LOCUST GROVE — Mr. Smooth, The Dirtrax Dominator, The Batesville Bullet, Iceman, T-Mac and more are expected to battle for $40,000 in the 17th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100 this weekend at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
ASH FLAT — Rita Kay Chism, 35, of Ash Flat, formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at her home.
Born Oct. 8, 1973, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Curtis Chism and Jana White Ray. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her father of Lonoke; her mother of Batesville; a son, Shelby Chism of Batesville; three sisters, Belinda Rogers of Cave City, Anna Holland of North Little Rock and Kimberly Chism of Jacksonville; and several nephews and nieces.
SOUTHSIDE — Thomas W. “Jack” Melton, 73, of Southside died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born Oct. 29, 1935, at Cushman, he was the son of Willie and Mentie Glenn Melton. He was a truck driver. He enjoyed yard work and computers and was an avid ham radio operator. He was of the Assembly of God faith.
Homes and storage units continue to be targeted for thefts in the Batesville area, according to reports from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
Someone broke into rental property owned by Elmer Caldwell on Cottonwood Lane in Magness sometime overnight Monday and took an unknown number of miscellaneous power tools.
Caldwell told police that entry to the house was made by prying a pice of wood out of a back door.
According to Caldwell, the house was being remodeled and the tools were left at the job site.
No suspect was listed in the incident.
The Batesville Recreation Complex swimming pool north of town will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday for the season.
After Sunday, the Fitzhugh Park pool on Harrison Street will be open weekends only. The hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays for family swim time and general swim time from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The pool will officially close for the season at 6 p.m. Sept. 7.
BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe will begin the fall 2009 semester on Aug. 24 with day and night classes offered at ASU-Beebe campuses located at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and the Little Rock Air Force Base.
ASU-Beebe has online courses available in traditional 15-week and accelerated eight-week terms throughout the year, with Term I also beginning on Aug. 24. Students may choose from a full selection of general education courses in an online format. It is possible to earn an associate of arts in liberal arts entirely online.
The White River Shrine Club will meet Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville. The Dutch treat meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:30.
Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers will speak on why Batesville needs posted signs.
The meal and meeting are open to members and their guests, and potential members.
Volunteers with Caring Hands Hospice will host a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Bryant’s Pharmacy parking lot at the corner of Harrison and 20th streets in Batesville.
Money raised will go toward the purchase of needed items for hospice patients, said Lisa Paxton with Caring Hands.
Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.
The event is open to all Christian singles. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.
Little Rock — In honor of President Clinton’s birthday, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library Space Station MIR, Space Camp Simulators, and Acoustiguide audio tours will have free admission Saturday.
Free birthday cake will be served and free Hope watermelons will be given to the first 100 visitors. The Clinton Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also this Saturday, Super Summer Saturdays will feature demonstrations on the magic of science. A special space snack will be provided. Demonstrations are held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
SPRING MILL — Mildred Wink Tharp of Spring Mill will celebrate her 80th birthday Sunday.
She was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Batesville to the late Guy and Lois Wink.
She attended Ruddell Hill School through the eighth grade and graduated from Batesville High School in 1947.
Her husband was the late Harvey Tharp.
She has four children, Laura Colton of Sulphur Rock, Sallie Williams of Cushman, Tina Fuller of Desha and Kenny Tharp of Spring Mill.
She attends Oak Hill Pentecostal Church.