College Briefs

June 29, 2009 ASU-Beebe presents scholarshipsBEEBE­ — Several area high school students have received Leadership Scholarships to attend Arkansas State University-Beebe. Students may attend any ASU-Beebe campus, located at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and the Little Rock Air Force Base. Students receiving the Leadership Scholarship are Johnathan Atkins of Pangburn, Hannah Bonds of Clinton, Jamie Davis of Searcy, Kara Jacks of Lonoke, Anna-Grace Minner of Searcy, Nicholas Priest of Jacksonville, Seva Riley of Batesville and Ross Shelton of Lonoke.

Area Briefs

June 29, 2009 Local cheerleaders to march in Macy’s parade

Plant to add 75 jobs

June 29, 2009 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — As many as 75 new jobs could be added next year at a ConAgra plant producing frozen meals, officials say.Bob Kula, ConAgra Foods Inc.’s communications director, said the company based at Omaha, Neb., plans to invest up to $92 million in its plant on U.S. 64 on Russellville’s east side.A news release from the company said the plant currently has a workforce of about 1,300 people.The new jobs will be almost all production-based, Kula said.

Nurse jailed for DWI

June 29, 2009  Dressed in her bed clothes and claiming she was on her way to Little Rock to help a friend, a Salem woman was arrested in Batesville on several traffic violations early Friday morning.Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said a Sharp County reserve deputy called police dispatch around 1 a.m. to report a possible drunk driver in a white Mercury Mountaineer swerving from white line to white line on Highway 167 north of Batesville.

Abuse victims benefit from couple’s support

June 29, 2009 BENTONVILLE (AP) — The Engles’ story began more than 20 years ago in Tulsa, Okla., when David worked as a sales manager and Beverly baked chocolate-chip cookies as a stay-at-home mom.That all changed when Beverly began to volunteer with local court systems, and with abused children and mothers, to help get them out of bad situations.“We were working with the court systems and with these precious children and thought, ‘Where do these people go to get well?”’ David Engles said.

Death ruled suicide

June 29, 2009  The death of Southside Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Holman Saturday morning has been ruled a suicide, according to Independence County authorities.A call came into Batesville 911 around 6:12 a.m. reporting a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 889 State St. in west Batesville. When police arrived they found Stacey Dawn Holman, an employee of Vital Link ambulance service, giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation to her husband, 31-year-old Chris Holman, who was lying on the front porch of the home and bleeding from a wound to his head.

Writer gives ABC’s of managing your land for quail

June 26, 2009 When Grandpa was a kid, there were lots of quail. Subsistence farming was the way things were done, and there was a family on every 40.Each had a cornfield, a garden, a few small row-crop fields, a pond, a cow pasture, a weed-grown junkpile and probably a woodlot.Fields were small and odd-shaped, turnrows and field borders were uneven and weedy, and in general everything was close together and a little shaggy. And almost every 40-acre farm had four or five coveys of “birds.”

$100,000 bond set in burglary case

June 26, 2009 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a suspect in the burglary and theft of property from a Pleasant Plains store and a nearby home on June 17, according to a court affidavit filed by Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Michael W. Boozer, 36, of Searcy was arrested in the incident following a police pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, according to the affidavit.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 26, 2009 BHS class reunion plannedThe Batesville High School class of 1999 is planning a 10-year reunion, according to Sara Whitaker. Classmates have gathered in an online forum and have scheduled the celebration on Aug. 7 and 8 in Batesville.Activities have been planned just for the grown-ups, as well as the family. For more information, visit the class Web site at or call (901) 288-7387. The last day to RSVP for the reunion is July 10. Ozarka to offer GED test