UACCB taps ambassadors for 2009-10 academic year

October 28, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has named five student ambassadors for the 2009-10 academic year.Ambassadors are Kyle Christopher, Casey Cox, Diana Hudson, Ronnie Hughes and Aaron Moody.

Restaurant equipment reported missing

October 28, 2009 Three large pieces of restaurant equipment were reported stolen from a storage unit in west Batesville.Tuesday afternoon Steve Carpenter of Batesville told authorities that he had two Taylor brand ice cream machines (valued at $9,500) and a 10-foot salad bar ($800) stolen from a storage building at the rear of the former Sweden Creme on North Central Avenue.“Mr. Carpenter advised that the storage building was still locked late last week and he found the door open Tuesday around 1:30 p.m.,” Deputy Brian Luetschwager said.No suspects were listed in the case.

Two men sought in forgery case over stolen checks

October 28, 2009 Two men have been accused of forging more than 30 checks on another person’s account and are now being sought by local authorities.In an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Lt. Brenda Bittle said the two men being sought are Edward Luman IV, 45, of Cave City and 19-year-old Dylan J. Goble of Bradford.Luman is charged with forging the majority of the checks on the account of Lesley Hahn. The remainder were credited to Goble who is being charged with conspiracy to commit forgery, according to Bittle.

School to host fall festival

October 28, 2009 The Community School Inc. will host its “Boo-tackular” Fall Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 295 Mockingbird Drive in Batesville.There will be games, activities, prizes and food.Raffles for pies, a gum ball machine and a barbecue grilling set will be held.The event is open to the public.

Lyon to host production

October 28, 2009 The Lyon College Harlequin Theatre will present its fall production, “Alice Threw the Looking Glass,” at Holloway Theatre at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call (870) 307-7510. The show’s approximate run time is two hours with intermission.

Blevins to discuss new book

October 28, 2009 Former Lyon College history professor and author Brooks Blevins will speak at the Mabee-Simpson Library at noon Monday to promote his new book, “Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State.”The book explains how Arkansas’ negative image began and how it has been altered through different generations. Blevins argues the image has not always been a bad one. He discusses travel accounts, literature, radio programs, movies and television shows that give a very positive image of The Natural State.

Utility budget discussed

October 28, 2009 The city of Batesville’s water/sewer 2010 budgets are in the black, but city general and city streets are in the red.“We’re gonna save every dollar we can (in light of a multi-million-dollar wastewater project),” Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson said during a budget meeting Tuesday night following a regular council meeting. The saved money will go into reserves. “We need some pretty big reserves. ... We got hundreds of millions of dollars of stuff, and $2 million in the bank. That’s not good business. ... Every bit we can save is good planning in my opinion.”

Melbourne eyes grant, future career center

October 28, 2009 MELBOURNE — Offering college credit classes through Ozarka College is something that’s proved successful for many students at Melbourne High School, and the school district is hoping to continue that success with vocational classes if approved for a $10,000 Department of Workforce Education planning grant.

Chamber opens self for public funding

October 28, 2009 It’s been two years since the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce board decided it would work without public dollars. Now, it’s changed its mind.Tuesday night, Crystal Johnson, chamber president and CEO, came before the Batesville City Council to request a “re-instatement of funds the city once gave to the chamber.”The amount requested is $10,000.“We have a plan, the chamber is moving forward,” Johnson said, noting some of the chamber’s major events are the annual Christmas parade and White River Water Carnival.

H1N1 vaccine for high risk only

October 28, 2009 The Independence County Health Department and local volunteers are gearing up for flu shot clinics at two sites this year, and they say swine flu vaccines will be available only to “high risk groups.”Sonia Nix, administrator at the health department, said that while the seasonal flu vaccine will be available for everyone, the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine will be for the following: pregnant women, children ages 6 months to 4 years old, and children age 5 to 18 who have underlying medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes.