The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Citizens Bank Annex Building on College Avenue in Batesville.
The speaker will be registered nurse Lydia Stevens, coordinator for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.
The group meets the third Monday of each month.
For more information call Joan Sellers, local coordinator, to (870) 793-0067.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Craftsfest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Baxter County Fairgrounds.
There will be approximately 90 booths containing handcrafted items made by crafters throughout Arkansas and Missouri.
Drawings for gift certificates to be used during the event will be held throughout both days.
Breakfast, lunch and snack items will be for sale. A face painter will be available both days.
HARDY — The Sharp County Friends of the Library will be hosting an open house reception from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 18 to showcase the new addition and remodeling to the Sharp County Library in Hardy, according to a news release.
“Everyone is welcome to attend. Donations of a dozen cookies to share at the reception would be welcomed,” the release states.
SOUTHSIDE — Cedar Ridge and Riverview took home the First Community Bank Junior High Invitational Tournament basketball titles here Saturday.
The Junior Timberwolves downed the Riverview Junior Raiders 36-33 as Cade Crabtree scored 18 points and Austin Reaves added 15. The Junior T-wolves improved their record to 5-0.
The Junior Lady Raiders downed the Cave City Junior Cavewomen 43-32 for the other crown as Erykah Johns totaled 20 points.
Shyanne Price poured in 24 points for 2-1 Cave City.
Williams Baptist Lady Eagles (2-1) vs. Lyon College Scots (2-1), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Eagles will bring a veteran and offensive-minded team to Becknell, said Lyon College Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange. “They’re pretty mature with a lot of seniors and shooters. We will have to extend our defense and find them in transition.” Some of those senior leaders are Becky Caldwell, Kayla Tyus and Jessica Shepard.
BEEBE — The Batesville Junior Pioneer and Junior Lady Pioneer basketball teams went opposite directions in season-opening games at a tournament in Beebe.
The Junior Pioneers moved into the winners’ bracket portion of the annual event by defeating the Beebe Junior Bobcats 43-29. The Junior Lady Pioneers fell 27-17 to the Junior Lady Badgers and went into the losers’ bracket.
The Junior Pioneers broke open a close game in the third quarter. They led 10-6 and 12-10 at the first two breaks. They led 34-22 after three quaerters.
MELBOURNE — A Salem woman who forged checks now faces felony forgery charges following an investigation by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.
Jennifer Marie Thompson, 34, of 354 Country Springs Road, Salem, is accused of forging the signature on checks written to two Melbourne food stores in the amounts of some $560 and $245.
Thompson was arrested Nov. 8 on the two first-degree charges, each a class B felony, and remains in the Izard County jail in lieu of $40,000 bond. Additional charges for Izard County are pending.
NEWARK — More than 300 Newark Elementary students recently participated in a S.T.O.P. Tree Ceremony which included planting trees on campus, Forester Kenny Smothers said.
S.T.O.P. stands for Shade Trees On Playgrounds.
“The S.T.O.P. Program goal is to help reduce the dangers of skin cancer by providing shade to the playground,” Smothers said.
The program’s slogan, in fact, is “S.T.O.P. the Risk of Skin Cancer in Children.”
NEWPORT — A Mountain Home man was killed in a motorcycle wreck about 7:23 a.m. Sunday on state Highway 5 south of Mountain View, said Cpl. Matthew Sheley of the Arkansas State Police.
James Beckham, 55, was southbound on a 1003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle attempting to negotiate a right-hand curve when the motorcycle crossed the center line, went off the east side of the road and laid down on its side, Sheley said.
He said weather conditions were clear and the road was dry.
The body was taken to Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Mountain View.
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The Independence County Election Commission will hold two public hearings Wednesday in the juvenile courtroom above the library to discuss the proposed redistricting map. The meetings will be at noon and at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public.
The 2010 Census prompted a nationwide redistricting, and as the state Legislature has had to deal with redrawing lines, so has the local election commission, made up of Cathy Drew, Phillip Finch and Tony Thompson.
In the 2010 Census Independence County had a 7.1 percent increase in population growth, from 34,233 to 36,647.