Lyon students earn academic awards

May 12, 2009 Six Lyon College students earned awards for their academic work at Saturday’s 137th commencement. The winners are: • The Charles H. Coffin Medal (the highest academic award) — Leah Byers of Lexa. Established as a memorial to Dr. Coffin by a former classmate of his at Lyon, the Coffin Scholarship Medal is the highest academic honor bestowed on a graduating senior, and is awarded each year to an honor graduate who has taken his or her last three years of work at the college as a regular student.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 12, 2009 Ethel King to be honored SaturdayCAVE CITY — Ethel King will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the conference room of Cave City Nursing Home, located at 442 Taylor Circle.King has two children; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.All friends and relatives are invited to attend. Fish fry set for Saturday

Club News

May 12, 2009 Charlotte EHCCharlotte — Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met May 5 at Aileen Baker’s home for the last time, as the Bakers are moving to Texas.Five members were present. The club agreed what it could do for the Bakers was to help carry off boxes of stuff they didn’t want, and it gave the family a card.

Do we need both?

May 12, 2009 Wow, I’m in a category that’s “disproportionately low-income, young, renters and Hispanics,” according to an Associated Press story that came over the wire last week. That sounds a little curious since I wouldn’t classify myself as any of those — except young, of course — but it’s because Gary and I have no landline phone. We just use our cell phones, and we’ve been doing so for a while now.

Area Briefs

May 12, 2009 Oil Trough woman dies in Jackson County crash

Blue Ribbon Committee to hold first meeting

May 12, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — With the appointment process complete, the newly created “Arkansas Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance” has scheduled its first meeting for 1:30 p.m. May 21 in Room 149 of the State Capitol in Little Rock. 

Arrest made in Newark burglaries

May 12, 2009 A teenager is in juvenile custody on charges that he burglarized two Newark businesses Tuesday night.Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers said a 14-year-old boy is accused of burglarizing the Newark Pharmacy and The Treasure Shop antique/collectables store May 5. Employees at the businesses discovered the burglaries when they came to work the next morning.

84 graduate from Lyon

May 12, 2009 As 84 Lyon College seniors walked across the stage Saturday morning to receive their bachelor degrees, college president Walter Roettger realized in a way, he is graduating with them. He was there four years ago when they first arrived on campus, and now he too is leaving with them as they enter the world outside of Lyon.Roettger, who will retire June 30 after 11 years of service to the college, was the speaker at the college’s 137th commencement. Eighty-four graduates received bachelor of art and bachelor of science degrees during the ceremony.

Sharp tax figures up

May 12, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County justices got some good news Monday, learning that sales tax revenue received in April was up slightly, County Judge Larry Brown said.“This figure was for receipts in February,” he said. “Receipts for January (received in March) were down slightly.”Seeing the sales tax revenue bounce back up gave county officials a better feeling, since that put the revenue projections back on track for the year, for now.The county received $66,191 in April, up $1,582 from the same month in 2008.

Bube awarded prize

May 12, 2009 Dr. Paul Custodio Bube, W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion, has been awarded the 2009-10 Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Williamson Prize is given annually by Lyon College to the faculty member deemed to be the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane and Christian values and contributions to the community. Bube joined the Lyon faculty in 2001 after serving as professor of religion and philosophy and chair of the department at Kansas Wesleyan University.