Ozarka to host transfer fair

February 20, 2009 Melbourne — The TRiO Department of Ozarka College is once again hosting a College Transfer Fair. The event will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the halls of the John E. Miller Education Complex on the main campus in Melbourne. College representatives from four-year colleges around the state will be on hand to offer students all the information needed about their different degree programs, available scholarships and transferring.

Lyon announces schedule, new ticket prices for event

February 20, 2009 In April, the sound of bagpipes and drums will once again be heard loud and clear throughout the Lyon College campus during the 30th Arkansas Scottish Festival.This year’s festival, scheduled for April 17-19, features new activities, pipe bands and entertainment as well as more vendors and reduced ticket prices.

Area soldier earns wings

February 20, 2009 When Amy Penn graduated high school, she had no clue what to do next. She started to go to college, but her heart wasn’t in it. She worked but had no ambitions. Two years later, she enlisted in the military and has found more excitement than she ever would have in a civilian job — by jumping out of airplanes. More importantly, she’s found her focus: She wants to teach.———Today, when she jumps out of a plane, she said she gets about 70 feelings all at once — and they all happen in a matter of about four seconds.

Baby boomers shakin’ things up

February 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — Baby boomers are trickling into nursing homes, and changes are trickling in with them.That trickle of changes is expected to turn into a flood.That’s one reason the Cave City Nursing Home needed an activity center, which is now under construction, Activity Director Pat Christopher said.The center, expected to be completed in early summer, will offer a wider variety of activities, in a pleasant and uninterrupted atmosphere, she said.

Bass tourneys set

February 20, 2009 The Batesville Bassmasters 2009 tournament schedule was set during its February meeting, reporter Colin Patterson said.

Wild game supper, youth expo slated

February 20, 2009 Fun, food and fellowship will be the order of the day, and night, when the Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church presents its annual wild game supper and youth expo March 7.Sporting a brand new building with plenty of space for activities, the church will again offer a variety of wild game dishes, door prizes and guest speakers.According to Bill Barker, just one of many church members involved in the event, this year will definitely be bigger and better than ever.

Robinson lands on feet

February 20, 2009 From the outside, Renard Robinson has a bright future ahead. He works and goes to school and spends whatever free time he has with his family, including his fiancée.But things weren’t always quite so rosy. Robinson, 31, had a few troublesome years.That is, until he came to John 3:16 Ministries in April 2007 looking for help.

Three children die in fire

February 20, 2009 MADISON (AP) — Three children died early today in a house fire in eastern Arkansas, though the mother was able to rescue an infant sibling from the flames.The four-bedroom brick home was fully engulfed when emergency responders arrived, Madison Police Chief Jonathan Parks said.Parks said the baby is 6 months old. The ages of the children who died was 13, 10 and 4.“All of them, I knew well,” Parks said. “It’s a small community.”

Cave City woman gives direction to toddlers

February 20, 2009 The Grapevine Daycare Center, operating in conjunction with the New Life Family Church of God in Batesville, has a new director, Ramona A. Brewer, who is a certified child development associate.“I just recently moved back to Cave City from El Paso (Texas) where I worked as the lead teacher with the Army Child Development Centers,” Brewer said during a recent interview. “I graduated from Cave City High School in 1994. I have a background in child care, and experience as the owner and director of Leaps and Bounds, a home preschool program.”

Charges filed in check forgery case

February 19, 2009 Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Batesville man accused of trying to cash a check on a closed account at the drive-through window of a local bank, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.Bittle said employees of the bank called police when 37-year-old Fred Owen Hicks presented the check and a teller discovered the check was on a closed account.