TOPEKA, Kan. — Mountain View transcends time in ways that few communities can, according to a news release. The town’s dedication to preserving — and continuing — its Ozark folk culture lands it on Mother Earth News’ fourth annual “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list. Mother Earth News, the leading sustainable-living magazine, features 11 selected communities in its October-November issue, on sale Sept. 22.
MELBOURNE — For the third year, Manna House Food Pantry will be buying raw walnuts from local farmers, property owners and organizations.
Beginning Oct. 1, people can bring walnuts in the shell to Manna House, on the west side of Courthouse Square in Melbourne. Volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday to weigh and write checks for the nuts.
The Walnut Buying Project will continue for two to three weeks, depending on the amount of walnuts that are brought in.
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Studies Institute Galleries in Little Rock presents “Main Street in Black and White,” a traveling exhibit of historical photographs featuring three downtowns in their heyday, from Oct. 9 to Nov. 13.
The exhibit features downtown Batesville, Blytheville and Texarkana. Photographs date from the late 1880s to the 1940s and range from circus elephant parade scenes to World War II marches.
MELBOURNE — Authorities are still looking for a white van with a black stripe that was used in what may have been an attempted child abduction or abductions in Izard County, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.
The van has not yet been located but officers feel they are making headway in the case, Lawrence said.
“The investigation is now centered in Independence County,” he said. “We’ve got (a search on for) a vehicle that’s been identified as the van. That’s about all I can say without jeopardizing the investigation.”
The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a Watercolor Workshop for beginners and intermediate painters with Richard Stephens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23.
The fee is $125 for instruction only; a materials/ supply list is available at gallery, 246 E. Main St., Batesville. Preregistration with $50 deposit is required. Call BAAC at (870) 793-3382 to register.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Garcia of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Angela Marie Garcia, to Dusty Wayne Warnix, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Warnix of Camden.
The bride-elect is a 2002 graduate of the University of Arkansas and is a teacher with Nettleton Public Schools.
The prospective groom is a 2003 graduate of Arkansas State University and is employed by the state of Arkansas.
The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. Saturday at 115 Garcia Lane.
All relatives and friends are invited.
Christian recording artist Curt Collins will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Batesville.
“Alicia Harris will perform prior to Collins and (donations) will be taken during the concert,” organizers said.
Admission is free. Fellowship will begin at 6.
A native of Little Rock, Collins has had four top 10 songs on Christian radio and has performed both locally and nationally.
For more information call (870) 793-3803. The church is located at 615 E. Main St.
LITTLE ROCK — “Phishing” is a term used to describe a con-artist’s attempt to solicit your sensitive personal information, usually electronically via e-mail. While phishing schemes are not new, con-artists continue to come up with new ways to trick consumers into handing over sensitive information. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to warn about one such variation of a phishing scheme.
BETHESDA — The Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club held its monthly meeting Sept. 15 at the Bethesda Fire Station. Eleven members answered the roll by responding to the question, “What do you remember about your first day in high school?” Several answers were given but most simply said “I don’t remember.”
A local group is now offering rides to the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock for area veterans.
Veterans with a doctor’s appointment can ride the van for free on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, volunteer Rick Swietek said.
The group is also looking for volunteer drivers, male or female; however, they do not have to be a veteran in order to drive, he said.
To volunteer or to schedule a ride call (870) 793-8812 Monday through Thursday.
Justin and Julia Ragsdale, Alyssa and Ashlyn of Mountain View have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Sept. 18, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 3.6 ounces and has been named Zachary Edwin Ragsdale.
Grandparents of the child are René and Louise Turner and Mike and Carole Curtis.
Great-grandparents are Ed and Rae Aeberli.
Cody Sweat and Anna Cieminski of Mountain View have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on Sept. 17, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and has been named Dalton Wayne Sweat.
Grandparents of the child are Stan and Joyce Sweat, Mary Jo Schlee and Patrick Cieminski Sr.
Great-grandmother is Mary Sweat.