Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary Library for expulsion hearings for three middle school students, Superintendent Steven Green said.The students are boys. Two are in the seventh grade and one is an eighth-grader.The situation is drug-related.After the hearings, the board will discuss a certified employee’s position and administrative contracts during a personnel session.The directors will also consider a proposed 2009-10 school calendar.A monthly financial report completes the agenda.

OrigiNails offers customer state-of-art treatment

February 17, 2009 Touted by its owners as the newest and most comfortable business of its type in town, OrigiNails & Spa is now open for business at 2397 Harrison St. in Batesville.“When the client steps through the door I want them to see the difference,” said Kim Tu, owner/manager of OrigiNails & Spa. “The difference is not only in the decor, but the personal attention, friendlier service we offer and the quieter, more relaxed atmosphere where they know they are special,” she said during a recent interview.

Robotics team has leg up on competition

February 17, 2009 Members of the Lego Robotics Team at Central Magnet Math and Science were at the Batesville School Board meeting Monday afternoon to receive congratulations on winning their first trophy.The second-place trophy was earned by the team for the research and quality they put into their project at the 2008 Arkansas First Lego League Championship Tournament and Junior First Lego League Expo in Mountain Home recently.The First Lego League is a Junior Robotics Team, sponsored by Debra Smith. The challenge was “climate connection.”

Lyon College named to community service honor roll

February 17, 2009 The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Lyon College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

Hospital announces new administrator

February 17, 2009 Mountain View — Karen Craft will retire Friday as Stone County Medical Center’s chief operating officer. She has been a part of the White River Health System family since 1975, when she began her career in the White River Medical Center clinical laboratory. In 2002, she was named administrator of SCMC. Under her leadership, the hospital experienced substantial growth in admissions and clinical services, according to a news release.

Officials seek public’s help in finding 3-year-old

February 17, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Investigators searching for a missing 3-year-old boy say they have exhausted almost all their leads, and on Monday called on the public to come forward with any information that could be related to the case.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department continues to work on locating cemetery headstones that disappeared some weeks ago from a cemetery near Knob Creek, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The Pauper’s Cemetery was cleaned and headstones were constructed and put up in the small cemetery by the local cemetery association. Lawrence said the association has worked many cemeteries in the county, identifying unmarked graves, casting the headstones and erecting them. Lawrence said that shortly after the headstones were erected, they disappeared.

Go Red for Women event well attended

February 16, 2009 Valentine’s Day usually brings to mind heart-shaped boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers, but last Thursday some 280 people had a different kind of heart on their minds at the Go Red for Women luncheon.The event is an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, which reports that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.The luncheon has raised about $40,000 for the heart association, but it was a first for Betty Harper of Batesville who was there with her sister, Joann Cothrine.

Local governments seek aid from storm

February 16, 2009 FEMA has promised aid money for damages caused by a recent ice storm, but it won’t be right away and there’s lots of paperwork to be done first.That was the message heard by dozens of city and county government representatives who packed the juvenile courtroom in Batesville Friday afternoon.The “good news, bad news” scenario regarding response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency came from Sylvia Hardy, the public assistance coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Sharp Co. judge puts road damage at $2M

February 16, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County, still dealing with the aftermath of the recent ice storm, probably has more than $2 million in damage — not counting damages to individuals’ homes, property and timber, County Judge Larry Brown told the quorum court last week.“What made it so bad, it was so widespread,” he said.“That’s a conservative estimate.”