breaking and entering, theft and forgery have been filed against three Batesville residents stemming from an incident in December 2008.In a court affidavit, Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, said the charges are being filed against 24-year-old Christa Hooper of 2560 East Main St., 29-year-old Jimmy Hooper, of the same address, and 25-year-old Jason Strain of 3 Dari Drive.

Roach honored by Walmart representative

March 25, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Kim Roach, a teacher at Southside Elementary, was named local Teacher of the Year recently by Batesville Walmart.Roach received a $1,000 grant for the school, a $100 gift card to buy supplies for her classroom, a personalized certificate and a bouquet of roses, presented to her by Brenda Bullard, Walmart community coordinator.“The teachers in our area are superb,” Bullard said. “The selection process was not an easy one, but we are happy to recognize Kim Roach and share this great news with our community.”

Lyon alumna returns home to join father at OB/GYN practice

March 25, 2009 A Lyon College graduate and Batesville native recently returned home to join her father at The OB-GYN Center in Batesville. Dr. Meriden Glasgow said she always wanted to work in the medical field; however, it wasn’t until medical school when she realized she would indeed be “following in her father’s footsteps” to become a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. “Despite my best effort to enjoy any other specialty, throughout medical school my favorite rotation by far was my OB/GYN rotation,” she said.