ASUMH, UAMS partner to offer dental hygiene program this fall

February 19, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — Arkansas State University-Mountain Home and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are partnering once again to bring a new health sciences program to northcentral Arkansas. Through the partnership, a bachelor of science in dental hygiene will be available locally beginning with the fall 2009 semester. The Mountain Home Christian Clinic will serve as the clinical site. Funding for the new endeavor is being provided by UAMS’ Area Health Education Center North Central.

Theme set for Homeschool Day

February 19, 2009 The theme for Homeschool Day at Old Independence Regional Museum, set for 9 a.m. to noon April 13, is based on the museum’s newest exhibit, “Living off the Land — Season by Season,” said Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator.“Which plants were used to make natural inks and dyes? What kinds of tools did people use for planting? What is the difference between a hybrid seed and an heirloom seed?“Was it best to plant potatoes in February or on Good Friday? What materials were used for building houses and where were they gotten?

Miami jury deliberates in Joe Cool boat slayings

February 19, 2009 MIAMI (AP) — A jury in Miami is deliberating a second day in the case of a man accused in the 2007 hijacking of the “Joe Cool” charter boat and killing of four people aboard.The panel resumed discussions today after getting the case on Wednesday. They’re trying to decide the guilt or innocence of 21-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo, a former security guard. Zarabozo’s first trial ended in a hung jury on most charges.

Benoit recovers from illness, reopens copper lantern outfit

February 18, 2009 Old World Lanterns by Benoit, located at 325 E. Main St. in downtown Batesville, is once again open for business. The manufacturers of handcrafted copper lanterns have operated at limited capacity for the past year due to owner and craftsman Brandon Benoit’s extended illness. Benoit has fully recovered, said his wife and partner Nancy Benoit, and the business is returning to full-time operation.

Lyon to present artists

February 18, 2009 The Lyon College Kresge Art Gallery will present The Contemporary Landscape, an international invitational of seven artists. The artists, who work in diverse mediums, herald from the across the U.S. and Germany.The gallery will host a panel discussion Thursday with five of the seven artists from the exhibition. The panel discussion and gallery reception will begin at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Single’s ministry to meet

February 18, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank in George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.The event is open to all Christian singles. Refreshments will be served.For more information, call Glen McKay, who is leading the group and is a Bible instructor at John 3:16 Ministries, at (870) 530-1044.

Author to read to children at Mabee-Simpson Library

February 18, 2009 Gary Harris, Lyon College professor of theatre, will read from his first soon-to-be-published children’s book “A Roly-Poly Jumble-Tumble Bounce of Bumbling Bears” at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lyon’s Mabee-Simpson Library. His original artwork for the book will also be on exhibit. To get everyone in the mood for a festive time, music will be performed before the talk by Kenton Adler, on the small pipes.The event was rescheduled from Jan. 28 due to inclement weather.

UACCB to be host site for College Goal Sunday

February 18, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will be a host site for College Goal Sunday.College Goal Sunday will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the computer labs located in the Main Classroom Building on the UACCB campus. The event is free and open to the public.College Goal Sunday is designed for those students interested in pursuing education beyond high school. Campus personnel will be available to assist students and their families in completing the application for financial aid and to answer questions about financial aid.

Reward offered

February 18, 2009 For the second time in three months, the new Welcome to Batesville sign, midway of the Ramsey Mountain curve south of town, has been the target of paint ball guns.The latest incident was discovered around 8 p.m. Thursday and reported to Independence County Deputy Bret Ward who said the sign had been shot nine times with green paint balls. Orange was the color used in the previous attack Dec. 29.

2008 flood report released

February 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Most flooding in north Arkansas in 2008 are what hydrologists call “25- to 50- year floods,” meaning flooding of that magnitude is expected to happen only once in 25 to 50 years, Jaysson Funkhouser, U.S. Geologic Survey Arkansas Water Science Center surface-water specialist, said last week.That is a 2 percent chance per year, but Funkhouser noted that two such floods impacted the White and Spring rivers within three weeks last March and April.