Concord accepts $60,560 bid on stimulus job

July 17, 2009 CONCORD — School directors at Concord accepted a bid of $60,560 for a campus-wide electrical and computer wiring improvement project, Superintendent Mike Davidson said.The work, to be paid for by federal stimulus funds, is expected to begin as soon as the state Department of Education’s facilities division approved the project.Some cracking stonework has already been pulled off one building as another stimulus funds project is under way, he said. New concrete footing will be poured at that site, and the stone is to be replaced with bricks.

Stone County Medical Center adds patient rooms

July 17, 2009 Mountain View — Stone County Medical Center is in the process of adding eight modular patient rooms to increase inpatient capacity of the hospital to the pre-tornado level during an ongoing construction period, according to a news release.The modular section is specifically designed for health care and will connect directly into the current patient care wing.Seven rooms will be semi-private and one will be private and will be ready for patients mid to late August.

Lyon participates in ribbon program

July 17, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lyon College is among 13 colleges, universities and schools across Arkansas that have entered into Yellow Ribbon Program agreements with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve financial aid for veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.More than 3,400 agreements were received from the 1,100 schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, according to a news release.

UACCB, Bateville discuss cost, leasing

July 17, 2009 By next week the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville should be another step closer in knowing what potential lies with the now-vacant Cushman School District. Gayle Cooper, UACCB vice chancellor of finance and administration, met today with Batesville Superintendent Ted Hall to discuss the cost and leasing of the Cushman campus and finalization of an agreement detailing what UACCB would be expected to pay in order to use the property.

Son shares dad’s WWII pictures

July 17, 2009 Myrlas Matthews had just graduated from dental school when he went into the military. While his comrades were armed with guns and tanks, Myrlas had his dental clinic and a camera, capturing moments as only an insider could.Now, many of those pictures will be shared with the general public at the Independence County Fair, during the first Veterans Appreciation Day, said his son, Doug, also a dentist. Until Myrlas’ retirement, the two worked together in the same downtown Batesville office building, which still bears Myrlas’ name on the front.

News of other days

July 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 29, 1996.

Blanchard Springs sets summer programs

July 16, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release. Next week’s topic is planets and stars, and programs are:

Guard rolls out new utility helicopter

July 16, 2009 CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON ­— The Arkansas Army National Guard unveiled its newest workhorse helicopter July 14 at a ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.Two shiny new UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopters have been delivered to the Arkansas Guard straight off the EADS North America manufacturing line in Columbus, Miss. Two more are slated to arrive in October and four more are due in by 2011.

Rendezvous turns violent

July 16, 2009  The reception wasn’t what Wesley B. Raby expected when he stopped in west Batesville Tuesday night to rendezvous with a woman he had met earlier at a local club.Raby met with police at the Hollywood Bowl around 11:40 p.m. and said after meeting a woman at the American Legion earlier in the night, he had stopped by a residence on State Street to meet with her again, and that’s when trouble started.

Family and Friends Briefs

July 16, 2009 Southside to hold VBSSOUTHSIDE — Southside Methodist Church will have its vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday with a program and potluck on Wednesday.This year’s theme is “Camp EDGE: Experience and Discover God Everywhere,” with classes for children age 3 through sixth grade.The church is located off Highway 167 on Magnolia Street, across from the school.