Purcell talks about higher ed

April 1, 2009 The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is working to make applying for scholarships and obtaining degrees easier than ever before.“Arkansas is legendary for its people, for the work ethic and things of that nature, but perhaps maybe not for education as of yet,” said Jim Purcell, director of Arkansas Department of Higher Education. “So we’ve got to be concerned; there are a lot of things we need to do.”

Local preschool offering new curriculum

April 1, 2009 All children have the potential to construct their own learning, with the proper resources.That is one of the basic principles of a unique curriculum now being offered at The Learning Center Preschool, located in west Batesville.Sherri Traw, owner and lead teacher, announced that The Learning Center has recently changed the curriculum format to a Reggio Emilia Approach, named after an Italian village that developed the new educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education.

Celebrating 20 years

April 1, 2009 CAVE CITY — While in college, Michael Wilson was unsure exactly what he wanted to do for a living.“I went and visited several different professionals and followed them around, watching what they do for half a day, and nothing was really exciting,” Wilson said.“Then I went and spent half a day with Dr. Ron Erwin in Batesville, and within five minutes of following him around, I knew what I wanted to do. I left there very excited.”Today, Dr. Wilson and his staff celebrate their 20th year in his Wilson Chiropractic Clinic in Cave City.

News of other days

March 31, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 11, 1996. 

Colleges Briefs

March 31, 2009 CC senior named Wells ScholarAURORA, N.Y. — Mary Bailey, a high school senior from Cave City, has been named a Henry Wells Scholar at Wells College.

Engine service expands

March 31, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Stewart Services Inc., located at 49 Allen Chapel Road. has announced the addition of a new technician to help with the company expanding small engine/home appliance repair business, according to owner Pat Rice.“Darryl Rodgers has 20 years experience in lawn equipment repair and we are glad to have him join our staff,” Rice said recently.

Massage therapist joins Curves; specials offered

March 31, 2009 The management at Curves has added licensed massage therapist Misty Sanders to the staff. Available by appointment between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sanders said she is happy to offer her relaxing and healthy massage services to local women.“So many people who work at a desk all day carry their stress in their upper body, they just stay keyed up all the time,” Sanders said.

Medicated driver faces several charges

March 31, 2009 Arrested for being under the influence of drugs as he drove home from the hospital, a Batesville man is scheduled to answer to the charge in a court appearance on April 22, according to a report by Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins.Melvin Barraco, 55, of Desha was stopped on Lawrence Street around 3:45 p.m. Monday after Collins reportedly saw him run off the right side of the roadway.

Mountain View man charged with DWI

March 31, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Mountain View man was arrested early Sunday morning following a traffic stop.Dominic Nelson, 35, was seen near the intersection of highways 5 and 56 driving in a suspicious manner around 1 a.m., Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Nelson was later charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle without insurance and driving on a suspended license. While being booked into the Izard County jail, Nelson was charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test.