Area Briefs

July 15, 2009 Optimists to talk about auctionThe Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse. Chris Black and Clay Mitchell will give a report on the International Convention held in Orlando and plans will be finalized for the radio/TV auction to be held July 30.All members and anyone interested in learning more about the club are encouraged to attend.For more information about Optimists, visit the Web site at www.optimist.org. 

NCARED board adopts Naturally Ozark logo

July 15, 2009 Salem — Soon, area residents in eight counties may be seeing more of the Naturally Ozark moniker adopted by the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development.The board met earlier this month and took two actions aimed directly at the region’s creative economy sector. In support of the regional “branding” initiative under which the board had previously adopted, a “Naturally Ozark” logo was approved to graphically represent the name.

Gipson back on home turf

July 15, 2009 CHARLOTTE — For eight years, Mark Gipson drove from Charlotte to Cushman every day.Now he’s driving from Cushman to Charlotte, but this time it’s a sort of homecoming for Gipson, the new principal at Cord-Charlotte Elementary, part of the Cedar Ridge School District.“It’s great to be home,” he said with a big smile, sitting in his office on the very campus where he himself graduated from school nearly two decades ago. “Everybody’s been very welcoming,” he added.

Man gets 10 years for injuring baby

July 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — A Cave City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a jury trial Tuesday in Sharp County Circuit Court for injuring his 3-month-old son almost a year ago, according to public records in the county/circuit clerk’s office.David Andrew Waldrup, 22, was convicted of first-degree battery, a class Y felony. He will receive credit for eight days spent in jail. None of the sentence was suspended.Waldrup was also ordered to pay $420 in fees and court costs.

EDC reports companies adding jobs

July 15, 2009 Eighty-five new jobs — and the potential for 100 more — was the message presented to the Independence County Quorum Court by the Economic Development Commission Monday night.“We have some good news,” commission chairman Ed Mabry said. “We have been working with three groups (in the month of June) ... we would like to recommend for approval.” The quorum court has the authority to help fund business expansions as well as help new businesses come to town.

News of other days

July 14, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 25, 1996.

Ark. sheriff to run security for lottery

July 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ lottery has hired the Grant County sheriff to run security for the new games of chance.Arkansas Lottery Commission Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue (pass-a-lay) said Monday that he had hired Grant County Sheriff Lance Huey as the games’ security director. Huey, who will be paid roughly $115,000, begins work July 21, Passailaigue said.

New teacher hired at Batesville Montessori School

July 14, 2009 Students at Batesville Montessori School are seeing a fresh face every day.Lisy Bellflower of Cave City started at the school on July 1 as a certified Montessori teacher.“I am very excited and think that Lisy will be a great asset to me in particular and the school in general,” director Esther Okolo said. “This year will really be extraordinary; we have a group — a perfect fit for the school. We have Lisy in the preschool and Mona Neaville (who is in the certification program) in the toddler room.”

Family and Friends Briefs

July 14, 2009 Sylamore employees honoredMOUNTAIN VIEW — Four Sylamore Ranger District employees were recently honored with length of service awards during the district’s monthly safety meeting, according to a news release. They are Forester Steve Stafford, 25 years; Natural Resource Specialist Chris Furr, 10 years; Visitor Information Specialist Tony Guinn, 20 years; and Caverns Administrator Bob Reeves, 35 years.For more information about the USDA Forest Service, call (870) 269-3228 or write to 1001 E. Main St., Mountain View, AR 72560.

Area Briefs

July 14, 2009 Unattended death reportedThe body of a Batesville man was found outside his home Monday.Police were dispatched to 710 Melton Drive in reference to a man lying on the ground next to a pickup truck just after 4 p.m. Monday. Cpl. Wayne Green arrived and called for Vital Link, but ambulance crews could find no signs of life present in Terry A. King, 54.