Officials cite economic reasons for shutdown

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — A total of 204 workers were notified Monday by Columbia Flooring officials of the Melbourne plant’s intention to close, but the officials said the plant could reopen if the economy improves.Employees at the manufacturing facility were told the plant will close for an undefined period of time beginning in early May.Columbia, a manufacturer of hardwood flooring, reduced its work force at the Melbourne facility and at other locations in January as part of an ongoing effort to align production capacity with consumer demand, according to a news release.

Boyfriend claims sick girlfriend needs food

March 3, 2009 A formal third offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as residential burglary, has been filed against a Magness man, which garnered him a $150,000 bond, according to an Independence County court affidavit filed by sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.The charges against Jason Chad Hall, 25, of 169 Brittany St., stemmed from an incident on Feb. 14 in which Hall reportedly broke into a residence in Oil Trough to steal food for his sick girlfriend.

Guard promotes NIE

March 3, 2009 Imagine having a living textbook in the classroom, allowing students to read about history as it is happening. More and more students are getting that chance, thanks to Newspapers in Education programs.Newspapers are used in classes as a teaching tool at all grade levels and in all subject areas. The Batesville Daily Guard is one of approximately 950 newspapers in the United States and around the world that offer NIE programs.

Molding students

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — Maggie Caraway was never much on art, until she signed up for Connie Roberts’ class at Melbourne High School.Caraway was one of several students delving into the wet, squishy clay recently as the school hosted Peter Lippincott, an artist in residence from Fort Smith.Each student selected a lump of clay and began forming bowls, mugs, vases, cups, cylinders and other works of art with their hands and use of a potter’s wheel. The pieces were dried, then placed in the kiln for firing, after which the glaze was added and fired once again.

Commission supports tax, historical ordinance

March 3, 2009 Monday night the Batesville City Planning Commission gave its unanimous support to the upcoming tax election, which deals with a 1-percent sales tax to replace and upgrade the city’s wastewater facility.Dr. Sam Cooke, speaker for the Citizens for Jobs group supporting the tax, and Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson gave a presentation to commissioners showing the current status of the facility and proposed improvements if the tax is passed during a special vote on March 10.

ASU-Searcy schedules self-defense for women

February 20, 2009 BEEBE — The Continuing Education Department at Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, will hold a free Women’s Self Defense class at 6:30  p.m. March 9 on the Searcy campus.  Detective Anne Rigsby will conduct this informative session to women of all ages. 

Ozarka to host transfer fair

February 20, 2009 Melbourne — The TRiO Department of Ozarka College is once again hosting a College Transfer Fair. The event will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the halls of the John E. Miller Education Complex on the main campus in Melbourne. College representatives from four-year colleges around the state will be on hand to offer students all the information needed about their different degree programs, available scholarships and transferring.

Lyon announces schedule, new ticket prices for event

February 20, 2009 In April, the sound of bagpipes and drums will once again be heard loud and clear throughout the Lyon College campus during the 30th Arkansas Scottish Festival.This year’s festival, scheduled for April 17-19, features new activities, pipe bands and entertainment as well as more vendors and reduced ticket prices.

Area soldier earns wings

February 20, 2009 When Amy Penn graduated high school, she had no clue what to do next. She started to go to college, but her heart wasn’t in it. She worked but had no ambitions. Two years later, she enlisted in the military and has found more excitement than she ever would have in a civilian job — by jumping out of airplanes. More importantly, she’s found her focus: She wants to teach.———Today, when she jumps out of a plane, she said she gets about 70 feelings all at once — and they all happen in a matter of about four seconds.

Baby boomers shakin’ things up

February 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — Baby boomers are trickling into nursing homes, and changes are trickling in with them.That trickle of changes is expected to turn into a flood.That’s one reason the Cave City Nursing Home needed an activity center, which is now under construction, Activity Director Pat Christopher said.The center, expected to be completed in early summer, will offer a wider variety of activities, in a pleasant and uninterrupted atmosphere, she said.