OrigiNails offers customer state-of-art treatment

February 17, 2009 Touted by its owners as the newest and most comfortable business of its type in town, OrigiNails & Spa is now open for business at 2397 Harrison St. in Batesville.“When the client steps through the door I want them to see the difference,” said Kim Tu, owner/manager of OrigiNails & Spa. “The difference is not only in the decor, but the personal attention, friendlier service we offer and the quieter, more relaxed atmosphere where they know they are special,” she said during a recent interview.

Robotics team has leg up on competition

February 17, 2009 Members of the Lego Robotics Team at Central Magnet Math and Science were at the Batesville School Board meeting Monday afternoon to receive congratulations on winning their first trophy.The second-place trophy was earned by the team for the research and quality they put into their project at the 2008 Arkansas First Lego League Championship Tournament and Junior First Lego League Expo in Mountain Home recently.The First Lego League is a Junior Robotics Team, sponsored by Debra Smith. The challenge was “climate connection.”

Lyon College named to community service honor roll

February 17, 2009 The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Lyon College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

Hospital announces new administrator

February 17, 2009 Mountain View — Karen Craft will retire Friday as Stone County Medical Center’s chief operating officer. She has been a part of the White River Health System family since 1975, when she began her career in the White River Medical Center clinical laboratory. In 2002, she was named administrator of SCMC. Under her leadership, the hospital experienced substantial growth in admissions and clinical services, according to a news release.

Officials seek public’s help in finding 3-year-old

February 17, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Investigators searching for a missing 3-year-old boy say they have exhausted almost all their leads, and on Monday called on the public to come forward with any information that could be related to the case.

Area Briefs

February 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department continues to work on locating cemetery headstones that disappeared some weeks ago from a cemetery near Knob Creek, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The Pauper’s Cemetery was cleaned and headstones were constructed and put up in the small cemetery by the local cemetery association. Lawrence said the association has worked many cemeteries in the county, identifying unmarked graves, casting the headstones and erecting them. Lawrence said that shortly after the headstones were erected, they disappeared.

Next two ‘Habitat’ families announced

February 17, 2009 To some, a doorbell might not seem like much.But for Dale and Tabitha Leigel, it means more than words can say.Next month, Independence County’s first Habitat for Humanity family will move into the house that has taken 52 weekends and more than 2,000 hours to build.It’s a house they can call their own after years of renting.At Habitat for Humanity’s “Home Is Where The Heart Is” benefit banquet Saturday night, Tabitha said it was “heart” and a lot of it that went into the building of their new house.

Arrest made on gun theft

February 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — Following the Friday night disappearance of a handgun inside a Melbourne apartment, Dustin Baird, 21, of Melbourne was arrested with formal charges of theft pending. Baird, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, was granted permission to enter the apartment under some pretense and when he left the apartment the handgun was missing. The sheriff’s department has recovered the handgun at another residence. Charges of theft by receiving and being a felon in possession of a gun are pending against the occupant of the other residence.

Local governments seek aid from storm

February 16, 2009 FEMA has promised aid money for damages caused by a recent ice storm, but it won’t be right away and there’s lots of paperwork to be done first.That was the message heard by dozens of city and county government representatives who packed the juvenile courtroom in Batesville Friday afternoon.The “good news, bad news” scenario regarding response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency came from Sylvia Hardy, the public assistance coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Go Red for Women event well attended

February 16, 2009 Valentine’s Day usually brings to mind heart-shaped boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers, but last Thursday some 280 people had a different kind of heart on their minds at the Go Red for Women luncheon.The event is an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, which reports that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.The luncheon has raised about $40,000 for the heart association, but it was a first for Betty Harper of Batesville who was there with her sister, Joann Cothrine.