David Hidy joins FCB

May 20, 2009 David Hidy has joined First Community Bank as senior vice president of commercial lending, according to a news release.“David Hidy, a respected professional and community-minded banker, is an excellent fit for our organization,” said Dale Cole, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are honored to have him join our family of local bankers. David brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from his 35-plus year banking career. We are always excited to add exceptional bankers who believe in putting community first.

Canoeists rescued

May 20, 2009 A canoe trip on Salado Creek turned serious for a group Saturday afternoon.Police said the group of 10 from the Bradford, Pleasant Plains and Southside areas were trying to float from Pleasant Plains to the Salado Rest Area on Highway 167 when they got into trouble.According to police reports, the 911 call for help came around 6:16 p.m.

Horse sedative sends man to hospital

May 20, 2009 A Fort Smith man who allegedly used horse sedatives at a Batesville motel to get to sleep is “lucky to be alive,” according to a local veterinarian.According to Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter, a Vital Link ambulance was called to the motel just before 6 p.m. Tuesday and when they arrived they noticed items of a suspicious nature and requested police.Carter said when he arrived the ambulance crew was loading 30-year-old William C. Wilson onto a gurney and preparing to transport him to White River Medical Center.

News of other days

May 19, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 31, 1996. 

Students awarded scholarships

May 19, 2009 Ten students have been awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.Kelby A. Jones is a graduate of Midland High School. She is the daughter of Preston Jones and Kimberly Ramsey. She plans to seek an associate of arts. Brittney Landers graduated from Cave City High School. She is the daughter of Alan and Rita Landers. She plans to become a teacher in field of radio, TV and broadcasting.

College Briefs

May 19, 2009 3 awarded scholarships to UACCBThree area seniors have been awarded scholarships to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.Kelly Jackson received a Chancellor’s Scholarship. She graduated from Southside High School in May. She is the daughter of Nina Jackson. She plans to pursue an associate of science degree and transfer to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and go to dental hygiene school.

CPR to be offered

May 19, 2009 The Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class will be offered by Vital Link from 6 to 10 p.m. May 28 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee of $25 will include the textbook and CPR card.To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Econo-Mart adds drive-up window

May 19, 2009  Econo-Mart Pharmacy at 1595 Harrison St., on the corner of Harrison and Sidney streets in Batesville, has added a new service to better serve customers, according to chief pharmacist Paul Holifield.It’s a drive-through window previously used by Kay’s Donuts, which has since closed. The window is located at the north end (rear) of the pharmacy and is accessed from Sidney Street.“We added the window in order to be more convenient to our customers,” Holifield said recently. “It allows us to offer even faster service.”

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 SqueakyFax.com, a Web-based service that helps companies collect payments from past due business accounts by sending them invoice reminders via fax.