Photos with Santa planned

November 29, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa have planned photos with Santa for 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.Photos will be taken in the First Year Experience room located in the Main Classroom Building on the UACCB campus. Proceeds from the event will go toward the PTK Scholarship Fund. Photos are $1 for a 4x6 or $2 for a 5x7. Cookies, drinks and candy canes will be served.

Portraits for Pets offered

November 29, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County is having its annual Portraits for Pets on Saturday, beginning at 10 am, at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.Matthews Photography is offering many different photo package choices, as well as Christmas cards, and no sitting fee. All proceeds go to support the humane society. One doesn’t even have to have a pet to take advantage of this portrait offer, according to a news release. To book a session, call either (870) 698-1265 or (870) 613-3045.

Lyon to light Christmas tree

November 29, 2010 The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday on the steps of Brown Chapel. Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman will light the Christmas tree, followed by a sing-along led by the Lyon College Concert Band, directed by Dr. Joel Plaag. The event is open to the public.

Ash Flat Christmas Parade set

November 29, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Christmas Parade will be Saturday, with lineup starting at 1 p.m. at Forschlers parking lot, said Nancy Orr, one of the organizers.“The grand marshals will be Mike Alexander, Tracy Alexander and Payton Alexander,” she said. “Mike Alexander is manager of the Walmart Supercenter.”Those wishing to pre-register to be in the parade may call Orr at (870) 994-7325.”Sweatshirts will be available for purchase starting Monday, Orr said.

Director of FVP attends training

November 29, 2010 Family Violence Prevention executive director Rebecca Riley recently attended the 2010 Shelter Director’s Training, according to a news release. The training is offered each year by the Arkansas Coalition against Domestic Violence for shelter directors.Riley joined the organization in February 2010. This was her first time attending the annual director’s training. The training covered all aspects of capital campaigning and financial management for shelters.

$5,000 donated to Lyon College

November 29, 2010 First Community Bank recently donated $5,000 to Lyon College to help purchase new furniture after a fire destroyed the school’s cafeteria. The adjoining student lounge area also received damage due to smoke and water.The bank’s $5,000 gift has been earmarked to assist with the purchase of new furniture for the student center/lounge area where the smoke and water took its toll on the furnishings.

Petsense offers variety

November 29, 2010 Whether it’s canned food, clothing, toys, bakery-style treats, medicine or grooming you’re needing for a family pet, it only makes sense to shop at Petsense, store manager Carla Holt said. Aside from being the 39th store in the country and the third in Arkansas, Petsense is a much-welcomed addition to Batesville at 45 Eagle Mountain Blvd. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Petsense offers an assortment of products and services as varied as the animals it caters to which includes pets of the four-legged kind and those with fins.

Chase sends man to jail

November 29, 2010 A police pursuit across the county Wednesday afternoon, in which speeds often reached 100 miles per hour, ended in Cushman with two police cars damaged and one man under arrest for numerous felony charges.Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens said he was traveling north on Highway 69 near Limedale Road around 4:30 p.m. when he activated his radar on a truck doing 68 mph in a 55-mph zone.Stephens said he stopped the truck on Limedale Hill and the driver identified himself as 37-year-old Jason Lee Lewis.

Stories, carols, crafts Old-fashioned party set at museum

November 29, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum will host its 4th Annual Old-Fashioned Family Christmas Party from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 11, said administrative assistant April White.“Admission is free for this event, but donations are always appreciated,” White said. “This is the final installment of the museum’s popular Family Day series for 2010.“We envision an old-fashioned Christmas as one where families come together to enjoy the stories, sights and sounds of the season.”

Store clerk unharmed in armed robbery

November 29, 2010 CAVE CITY — An armed robbery at the Cave City Express Mart at 7720 N. Saint Louis St. early Sunday morning has the Independence County Sheriff’s Department searching for a suspect.   Store clerk Felice Wooldridge, 55, told police that a black male wearing a gray ski mask, with knife in hand, entered the store at about 3 a.m., demanding money from the register.Wooldridge said the suspect climbed over the counter and told her that if she gave him the cash from the register he would not hurt her, so she opened the register and let him get the money himself.