SCMC gets technological makeover

April 21, 2009 White River Health System Foundation received notification from the United States Department of Agriculture office of Rural Development of a $50,000 grant to benefit Stone County Medical Center. The grant will be used to upgrade SCMC’s information technology system, providing a gateway to the implementation of electronic medical records technology.

Area Briefs

April 21, 2009 Part of Harrison Street to closeThe north lane of Harrison Street in Batesville will be closed approximately four blocks on Thursday as work continues on the street widening project.Officials with the contract crews said the work should take about a day. Burglary, thefts reported

Condemned house saga drawing to a close

April 21, 2009 “Abatement of the nuisance is on its way.” That was the statement made by Batesville City Attorney Scott Stalker at last week’s city council meeting. He was referring to a house at 1089 Grace St. owned by Connie Blevins of Gravette.

Southside to host fundraising walk

April 21, 2009 With the belief that one day all babies will be born healthy, supporters of the March of Dimes organization will be hitting the pavement, rain or shine, Saturday.The Southside High School track will be host again to March for Babies, with a children’s carnival beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration is scheduled for 9, followed by team pictures at 9:30. Participants will begin walking at 10.

Old-fashioned values

April 21, 2009 For 53 years Jimmy Jackson couldn’t stand to be cooped up inside all day — he wanted to be in the fresh air and surrounded by nature.Thursday morning, he was doing just that when he died while working on a county chipping crew on Gainesboro Road.“He was a good husband, a good dad, and a good ‘Pa,’” said his wife of 35 years, Venita Perkey Jackson. “We were looking forward to spending our golden years together. It doesn’t seem real. I keep expecting him to walk inside that door.”

Store owner escapes robber

April 21, 2009 Except for the pistol in his hand and a stocking over his head, the man who walked through the front door of Midway Sales and Pawn Monday afternoon might have looked like any other customer.Store owner Johnnie Ralph Miller was at his Pleasant Plains business at 7615 Batesville Blvd. around 1:30 p.m. when he saw a red pickup truck pull up outside. He said a man dressed in a camouflage hooded coat, along with the nylon stocking, carrying a .22 caliber pistol and some wire, then walked in, according to a police report by Independence County Deputy Jonathan Brown.

News of other days

April 20, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 1, 1996. 

35 new members inducted into UACCB’s PTK chapter

April 20, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, an honor society for students of two-year colleges, inducted 35 new members April 10 during an induction ceremony and installation of officers.

Colleges Briefs

April 20, 2009 Blakley presented award at WBCWalnut Ridge — Chris Blakley of Jonesboro has been presented the 2009 H.L. Waters Christian Ministries Award at Williams Baptist College. Blakley was selected for the award by the Christian ministries faculty at WBC based on his academic achievement in the field.The honor was presented at WBC’s Academic Awards Banquet on April 9.Blakley is a senior at WBC, majoring in Christian ministries. He is married to Rashan Blakley. He is the son of Larry Blakley of Batesville and Diane Meador of Clarksville, Ind.