Finance major earns fellowship

March 14, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE — Melissa Hinds of Batesville, a senior honors finance major in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded a state Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship, according to a news release. The fellowship will fund her research project, “Leaders of the Credit Crisis: Where are they now? A Study of how the 2008 Credit Crisis has Altered the Reactions of the Labor Market.” Her faculty mentor is Juan Manuel Sanchez.Hinds is the daughter of Patricia Hinds and William Hinds and a graduate of Batesville High School.

Hillcrest junior to detail research at symposium

March 14, 2011 STRAWBERRY — Two years of scientific research on the Strawberry River afforded Joshua Shaw, a junior at Hillcrest High School, the chance to present his findings during the 45th Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Arkansas Technical University in Russellville March 11 and 12.

Sulphur Rock man dies in crash north of Evening Shade

March 14, 2011 EVENING SHADE — Arkansas State Police Trooper Seth Higginbottom said 77-year-old Richard D. Brekke of 160 E. Charles St., Sulphur Rock, died when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway about two miles north of Evening Shade just before 10:30 Sunday morning. Higginbottom said Brekke’s Ford vehicle struck an embankment, went airborne and then rolled over an unknown number of times before it came to rest upright.Brekke, who was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, was taken to White River Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Rebuilding under discussion

March 14, 2011 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will meet at 7 tonight to discuss rebuilding the city hall, which was destroyed by a mid-December fire, said Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne.The meeting will be in the Oil Trough Senior Citizens building.The burned-out shell of the city hall building was razed and the lot cleared during the latter half of February.Monthly departmental reports and current bills will also be reviewed.

School conducting mock drill

March 14, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School District will be conducting a mock accident for high-schoolers at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. The activity will include local fire and police personnel as well as Air Evac and is being conducted to raise awareness about the harmful effects of drunk driving and texting while driving.

Pfeiffer reports due

March 14, 2011 The Pfeiffer Public Water Authority board will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Batesville Municipal Building for its routine monthly business session, said Nick Baxter, office manager.The meeting is open to the public.

ADEQ: Law not violated

March 14, 2011 SEARCY (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says an extensive review has found nothing to indicate a gas services company violated any law when dangerous fumes leaked from a container last year, prompting the evacuation of about two-dozen homes in the area.The Searcy Daily Citizen reports that the state agency hasn’t fined Superior Well Services for the Nov. 11 incident near Searcy.

Cedar Ridge eyes transition program

March 14, 2011 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the central office board room, 1502 N. Hill St., Newark. Agenda items include a student transfer and discussion of the Newark Elementary transitional kindergarten and program for 4-year-olds, summer school, Arkansas School Board Association policy updates and financial and personnel reports.Meetings are open to the public.

Community School to meet

March 14, 2011 The Community School Inc. of Batesville will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at White River Specialized Industries, 1550 Cottonwood Drive, Batesville.Meetings are open to the public.

Southside band to sell burgers

March 14, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High School band students will be selling burgers, chips and drinks from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the high school cafeteria during parent-teacher conferences.Proceeds will be used by the band for school activities, teachers said.