Tuition goes up

April 29, 2011 The cost of getting a diploma at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville just got a little higher. The UACCB Board of Visitors last week approved a tuition increase of $3 per credit hour for both in-district and out-of-district students wanting to attend the two-year college beginning this fall. In-state tuition will increase to $60 from $57 per credit hour while out-of-district tuition will increase to $72 from $69.

‘Prescription for Addiction’ platform for teen

April 29, 2011 Music may well be Ashleigh Rogers’ first priority, but bringing awareness to the growing abuse of prescription drugs is another.The 17-year-old who holds the title of Miss Batesville says she knows first-hand about the problems which has become her “Prescription for Addiction” platform.The Batesville High School senior said she has watched the addiction for prescription drugs take over the lives of her family.

Deep South braces for rising Mississippi River

April 29, 2011 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A surge of water not seen since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is forecast in coming days to test the enormous levees lining the Mississippi River on its course through the Deep South, adding another element of danger to a region already raked by deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms.

Ada Mae McCracken Ray to mark 93rd birthday

April 29, 2011 MOUNT PLEASANT — Ada Mae McCracken Ray of Mount Pleasant is celebrating her 93rd birthday today.She has a son, Remmel Ray; a daughter, Barbara Collie; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Bull Shoals park to host Civil War event

April 29, 2011 BULL SHOALS — One hundred and fifty years after it began the Civil War remains one of the most significant events in the history of the United States. Its impact is still felt in politics, customs and business. In Arkansas, it was an ugly personal and decidedly un-civil affair that touched everyone’s lives, according to a news release from Bull Shoals-White River State Park.

Arkansas rivers back up; state death toll hits 13

April 29, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Flooding in Pocahontas on Thursday inundated the city’s grocery stores and cut off the main north-south highway through town as river systems across east Arkansas continued to back up because the Mississippi River is so high.Counties from the Missouri border to Louisiana reported flooding, a condition that will continue until at least the middle of May.“We think this is going to be an issue for weeks, not days, in east Arkansas,” said Matt DeCample, spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe.

Crawford touts GOP plan at town hall

April 29, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford touted his party’s plan to privatize Medicare and cut government spending before a quiet, mostly friendly audience Thursday night — a far cry from the booing and jeering many House Republicans have faced at town halls this spring.Crawford addressed about 100 people in Jonesboro in his first town hall meeting since joining Congress in January. He said the budget passed earlier this month by House Republicans would help reduce the nation’s debt and prevent Medicare from going under.

10K a Day is the Way named a success

April 29, 2011 Ever tried walking 10,000 steps a day?Employees from White River Medical Center, Stone County Medical Center and area businesses including Citizens Bank, LaCroix Optical, Concord Specialties and the city of Batesville have, collectively, walked nearly 50,000 miles (or over 116 million steps) to better their health. White River Health System’s CommHealth Program recently concluded its 10K a Day is the Way walking project using smart pedometers. More than 200 area employees participated in the 90-day pilot project.

Outages decrease

April 29, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The number of customers without electricity after deadly severe storms pounded Arkansas earlier this week continues to decline.Entergy Arkansas officials said Thursday the outage tally is at 15,000, down from 88,000 at the height of the storms.Utility company officials say about 1,200 additional workers have been brought to Arkansas to help with the restoration.Entergy officials say preliminary reports indicate 727 poles are either down or broken, 1,296 spans of wire need to be replaced and another 696 spans needed fallen trees removed from them.

Architects gather input for new student center

April 29, 2011 Lyon College is moving forward with plans to rebuild its student center and dining hall after a fire destroyed both in October.Architects from Roark Perkins Perry Yelvington Architects in Little Rock spent last week meeting with students, faculty and staff to find out what they would like to see incorporated into the new building.Ideas given to the architects included stages for performances, banquet rooms, meeting rooms, health and wellness areas, game room, snack bar, campus store, mail room and lounges.