Trauma system budget OK’d

May 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Health Board approved a budget Thursday for setting up a statewide trauma-care system, and the state’s health director said officials have already begun asking hospitals to join.The board approved a $25 million initial spending plan for the trauma system, which lawmakers approved earlier this year. The system will be paid for with money from a 56-cent-a-pack increase in cigarette taxes that took effect in March.

Spring into Tourism celebration set

May 8, 2009 The Ozark Gateway Tourist Council will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Monday in the “pocket park” in downtown Batesville.“Spring into Tourism” will include an afternoon of free entertainment, activities, guest speakers from the tourism industry, displays, exhibits and demonstrations by artists, craftspeople and others who contribute to the region’s tourism economy.

Mother arrested for putting 11-year-old in harm’s way

May 8, 2009 An Independence County woman is being charged with endangering her 11-year-old daughter in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night.Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens said when he arrived at the accident scene at Highway 14 and Southern Drive around 9 p.m. he found a 1988 Chrysler LeBaron stuck in a road ditch.Stephens said the driver, 42-year-old Donna Lynn Holder of 197 Rooster Road, was sitting in the car with her young daughter who was wet and cold.

Officer discusses teen violence prevention, KISD

May 8, 2009 By Janice Fae MitchellGuard Staff WriterIndependence County has way too many domestic and sexual assault cases, Detective Mike Mundy told the Batesville Kiwanis last week.Last year, the sheriff’s office had 374 domestic-related cases and 27 sexual assault cases.“Since January of this year,” Mundy said, “we’ve had 132 domestic cases, and as of (April 27), 17 sexual assaults. Those numbers are way too high.”

Engineers compete in human powered vehicle competition

May 8, 2009 Jonesboro — A Pleasant Plains man was among a team from Arkansas State University that recently placed in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle East Challenge at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., April 17-19.ASU’s mechanical engineering team placed third overall in the utility vehicle and seventh overall in the single-rider competition.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 8, 2009 Benefit yard sale plannedA benefit yard sale will be held today and Saturday at 3155 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.A large variety of items will be for sale. The event will be held rain or shine.All proceeds will go to Debbie Branscum Acklin, who is battling cancer.A benefit chili supper and auction will also be held at 5 p.m. May 22 at Oil Trough City Hall. Racial profiling hotline set up

UDC honors WW2, Vietnam veterans for military service

May 8, 2009 Four United States veterans were honored for their military service during the Lee/Jackson/Maury Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The luncheon was held at the Batesville Country Club on April 25. Kathy Hickerson, serving as a page, welcomed members and guests to the luncheon. Kathy Whittenton, second vice president, served as hostess for the meeting. The national, state and Confederate flags were posted by pages Elizabeth Cooper, Kay Southerland and Ernestine Boyce.

Area Briefs

May 8, 2009 Musicians for festival discussed

Batesville’s STAR program gets under way June 3

May 8, 2009 The Batesville School District is once again accepting applications for the Summer To Always Remember (STAR) program. This program is designed to provide a fun and safe environment for children who have completed kindergarten through the sixth grade, according to a news release. Approximately 140 children are expected to participate in the summer program, which will include weekly swimming, bowling, music ad gymnastics play.

New business comes to Sharp County

May 8, 2009 ASH FLAT — When people enjoy a visit to a scenic area like the Spring River country, they sometimes move there — and bring their business ventures along with them.That was one of the lessons the 50 people attending the Sharp County Powering Rural Development public input session on Thursday took away with them.The first people have been hired at an inbounds call center in the Cherokee Village town center, Greg Bess, head of the county’s economic development initiative, said.