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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.

INBRE grant and awards lead to important addition to chemistry lab

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Four Lyon students and two faculty members have received awards from the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) for their research efforts and work in various aspects of Lyon’s science programs.

The INBRE Undergraduate Student Mentoring Program gives fellowships to Arkansas juniors and seniors majoring in science, math, and computer science so they may participate in summer research programs at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, or the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. These fellowships also include stipends and budgets for research supplies as well as travel expenses to present the students’ summer research at national conferences.

The students who received these fellowships were Jason Lochmann, ’16, Jean de Dieu Mugiraneza, ’16, Megan Parks, ’17, and Jami Schmidt, ’17.

Lyon students attend West Magnet College Day

Lyon students attend West Magnet College Day

BATESVILLE, Ark. – For Brandi Allen and her kindergarten son, Rhys, College Day at West Magnet Elementary did not seem right without real college students.

The school’s Red Ribbon Week for awareness of drug-free living included special themed dress-up days during the week. On College Day, Rhys brought his Scots sword and wished he could hang out with some Lyon football players.

Her son’s wish gave Allen an idea. She contacted his teacher and some Lyon students and coordinated a visit to the classroom. These students celebrated College Day by reading stories to all of the kindergarten classes. Jennifer Keys, Bethany Butler, Becca Burrow, and Kristen Blagg represented the Phi Mu sorority among the student volunteers. Scots football players Jon Alexander and Jordy Wyble also volunteered, as well as APPLE Project Upward Bound staff members Jeanette Youngblood, Cory Godbolt, and Allen herself.

UCA, BACC. WRPDD to host "Saving Your Small Town" training event

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas’ (UCA) Center for Community & Economic Development is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to host “Saving Your Small Town: Homegrown Community and Economic Development” for North Central Arkansas community leaders.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, UCA will partner with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and White River Planning and Development District (WRPDD) to offer the boot camp in Independence County. The training will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Maxfield Room (Room 119) in the Edwards Commons on the Lyon College campus.