For some reason, the writer of some of the greatest songs of the past 100 years was unknown to me until I stumbled onto information about her last week — although she died three years ago, on March 23, 2006.
Cindy Walker was a prolific songwriter who had No. 1 hits in country and/or pop charts in every decade from the 1940s through the 1980s. See if you recognize any of these song titles: “You Don’t Know Me,” “In the Misty Moonlight,” “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” and “Cherokee Maiden.”
Jubilee Family Church will project the movie “Facing the Giants” in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen at 9 p.m. Friday. Audio may be heard on 88.1 FM.
Admission is free. Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be available from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or people may bring their own.
The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, Batesville. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.
On Saturday, two area fire departments will be signing people up for the new AlertXpress All Hazards early notification system.
Residents of the Cave City Fire District may sign up between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Cave City Fire Department, Fire Chief Ronny Milligan said.
Sulphur Rock Volunteer Fire Department will host a sign-up from 8 to 10 a.m. at both the Sulphur Rock and Moorefield stations.
The Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will host a “Home-Aid 2009” fundraiser Monday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse in Batesville to raise money to build its second home.
Jericho’s Crossing, a contemporary Christian and country band, and other local residents will perform.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at Econo-Mart Pharmacy and First Community Bank locations.
CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center to hear a financial and facilities update, board president Tim Southerland said.
The directors will also select the style and color of bricks for the high school.
The board will also consider asking the state Department of Education for approval to hire a cafeteria worker, a custodian for the high school and a temporary hourly custodian.
NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District will hold its annual report to the public Sept. 15 at the Cord-Charlotte campus.
Among other business at its recent meeting, the Cedar Ridge School Board also agreed to increase adult meal prices to $1.75 for breakfast and $3 for lunch to comply with Arkansas Department of Education regulations and reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, Breakfast and Afterschool Snacks that became effective July 1, 2009.
Washington, D.C. — Travise Fisher of Batesville recently completed U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln’s (D-Ark.) summer internship program in her Washington, D.C., Senate office.
Fisher is attending the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
“Giving young students an opportunity to serve the state through my Senate offices is one of the great joys of my job,” Lincoln said. “Congressional internships allow students to experience firsthand the behind-the-scenes workings of the federal legislative branch.”
NEWPORT — In the 1950s the Silver Moon Club in Newport was a spot where many early rock ’n’ rollers like Billy Lee Riley performed.
On Sunday, however, family, friends and fellow musicians will gather at the club that sits along Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 to pay tribute to Riley, the Sun recording artist who died Aug. 7 at the age of 75.
The show, which will include a number of different acts, is set to begin at 1 p.m. with each performance lasting about 20 to 30 minutes.
Local authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a teenager who ran away from a youth facility on Aug. 15.
Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said 14-year-old Molly Corter had been interned at the Health Services Youth Center following a domestic incident against a family member.
An employee of the facility, Joe Leary, told police that Corter had left the facility without permission around 8:30 p.m. and believed she may have been headed to the west Batesville area.
Independence County may one day have its own part- or full-time election coordinator.
The Independence County Election Commission met Tuesday morning to approve election officials for the annual school election, which will be Sept. 15 across the state, as well as discuss the need for a full- or part-time election coordinator.
Commissioner Dwayne Millikin said the commission hopes to have something to present to the quorum court as it starts to work on the 2010 budget.
Batesville and Heber Springs won team titles in high school golf matches at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Tuesday.
Led by Shayne VanBenschoten’s 2-over-par 38 for nine holes, the Pioneers won the 5-team match with a 122. The Southside Southerners finished nine strokes back. Heber Springs finished third with a 132, followed by Riverview (136) and Newport (175).
Riverview’s Jordan Perry won medalist honors with a 37.