SITKA — Pleasant Ridge Community Church, located eight miles north of Poughkeepsie in the Sitka community, will have a singing at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Featured singers are the Beebe Believers.
A time of fellowship will follow.
The event is open to the public.
For more information call (870) 528-4909 or 528-3568.
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Theatre will close its 2011 summer children’s theater season with “Hansel and Gretel” by William Glennon.
Performances are July 27-28, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and July 29, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the drama theatre at the Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
Seating is reserved. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door and can be purchased in advance at the ASU central box office at the Convocation Center, by calling (870) 972-ASU1 or online at http://www2.astate.edu/tickets/.
CALICO ROCK — Dr. Earl Belcher will speak Saturday at Calico Rock Museum and Co-op on the subject “Everything you wanted to know about pine cones.”
The show and tell session will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include information about the four Arkansas species of pine, the largest and longest pine cones in the world and how to evaluate the condition of the pine seed using X-rays. The X-ray process was pioneered by Belcher in 1969.
HEBER SPRINGS — Southern gospel group Level Ground of Benton will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.
The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.
Pearl Hogan of Batesville will celebrate her 95th birthday with a reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Family Life Center at Central Avenue United Methodist Church.
Hogan and her late husband Griff were former owners of the Marvin Hotel on lower Main Street in Batesville.
PARAGOULD (AP) — A Greene County school district will get to seek approval to build a shooting range on land adjacent to a landfill.
The Northwest Arkansas Solid Waste Management District’s board of directors agreed Tuesday to allow Greene County Tech School District officials to seek approval from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
District officials had asked Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill about possibly building the range for trap and skeet shooting teams from that district and other districts to use.
GRAVETTE (AP) — Heat is suspected in the death of an Oklahoma man who was found in a field near Gravette hours after he was released from the Benton County jail.
Authorities say 38-year-old Roger Russell was found in the field about 3 p.m. Monday and was pronounced dead at a Gravette hospital. He had been released from jail just after 10:30 a.m. after serving time for probation revocation.
Benton County coroner Daniel Oxford said heat is a possible cause of death. The body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman have recommended three individuals for the open federal judge position in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
The senators on Wednesday submitted the names of Kristine Baker, Jane Duke and Colette Honorable for consideration to fill the vacancy left when Judge James M. Moody assumed senior status.
Once President Obama nominates a candidate for the position, that person must testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and be confirmed by the entire Senate.
GOULD (AP) — The Gould City Council plans to vote to repeal two recent ordinances that an attorney for the Arkansas Municipal League says are clearly unconstitutional.
One bans a citizens’ group from operating in the southeastern Arkansas city and the second forbids any new organization that isn’t approved by the City Council.
Three students have been awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, according to a news release.
Jackson Colby Barber, the son of Jamie and Jodi Barber, of Rosie graduated from Southside High School. He plans to seek an associate’s degree.
Delmar Wallace Clapp Jr., the son of Tonya Clapp, of Batesville is a Southside High School graduate.
Benjamin Marshall Sampson of Batesville graduated from Southside High School. He is the son of Madonna Sampson and Mark Sampson. He plans to seek a degree in Spanish.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two Northwest Arkansas pitchers combined to no-hit the Arkansas Travelers and the Naturals turned a triple play in a 1-0 win.
Northwest Arkansas’ Will Smith went seven innings for the win. Kelvin Herrera threw two perfect innings for the save in Tuesday night’s game in North Little Rock.
Smith walked two to start the sixth before Arkansas’ Alberto Rosario grounded into a third to second to first triple play.
The no-hitter and triple play are both the first in Northwest Arkansas’ three-year history.