Baitcasting, bicycle skills, BB gun shooting and broiler barbecuing were the events that more than 108 Independence County 4-H’ers participated in on Oct. 29 at the annual B-day activities at the Independence County Fairgrounds, according to Linda Latus, 4-H program assistant at the Independence County Extension Office. Youth ages 5 to 19 displayed their skills.
Winners in each category are: BB shooting: Cloverbud — first, Shaun Price, Kripple Creek; second, Caleb Roberson, Kripple Creek; and third, Hunter McDaniel, Diamond-T.
The Humane Society of Independence County has announced that appointments are still available for the Christmas Portraits with Pets, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the old revenue office in the Town and Country Plaza on Main Street in Batesville.
No sitting fee will be charged.
To make an appointment, call Bev Finch at (870) 613-3045 or Connie Coleman at (870) 698-1265.
The annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, sponsored by the music department of Lyon College, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Christian Science Society of Batesville, located at College and 18th streets. The event is free and open to the public.
The program uses the traditional English format of nine Christmas carols and nine Christmas readings from the Bible. The church features superb acoustics and an internationally renowned Dutch pipe organ situated in the rear gallery, according to a news release.
Ozark Foothills Literacy Project will have a tutor training workshop at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Jubilee Family Church, located at 45 Thunderbird Drive near Moorefield.
Volunteer tutors are matched with adult students who are learning to read or who are learning English. Tutors meet with their student for two hours each week at a time and public location of their choosing.
The Literacy Project is currently tutoring 30 students across three counties with more students waiting for a tutor.
To register for the workshop, call (870) 793-5912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WALNUT RIDGE — Devin England of Batesville has been awarded a Leadership scholarship to attend Williams Baptist College at Walnut Ridge.
The scholarship is awarded to incoming WBC students based on their college entrance examination scores. England is a senior at Southside High School. He is the son of Kevin England and Tami Meyer, both of Batesville.
Morgan Penn of Lynn was also awarded a scholarship to attend Williams Baptist. The Lawrence County scholarship is awarded to incoming WBC students from Lawrence County, based on their college entrance examination scores.
It’s that time of year again so here is my Christmas gift list. I have been a very good boy since last Christmas, so I hope you will bring me everything I am asking for.
1. A “white tablecloth” restaurant in Batesville with an outstanding chef and a license to serve wine. I’d like to be able to take my wife out for a really special dinner from time to time, and occasionally to impress guests. It would be nice if the restaurant could have a piano player or an acoustic guitarist to provide soothing dinner music.
Members of the United States Marine Corps say that “once a Marine — always a Marine.”
“You could say a similar thing about those who share the privilege of having been a Batesville High School Pioneer,” said 1946 BHS graduate Dale Hanks, a writer and historian from Virginia who has strong ties to the Lafferty community in Izard County.
In observance of the current Pioneer football team’s battle with the Greenwood Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Little Rock for a state championship, Hanks wrote the following:
I have been blessed to have the opportunity to write in newspapers and a lot of my readers have told me they like my style of “telling it like it is.” That’s the only way I know to do it — honestly. Whatever is going on in my life will usually end up right here for all the world to see.
We are just weeks away from the first votes being cast in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, which means it is only a matter of time before Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman enter the ranks of presidential also-rans.
LITTLE ROCK — Nine of every 10 persons involved in a boating accident this year had no boating safety training, according to an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission report.
There have been 73 mishaps on the water, and these resulted in 15 deaths, according to the report which covers the first 10 months of the year.
Young people are not causing the accidents, the report showed. “The operators involved in the accidents so far this year have an average of 100 hours of boating experience and are an average of 40 years old,” it states.