Area bank selects city president

May 19, 2009 Newport — John House has been named Regions Bank city president for the Newport and Batesville markets, according to a news release.“John has a proven record in community banking,” said Larry Worsham, community banking executive for Regions Bank. “He is an accomplished banker, well recognized for his talent and commitment to serving customers in both business and the community.”House brings 17 years of experience to his new role. He has served Regions as a relationship manager since 2007.

Duo starts fax service to collect accounts

May 19, 2009 Salem — Creative Entropy Inc., owned and operated by Shane Green and Bruce Brandolino, launched, a Web-based service that helps companies collect payments from past due business accounts by sending them invoice reminders via fax.

Woman earns credentials

May 19, 2009 Pauline Richardson of Batesville has been awarded a Child Development Associate credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood profession.CDA is the only major national efffort to improve child care by evaluating and recognizing the skills of individuals providing care. The first credential was awarded over 30 years ago and now 49 states plus the District of Columbia include CDA in their child care licensing regulations.

Cave student recognized

May 19, 2009 The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that Kristin Keller of Cave City has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in foreign language.The academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.Keller, who attends Cave City High School, was nominated for this honor by Nikki Baker, a Spanish teacher at the school.Keller will appear in the USAA’s Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

Book collaborators encourage cleanup

May 19, 2009 Two writers with area connections  have collaborated together to produce a children’s book, according to a news release.Scott Wolford, formerly of Evening Shade, and Jody Hughes of Batesville are authors of “Gino the Minnow.”Wolford “was raised in the Indiana Dunes National Park with an appreciation for the beaches that are close by,” he said. He worked as a lifeguard on Lake Michigan and spent numerous hours on the beach with friends and family.

Chaplain recognized

May 19, 2009 “Doc” Spurlin, White River Medical Center chaplain, has been awarded the prestigious Academy Certified Master Chaplain, ACMC-III, designation by the Academy of Certified Chaplains, according to a news release. Earning an appointment to the Academy of Certified Chaplain demonstrates true dedication to chaplaincy and a willingness to devote time and energy to advancing the field. The academy was established by the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) as a means to promote and support the area of chaplaincy.

Hooper hired as secretary

May 19, 2009 Jerrie Hooper has been hired as secretary for the Division of Nursing and Allied Health at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, according to a new release.She earned her associate of arts from UACCB and has more than 20 years experience working in secretarial and administrative assistant positions.

Constitution Party to meet

May 19, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — The Constitution Party District #1 will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Don’s Steakhouse in Walnut Ridge, according to Mark West.The meeting is open to the public.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 19, 2009 Plowing to be demonstratedBIRDELL — The 22nd annual Good Earth Association’s Old Fashioned Plowing Demonstration will be held in Birdell (near Pocahontas) on May 23. The day features plowing demonstrations, live music, old farming equipment, games for kids and horse demonstrations. For more information, call Donald Waterworth at (870) 378-0285. Folk group to perform

Caverns announce summer schedules

May 19, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Memorial Day weekend will soon be here, and it marks the opening of Blanchard Springs Caverns’ summer schedule, according to a news release.The caverns will open at 9:30 a.m. and stay open until 6 p.m. All three tours will be offered throughout the day. All tours begin at the Visitor Information Center.