College Briefs

July 21, 2009 Gavin named to listCLEVELAND, Miss. — Rachael E. Gavin of Batesville was among those Delta State University students from Arkansas, earning Dean’s List honors for compiling a 3.50 to 3.79 grade point average while attempting 12 or more academic hours during the 2009 spring semester. 

Drunk driver had to be coaxed to give up handcuffs, cops say

July 21, 2009 An argumentative Tennessee driver, who was reportedly drunk and wouldn’t cooperate with police, is facing several charges following an incident early this morning.Independence County Deputy Jeremy Qualls said the incident evolved after he and Deputy Dee McFatter responded to a call of assistance from reserve Deputy Eric Pickle on White Drive around 5:40 this morning.Qualls said when officers arrived they found a man working on a vehicle and as they approached there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from his body.

Drunk drivers come out in full force over weekend

July 21, 2009 A one-vehicle accident sent police to the area of 210 Brewer Hill Road, while the four people inside apparently left in a taxi, rather than an ambulance.“Before I arrived, dispatch advised that the caller stated that four people got out of the vehicle and left in a taxi,” Deputy Brian Luetschwager said in his report. “When I arrived I found the wrecked vehicle against a large rock on the side of the road. I found that here the vehicle went off the roadway it struck a tree then completed a 360-degree spin, coming to rest against the rock.”

Boat races set

July 21, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — The World Championship Cardboard Boat Races begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sandy Beach in Heber Springs. Youth and adult divisions will vie for the “Pride of the Fleet” award or the notorious “Titanic Award.” There will also be a tug of war contest, kids treasure dig, sand sculpting contest, watermelon eating contest and a Cardboard Boat Demolition Derby. For more information, visit or call (501) 362-2444.

Nature center to host program

July 21, 2009 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will host a free “Arkansas’ Dragons and Damsels” workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday. The workshop is recommended for ages 8 and up and will focus on dragonflies and damselflies, including habits, where they live and how to tell the difference between a blue dasher, a widow skimmer and a pondhawk. The group will spend some time outside watching them and do some netting to see them in hand.

Club News

July 21, 2009 Charlotte EHCCHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met recently at the home of Ann Mobley, with four members and one visitor present. The meeting started with some funny poems of everyday life, followed by the program, “Seeing the world through your grandchildren’s eyes.” Refreshments included crackers and Southwestern cheese dip made from goat cheese.

Lewallen leaves school board

July 21, 2009 The Batesville School Board said goodbye to one member and welcomed another at its regular meeting Monday in the District Administration Office.“Ron has simply said he appreciates his association with the Batesville School Board the last 14 years and is proud of the accomplishments that have been made in that time,” Superintendent Ted Hall said of the letter of resignation submitted by Ron Lewallen. “Ron said it’s an honor and a privilege to have served with this board.”

Graduate aims to pay it forward

July 21, 2009 James Loy is something of an expert on rehab. A former addict, he’s seen more than his fair share of the inside of various rehabs before finally finding one that worked.Now, the John 3:16 Ministries graduate has plans to open a spiritual-based boot camp at his hometown in Conway.———Loy said he’d heard about John 3:16 through Ricky and Marsha Rawls during a Celebrate Recovery class in Conway. Marsha Rawls’ brother, Mark Trucks, is a board member at John 3:16.