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UACCB names outstanding faculty member, hires new cashier

UACCB names outstanding faculty member, hires new cashier

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville had a few announcements to make coming into the New Year. 

Not only did the university hire a new cashier in the UACCB business office, but officials also named the outstanding faculty member for 2015. 

Vernon Hoffman was named the 2015 outstanding faculty member on Wednesday. He teaches major and non-major biology, human anatomy and physiology I and II, essentials of anatomy and physiology, botany, zoology and field techniques on campus. He holds a bachelor’s of science in wildlife management and ecology and a master’s of science in biology from Arkansas State University.

Bad Boy Mowers expanding, adding 160 new jobs in Arkansas

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Bad Boy Mowers says it's growing its Batesville operations with a $7.8 million expansion that will add 160 new jobs.

The Batesville-based company announced Monday it's investing in a 68,000-square-foot, 10-acre property near its existing 1 million-square-foot facility. The expansion will bring the company's total employment to about 750 people.

The company says its expansion is needed because of increased demand for its zero turn mower product line, its sister company's rotary cutter line and its new accessory division. The company began production in Batesville in 2002 with a 20,000-square-foot facility and 25 employees.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined local and company leaders at the expansion announcement. The company is receiving cash rebates for the new positions created, sales tax credits for the expansion and a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.

Batesville trained for active shooting

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - As active shooter situations have been filling the news headlines, more people want to be proactive about combating those situations.

The town of Batesville told THV11 that they aren't going to sit back and wait for something to happen.

In February, the Benton Police Department and school system held training for active shooter situations. In August, the Pulaski County Special School District did the same. It's all part of a growing trend, not only in schools but in private businesses as well. It's called Alice Training.

"I think it allows individuals in the community to be more comfortable," said Heather Fulbright, who received training as a Batesville City School Board member.

82 graduate at UACCB RN pinning ceremony

BATESVILLE, Ark.  – Eighty two graduates walked across the stage at the pinning ceremony for the registered nursing program Dec. 4 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. 

Several awards were given to recognized graduates for their outstanding achievements. The Nightingale Award, named after Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was awarded to the student that not only showed that he or she adhered to the standards that Nightingale set forth, but also incorporated the "heart" of nursing. The award recognized a student who had spent time with a patient that was lonely, listened to a patient’s fears and anxieties and held the hand of a patient who was in need of human touch. An award was given to a student in the traditional RN track and a student in the online RN track. The winners of the 2015 Nightingale Award were:

Online- Jonathan Miller

Traditional- Nichole Rogers

Museum to offer free program for senior citizens

Museum to offer free program for senior citizens

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The staff and volunteers at Old Independence Regional Museum will be hosting a Christmas program for area senior citizens on Tuesday, December 16, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Museum volunteer Ann Mobley will demonstrate a variety of homemade Christmas crafts. Afterwards, participants will create their own Christmas tree ornament. This program is free. Space is limited to 25 participants and reservations are required. 

Call the The Old Independence Regional Museum at (870) 793-2121 to make a reservation. 

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday.  Regular admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for children.  The museum is located at 380 South 9th Street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville.   

Woman fatally shot, found dead inside Batesville workplace

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Batesville authorities say they are investigating a shooting that left one woman dead inside the store where she worked.

KAIT-TV reports that the woman was found by a customer inside Tobacco Warehouse around 6:45 p.m. Monday. The woman, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill, a man is in custody in connection to the shooting. Cockrill says the suspect knew the woman, but the extent of their relationship is unclear at this time.


Information from: KAIT-TV, http://www.kait8.com/

Edward Jones to host BACC membership luncheon featuring Survivor contestant

Edward Jones to host BACC membership luncheon featuring Survivor contestant
BATESVILLE, Ark. - Edward Jones will host the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s (BACC) December Membership Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 11: 30 a.m. in the Maxfield Room on the Lyon College campus. The luncheon will feature special guest and Survivor contestant, Latasha Fox. Fox is a native of Alton, Illinois. Upon graduation from Alton High School, she attended Illinois State University (ISU). While attending ISU, she participated in several organizations, including the track team, the varsity cheerleading squad, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and several others. After graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Fox obtained her CPA license and began her career. She also began her professional cheerleading career with the St. Louis Rams, which lasted from 2000-2006.