WBC elects PBL officers

April 6, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Phi Beta Lambda, a society for business students at Williams Baptist College, has elected its officers for the 2011-12 school year. The group selected Patrick Corder as president, Matthew Schweri as vice president and Laure Beltzer as secretary.Corder, who will be a senior next year, is from Smithville. He is married to Jessica Corder, and he is the son of Stephen and Patricia Corder of Smithville.Schweri, who will be a junior, is from Walnut Ridge. He is married to Dunia Rodriguez, and he is the son of Billy and Tina Graham of Bonnerdale.

ASMSA team places

April 6, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Students from Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts participated in the 2011 University of Arkansas High School Programming Contest on March 12 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The contest is hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering and sponsored by the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and by Acxiom.Receiving third place was ASMSA’s “Team Rocket,” which solved five of the eight challenges. Team members were Scott Glover, Arnab Dey and Skittles Smith.

Student wins DAR event

April 6, 2011 MIDLAND — Laken Gravitt, a student at Midland Elementary School, has been named the fifth-grade winner of the statewide Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest.She was honored March 19 at the Arkansas State Society DAR conference at Little Rock where she and her parents were special guests along with members of the Independence County chapter. Gravitt, who won the Independence County division, received a cash award.

Lyon grants scholarship

April 6, 2011 Teri Lane of Batesville has been accepted for admission to Lyon College and has been awarded a transfer student Freedom Plan scholarship.Each year, Lyon College awards scholarships to outstanding applicants who show special promise as productive members of the college community.Lane is the daughter of Lyle Lane, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Linda Lane, of Worland, Wis., as well as the granddaughter of Waneta Reardon, of Pensacola, Fla.

Ozarka students compete

April 6, 2011 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College’s Practical Nursing students and instructors recently attended the 15th annual Arkansas Licensed Practical Nursing Association (ALPNA) Student Skills Competition and Conference held on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Water board to hear reports

April 6, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to consider a light agenda, said Manager John Richardson.The board will review current water and wastewater bills, hear a legal report from attorney Gary Vinson and a manager’s report from Richardson.The manager’s report will include March water and wastewater financial figures and a March system totals report.

Melbourne to hire new coach

April 6, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will be looking to hire a new girls basketball coach when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.Bruce Adams is stepping down as coach, Superintendent Gerald Cooper said.The board will meet in the superintendent’s office. Meetings are open to the public. 

Southside seeking football coach

April 6, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 tonight to interview candidates for a new head football coach. Coach Jon Johnston submitted his resignation in March, Superintendent Roger Rich said.The meeting will be held in the superintendent’s office.

Man killed by semi outside bar

April 6, 2011 FORT SMITH (AP) — Police in Fort Smith say a man was killed when he was run over by a semi in the parking lot of a bar and the driver of the truck is hospitalized after other bar customers attacked him.Investigators say customers inside Lost Beach Island Oasis Bar and Grill went to the parking lot where a husband and wife were arguing Wednesday and that the man got in the truck to drive away. Officers say one customer tried to stop the truck and was hit and killed.

Retired teachers to meet

April 6, 2011 Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at Western Sizzlin in Batesville at noon Monday.  Rick Washam, Arkansas Saves health educator, will present a program about stroke awareness. All retired school employees are encouraged to attend.