A-State announces summer graduates

September 16, 2009 JONESBORO — More than 350 graduates were awarded diplomas from Arkansas State University-Jonesboro during summer commencement ceremonies Aug. 7 in the Convocation Center. Chancellor Robert Potts presented the various diplomas.Area graduates include:Bald Knob — Candace Anselmi, bachelor of science in education, early childhood education;Batesville — Marla Bennett, specialist in community college teaching, community college administration; Zachary Matthews, bachelor of science, journalism;

State fiddle competition is Sept. 25-26

September 16, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View is hosting the Arkansas State Fiddle Championship Sept. 25-26. The performers for the evening concerts will include the judges, Tim Crouch, Ed Carnes and Junior Marriott, along with Charlie White and the Mickler Sisters on Friday night and the judges along with Adam Fudge and The Traveling Blueberries on Saturday night.

Driving test schedule changes

September 16, 2009 There will be no written or road tests given at the Batesville testing site on Thursday. The next scheduled testing date will be Tuesday.

Battle of the bands announced

September 16, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Optimist Club will be sponsoring a Battle of the Bands at Riverside Park in Batesville at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Local bands Mayz End, Konstance Haze, Lost Machina, and Die On 3 will be competing. There is no admission for this event. Audience response will be part of the judging. Concessions will be available and all money raised will be used for youth projects in the community.

Local resident spends semester in Zambia, Africa

September 16, 2009 SEARCY — This fall semester, Nikita Hitt of Concord will travel to Namwianga, Zambia, to participate in a three-month mission-oriented program.Hitt, a sophomore early childhood education major at Harding University, is one of 23 students spending a semester at the Namwianga mission, which holds the George S. Benson Teachers College as well as an elementary and high school, medical clinic, orphanage and a haven for infants and toddlers who have lost their mothers to AIDS.

Library has new hours

September 16, 2009 The Independence County Library has new hours effective immediately.The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

NCARED hears from ADED on new Site Selection Web portal

September 16, 2009 Highland — The state is working on a new Web portal to connect individuals and businesses with information regarding properties in the state. Now, the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development group has voted to get on board with the site and move forward with the development of a plan for how to implement and roll it out in the eight-county NCARED region.The NCARED board met recently and heard from Jessica Breaux with the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, who discussed the Arkansas Site Selection Web portal

Reynolds to visit Batesville

September 16, 2009 CONWAY — Col. Conrad Reynolds will visit Batesville this evening as part of his statewide veterans listening tour to discuss the challenges facing Arkansas veterans and their families.Reynolds, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and a 1978 Batesville High School graduate, will be at American Legion Post 114 at 100 Legion Lane from 5-7.

Ratliff, Stauffer win school board seats

September 16, 2009 In area school elections Tuesday, Kirk Ratliff was an easy winner for Cave City School Board Position 6 with 480 votes to incumbent Jeff Eddy’s 93, according to tabulations in the Sharp County Clerk’s Office.Stephen Stauffer was elected to Cave City Position 7 with 483 votes to 37 for write-in candidate Robert Hutchison, who was the incumbent.Both Cave City positions carry five-year terms.

Griffin runs for judge

September 16, 2009 Robert T. Griffin, Democrat, of Newark has announced he is seeking election to the position of Independence County judge.Griffin is a lifelong resident of Independence County. He owned half interest in and operated Griffin Seed and Grain Co. Inc. in Newark for 33 years before selling it this spring. He shared ownership in Griffin Ford Lincoln Mercury of Newport for a period of time. He is currently developing a subdivision near Batesville as well as owning farm land and cattle.