Area Briefs

April 14, 2009 Tax rally planned in Batesville

Beebe names Batesville woman, two others to lottery commission

April 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe appointed the remaining three members of the Arkansas Lottery Commission Monday, clearing the way for the panel to meet and begin hiring staff and contracting with vendors for the state-run games approved by voters last year.Beebe on Monday named George J. Hammons of Pine Bluff, Dianne Lamberth of Batesville and Ben Pickard of Beebe to the nine-member panel. Legislative leaders had already named the others.

Batesville native finds niche in hotel chains

April 14, 2009 It’s a big step from coaching football to building hotels, and an even bigger step from the small town of Batesville to big cities across the United States, but Mickey Powell says he has been lucky to do all he’s done.Now he sits on what might be one of the most influential boards in the state: the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, of which he was recently named chairman by Gov. Mike Beebe.

$10M to $15M of good news for Sharp JPs

April 14, 2009 ASH FLAT — Engineer Stewart Noland, briefing the Sharp County Quorum Court on Monday, said he could hardly believe his eyes when reading his e-mail about government funding for a proposed $30 million local natural gas pipeline.“I read my e-mail and it said $10 million in stimulus funds were available for this project,” Noland, of Crist Engineers, said. “I read another e-mail a little bit later and it said $15 million may be available for this project.

Intersection to get lights

April 14, 2009 NEWARK — A Newark intersection that claimed the lives of four people in 2008 is set to receive new safety measures from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, according to Dan Flowers, department director.In a recent press release, Flowers said a crash analysis was completed at the intersection of Highway 69 and Highway 122 near Newark and it was determined that safety enhancements are warranted for the intersection.

Coroner appointed

April 14, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — David Lackey, appointed Cleburne County coroner by the local quorum court Monday night, said this morning he sought the position because he feels citizens who want change should step up to the plate and do their duty.“I feel like the county, the people of the county, were ready for something different,” he said.

News of other days

April 13, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 24, 1996. 

Colleges Briefs

April 13, 2009 Area students receive funding from LyonA number of area students have been accepted for admission to Lyon College and have been awarded various scholarships, according to a news release from the college.Megan Holifield, a Batesville High School student, received the Anderson scholarship valued at $19,034 per year. She is the daughter of Dr. Paul and Karen Holifield of Batesville.

CASA gets new director, plans rummage sale

April 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — Amber Jines is the new director of volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Sharp County, one of three counties in the Third Judicial District. According to a news release, Jines is no stranger to the court system, having worked as an evidence technologist in Little Rock for nine years. As an evidence tech she worked with inanimate objects related to the court cases. As the volunteer coordinator, she works with the volunteers, children in the child welfare system and their families.