Record class to arrive at Lyon

August 14, 2009 Nearly 300 new students will descend on the Lyon College campus Thursday for “Tartan Transitions,” a five-day orientation program to welcome new students, prepare them for life at Lyon and help them get to know the campus and its faculty, staff and other students.The class of 2013 is a record class for Lyon, consisting of more than 215 freshmen. There are also more than 70 new transfer students set to begin classes.

Southside excited

August 14, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — A new year, a new set of faces, a new classroom and a new building. There’s a lot for Southside first-grade teacher Karen Davis to be excited about when school starts next Wednesday.On Thursday afternoon, however, there was still a lot left to do as she and other teachers at Southside worked to get their new classrooms ready for the beginning of a busy year inside the district’s new $8.7 million, 600-student K-4 elementary building.

Flash Market target of three masked men

August 14, 2009 Tami Provost was sweeping the floor around 2:17 this morning when three men entered the store and pointed what she said looked like plastic toy pistols at her.

Break-ins reported at storage units

August 13, 2009  Homes and storage units continue to be targeted for thefts in the Batesville area, according to reports from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Someone broke into rental property owned by Elmer Caldwell on Cottonwood Lane in Magness sometime overnight Monday and took an unknown number of miscellaneous power tools.Caldwell told police that entry to the house was made by prying a pice of wood out of a back door.According to Caldwell, the house was being remodeled and the tools were left at the job site. No suspect was listed in the incident.

Pools to close soon

August 13, 2009 The Batesville Recreation Complex swimming pool north of town will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday for the season. After Sunday, the Fitzhugh Park pool on Harrison Street will be open weekends only. The hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays for family swim time and general swim time from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.The pool will officially close for the season at 6 p.m. Sept. 7.

ASU-Beebe fall classes to begin Aug. 24

August 13, 2009 BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe will begin the fall 2009 semester on Aug. 24 with day and night classes offered at ASU-Beebe campuses located at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and the Little Rock Air Force Base.ASU-Beebe has online courses available in traditional 15-week and accelerated eight-week terms throughout the year, with Term I also beginning on Aug. 24. Students may choose from a full selection of general education courses in an online format. It is possible to earn an associate of arts in liberal arts entirely online.

Sheriff to address Shriners

August 13, 2009 The White River Shrine Club will meet Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville. The Dutch treat meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:30.Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers will speak on why Batesville needs posted signs.The meal and meeting are open to members and their guests, and potential members.

Caring Hands to hold yard sale

August 13, 2009 Volunteers with Caring Hands Hospice will host a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Bryant’s Pharmacy parking lot at the corner of Harrison and 20th streets in Batesville.Money raised will go toward the purchase of needed items for hospice patients, said Lisa Paxton with Caring Hands.

Single’s ministry to meet

August 13, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.The event is open to all Christian singles. Refreshments will be served.For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

Clinton Library to have free admission Saturday

August 13, 2009 Little Rock — In honor of President Clinton’s birthday, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library Space Station MIR, Space Camp Simulators, and Acoustiguide audio tours will have free admission Saturday.Free birthday cake will be served and free Hope watermelons will be given to the first 100 visitors. The Clinton Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Also this Saturday, Super Summer Saturdays will feature demonstrations on the magic of science. A special space snack will be provided. Demonstrations are held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.