Weston music students honored

May 20, 2009 Students of the Weston Music Studio performed a piano and voice spring recital May 9 at Independence Hall, on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, under the direction of Dr. Sarah Weston.On a stage decorated with large colorful paper flowers and balloons, students ranging in age from 5 to 16 performed piano and voice pieces from beginning levels to very advanced.

Area Briefs

May 20, 2009 Benefit planned for 3-year-old girl battling brain tumor

Stimulus funds to be used for remodeling, renovations

May 20, 2009 Following the meeting Monday, the Batesville School Board met with a committee to look at recommendations on spending more than $3 million in federal stimulus funds.At the end of the session, the board voted unanimously to accept the plans.Plans include:• constructing a fully furnished EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) laboratory;• renovating two science classrooms, furniture and equipment;• remodeling the current media center, lounge and small offices into one large technology-rich media center;

Local companies partner for health

May 20, 2009 A local health program has become one of only two such projects funded in Arkansas, according to a news release from White River Health System in Batesville.Wellness Works is a collaborative effort between WRHS, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences North Central Area Health Education Center, and White River Planning and Development District and funded by a $363,000 grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration.

Board expels student

May 20, 2009 The Batesville School Board voted unanimously to expel a senior Monday evening at the high school after he was caught with a weapon in his vehicle on the school grounds. He is expelled for the remainder of the 2008-09 school year and the first semester of the 2009-10 school year.“If he comes back (in 2009-10) we will give him the chance to make up the credits. He will be able to graduate if he wants,” Superintendent Ted Hall said.In other business, the board:

Ennis celebrates 40 years

May 20, 2009 Some spend their entire lives searching for their dream job. Gary Ennis discovered his during grade school.While his dad, Odell Ennis, was selling cars, he was learning how to sell property from family friend and local real estate agent Max Brooks, who often visited the car lot.“When dad was in the car business he sold Studebakers in the ’50s. I’d sit there and talk with him (Brooks) about the real estate business,” Ennis said.“I’m doing what I have wanted to do since I was 8 years old.”

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.