Body of man, car found at lake

January 24, 2011 SPRINGDALE (AP) — Washington County authorities say the body of a Springdale man has been found on the shores of Beaver Lake. The man was identified as 40-year-old Timothy Hawkins, who was last seen at the lake on Wednesday.His car was discovered submerged in the lake Thursday afternoon, and his body was found the following morning nearby. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the body was frozen and it could have been lying there anywhere from 24 to 72 hours.

Ark. mayor cuts salary for his city

January 24, 2011 HOXIE (AP) — During his campaign to become Hoxie’s mayor last fall, Lanny Tinker promised to clean up the city.Now that he’s begun his term as mayor, Tinker said he’s making good on the promise by taking $5,000 out of his mayoral salary to put into a city cleanup fund.“There is no excuse for a city of our size to have these kinds of eyesores,” Tinker said, later adding, “I want to give back to the community that has given so much to me.”

Non-traditional student earns master’s degree

January 24, 2011 After working 16 years at Arkansas Eastman in Batesville, Lance Hall wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when his employer was bought by another company which got him thinking about his future and his family.Today, he serves as an occupational therapist for the Batesville School District, a position he’s held since the start of the 2010-11 school year.A Batesville High School graduate, Hall dropped out of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville after starting his second semester.

Garden applications ready

January 21, 2011 Applications are being accepted for the 2011 gardening season at the White River Community Garden at 1820 Myers St., across from Row Lake in Batesville.Applications are available at the garden, Batesville City Hall, Batesville Chamber of Commerce and Independence County Extension OfficeFor more information contact Sharon or Chester Clark at (870) 251-2148 or Susan Shawver at (870) 698-9788.

JAG seeks employers

January 21, 2011 The Batesville High School JAG (Jobs for Arkansas Graduates) program has received funding from the Arkansas Department of Career Education and is currently seeking employers willing to host students for the 2011 session. Funding will subsidize 24 salaries paid by employers for approved internship opportunities for students at Batesville High School. Employers will be reimbursed up to $9.06 per hour.Students may work less but no more than 20 hours in any one school week and no more than 360 hours during the duration of the program. The program begin Feb. 1 and ends June 30.

March of Dimes kicks off Jan. 27

January 21, 2011 March Of Dimes of Independence County will hold its annual kick-off celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville.“March of Dimes invites you to join ambassadors, teams and anyone interested in starting a new team to join for fun, food and door prizes,” Angela Connell with the Batesville Chamber of Commerce said.Attendees can pick up team packets and supplies for the upcoming walk that is held in the spring.Sandy Liles will be recognized as the new March of Dimes Batesville walk coordinator.

Nursing home sets open house

January 21, 2011 Batesville Healthcare Center will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.The main focus of the event is to introduce the facility’s new executive director, Stephen Daughety, and director of nursing, Andrea Nicholson.Batesville Healthcare is located at 1975 White Drive, next to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.For more information call (870) 698-1853.

Chili supper rescheduled

January 21, 2011 CUSHMAN — The Cushman United Methodist Church chili fundraiser originally slated for today has been rescheduled for Jan. 28 because of bad weather. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and supper from 4 to 6 p.m.The meal is dine in or carry out and includes chili, crackers, corn chips, cheese, dessert and drink. Tickets are $5.

Family Violence to hold dinner, silent auction

January 21, 2011 Family Violence Prevention’s Dinner and Silent (No More) Auction will be held April 1 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 424 East Main St. in Batesville.The auction will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner being served at 7.Ticket prices are $75 if purchased before March 21 and $90 if purchased after that date. Tables of six are available for $450.To purchase tickets or for more information, including details about auction items, call Family Violence at (870) 793-8111.