BPA offers grants

September 14, 2009 The Batesville Preservation Association has announced the availability of grants up to $2,000 per year to be used for the stabilization, renovation and/or preservation of an Independence County building that is at least 50 years old. Applications will be taken through Dec. 15.The maximum annual award per project will be $1,000. The amount awarded must be matched dollar for dollar by the recipient.

Celebrate Freedom planned

September 14, 2009 Luke 4:18 Lives will host a “Celebrate Freedom” event Sept. 19 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The event is open to the public.Free hamburgers and hotdogs will be served at 5 p.m., followed at 6 by the celebration. There will door prizes and other giveaways. There will be testimonies from Celebrate Recovery, Luke 4:18 and John 3:16 Ministries.

Community School to meet

September 14, 2009 The Community School, Inc. will have its board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the workshop at 1550 Cottonwood Drive.Meetings are open to the public.

Melbourne OKs pay raise

September 14, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne Schools certified and classified personnel are getting a raise.At its first meeting of the 2009-10 school year held recently, the school board approved a $400 raise on all steps of the salary schedule for certified employees and the same percentage raise of 1.3 percent for classified employees. The board also approved a 200-day contract for assistant football coaches and a stipend of $1,000 for seventh grade, $1,200 for junior high and $1,000 for high school.

Shriners to honor officer

September 14, 2009 White River Shrine Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt’s. The meal begins at 5:30.The club will be honoring a law enforcement officer for the third quarter, Sgt. Les McCollum.Sheriff Keith Bowers will speak. The meeting is open to all Shriners and Master Masons.

Ramsey Mountain crash traps woman in vehicle

September 14, 2009 A near head-on crash on Ramsey Mountain Friday afternoon left one woman trapped in her 2001 Oldsmobile for several minutes until she could be freed by the Batesville Fire Rescue team.Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Page said 30-year-old Guillermina Vargas of Triangle Lane was coming down the mountain, northbound on Highway 167, when a 2006 Dodge pickup truck coming up the mountain crossed over into her inside lane.

Felon found in closet with sawed-off shotgun

September 14, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Cleburne County deputies found a burglary suspect hiding in a closet with a sawed-off shotgun when they closed in on him at a Sager Lane address, sheriff’s Detective Kim Bettis said.Despite the dangerous situation, Gerald Shane Baugh was arrested without incident and was charged this week with five felonies, including being a felon in possession of a firearm. The arrest as well as that of another man at the same residence and one at Pleasant Plains cleared up several recent burglaries in the Wilburn and Pangburn areas, Bettis said.

Mayor recovering

September 14, 2009 Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh is recovering after suffering a heart attack Saturday evening.Elumbaugh was taken to White River Medical Center with plans to be released today, he told the Guard.“I’m doing well,” he said Sunday evening. “Everything’s going great — they’re taking extremely good care of me here and I’ve had a lot of folks (say) I’ve been on the prayer list and had a lot of visitors. I feel good and but on the doctor’s advice I should probably take it easy.”

Batesville man killed in Virginia wreck

September 14, 2009 ROANOKE, Va. — The truck driver who was killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County on Friday morning has been identified as an Arkansas man.Danny Ray Parks, 47, of Batesville,  was driving a tractor-trailer that rear-ended another tractor-trailer near mile marker 141 on I-81 south about 10 a.m., Virginia State Police said.The first tractor-trailer had stopped for an earlier wreck, state police said.Parks’ stepson, Shawn Campbell, said he thought Parks had been on the road only a few minutes after a stop when the crash happened.

College reports record numbers

September 14, 2009 Melbourne — For the seventh consecutive fall semester, Ozarka College has surpassed its enrollment record, according to Ron Helm, vice president of student services at Ozarka. With 1,363 students enrolled, Ozarka has seen a 30-percent increase from the fall of 2003. Ozarka President Dr. Richard Dawe credited the enrollment increases to the dedication and commitment of Ozarka faculty and staff who go above and beyond to serve students. Ozarka has experienced a 33-percent increase in full time enrollment (FTE) numbers in the last seven years.