Melbourne seniors to graduate May 15

May 7, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School graduation will be at 7 p.m. May 15 in the high school gymnasium.Co-valedictorians are Kaleena Kristin Hutchins, Chelsey LyTae Moser and Brittnee Rae Arnold.Co-salutatorians are Jennifer Nicole Grigg and Jessika René Foster.Hutchins, the daughter of Donald and Linda Hutchins, plans to attend Lyon College for a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry before entering a graduate program to become a pharmacist.

UACCB announces technical certificate recipients for 2009

May 7, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced its technical certificate graduates for 2009.Honor graduates are denoted as summa cum laude (cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher) magna cum laude (cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.89) and cum laude (cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.74).Graduates are as follows:Technical Certificate-business-accounting supportBatesville — Pamela Wood, Rose Evans (cum laude), Shawn Gonzalez, Brandon McClain (summa cum laude)Locust Grove — Kaye Ellis (summa cum laude)

Historic Preservation Month being observed in Batesville

May 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh is among 99 officials in 57 Arkansas counties who have declared May as Historic Preservation Month, Frances McSwaim, Arkansas Historic Preservation program director, said.“The theme of Historic Preservation Month 2009 is ‘This Place Matters,’” McSwaim said. “We hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially those listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

Friends and Family Briefs

May 7, 2009 Cemeteries plan clean-up day NEWARK — Edwards Cemetery at Newark will have its annual clean-up day beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.Volunteers are asked to bring their own tools. ———FLORAL — The cleaning at Pine Grove Cemetery in Floral will be Saturday.Volunteer workers are needed. Students to perform recital

Happy Mother’s Day

May 7, 2009 Today is a celebration of the smaller moments that only the moms still remember and carry in their hearts. This holiday is about the moms who showed up so often our kids assumed we were sitting in the car waiting, which gave them the confidence to get back to the task at hand.If we’ve done our job right they have often taken us for granted but in a moment of crisis repeated something we thought they never heard because it looked like they weren’t listening.

Area Briefs

May 7, 2009 Cornerstone to host  Mother’s Day weekend

Pioneer Day arrests reported

May 7, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department reported some alcohol related arrests Pioneer Day Weekend, but Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the number of arrests were not that much greater than that of a regular weekend. Patrick Davis, 24, of Melbourne was arrested early Sunday after a deputy saw a truck parked at a Melbourne convenience store with the driver slumped over the steering wheel. The vehicle’s engine was running and the driver was aroused, according to Lawrence, after several attempts were made to awaken him.

Pedestrian struck by van

May 7, 2009 Witnesses say a 20-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle as he ran across a busy downtown street Tuesday went against a red light.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Carter said that Joshua C. Jarrett, of 480 Cave Creek Road was struck by a 1993 Chevrolet van traveling south on Central Avenue and driven by 35-year-old Ismael Pena of Neeley Street around 4:10 p.m.The accident occurred at the intersection of Central and Main Street as Jarrett reportedly ran across Central Avenue, from lower Main, and into the path of the van.

Are you in compliance? Code enforcement office dealing with new ordinances

May 7, 2009 Paved parking lots, billboards, 911 addressing, grass height — these are just a few of the new regulations put into place over the last several years by the Batesville City Council.In some cases, the council has adopted several new ordinances; in others, amendments have been added to existing regulations. Either way, there have been a lot of changes and not everyone may be aware of them, Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure said. Parking lots

Man shot

May 7, 2009 CAVE CITY — A Cave City man wounded in the face by a gunshot was being transferred to a Little Rock hospital about 9 this morning, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.“The shooting occurred at 407 Stout Street at Devonda Furr’s residence,” Weaver said. “It was reported to 911 at 5:28 this morning.”The victim, 50-year-old Gar Jacobs, was taken to White River Medical Center, then was being transferred to the University of Arkansas Center for Medical Sciences due to the seriousness of the wound.