Account opened

August 12, 2009 A benefit account has been opened at First Community Bank in Batesville to help defray medical and funeral expenses for Kenleigh Brooke Boyett-Casper. Kenleigh Brooke Boyett-Casper, 5-month-old daughter of Steven Casper and Lacy Boyett, both of Batesville, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009.The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Gyles joins hospital staff

August 12, 2009 General surgeon Dr. Nicholas Gyles has joined the medical staff at White River Medical Center in Batesville and Stone County Medical Center in Mountain View, according to a news release.Gyles received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He completed residency training in surgery at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo., and completed a trauma surgery fellowship at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis.

Navy colonel earns award

August 12, 2009 U.S. Navy Col. Jeffrey L. Scott of San Antonio recently graduated from the Army War College distance education program, according to a news release.

Council OKs 911 upgrades

August 12, 2009 A 911 center in Waterloo, Iowa, may be the first in the country to accept texts, but that technology is still some time away from being available in Independence County.Joy Wilson, supervisor of the city’s 911 Dispatch, came before the Batesville City Council Tuesday night to discuss moving both her department and the county Office of Emergency Management “hopefully in the next six months” to the fire station in downtown Batesville.She said “next generation” 911 texting is not available yet in this area.

Southside raises rates

August 12, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Because of increasing operation expenses, the Southside Public Water Authority board voted Tuesday to raise water rates by $1 per customer per month, system Manager John Richardson said.“Effective the September billing cycle, the minimum monthly water charge will go from $13.50 to $14.50,” he said. “The minimum charge will be the only rate to change; all other rate blocks will remain the same.”Customer bills mailed out Oct. 1 will reflect the new rate.The system has approximately 3,550 customers.

FutureFuel certified compliant with ChemStewards Program

August 11, 2009 FutureFuel Chemical Company in Batesville has completed requirements for certification and compliance with the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) ChemStewards program, according to a news release.

Impulse shop offers apparel, accents, accessories

August 11, 2009 Impulse shopping is a growing thing for the young and young-at-heart women of Batesville, according to Melody and Gilbert Lopez, owners of the new Impulse Apparel, Accents & Accessories store in Batesville.The new store offers a full line of women’s tops, jeans, skirts, slacks and shoes, as well as accessories, including designer sunglasses and handbags, along with Diamond Stud glamour belt buckles.There’s also a line of intimate lingerie guaranteed to get special attention anytime, the Lopezes said.

Ark. gets $69M for renovations through stimulus UACCB, Lyon, Ozarka named to list

August 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ colleges and universities, prison system and other state buildings will use more than $69 million in federal stimulus money for renovations and energy-efficiency upgrades, Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday.Beebe announced the distribution of $42.4 million from the federal stimulus package to the state’s colleges and universities. Another $26.6 million will go toward repairs at other facilities, including the Department of Correction.

Locals among Harding grads

August 11, 2009 SEARCY — The following area residents were among the nearly 250 graduates who received diplomas in commencement exercises at Harding University July 25:• Daniel Carrigan of Cave City received a bachelor of arts in leadership and management;• Ryan Curtis of Batesville received a bachelor of business administration in management information systems;• Cassandra Ganus of Batesville received a master of science in physician assistant studies;