Arkansas brothers talk about coaching together

May 12, 2011 HARRISON — Doug Cross always knew it’d only be a matter of time before he and his younger brother, Greg, would be coaching high school sports together. Doug’s prophecy came true at the start of the 2008 football season, when he left his previous job as the head baseball coach and head football coach at Class 2A Hackett and followed his younger brother’s footsteps, becoming an assistant football and baseball coach for the Golden Goblins.

Miss Arkansas to be at Dogwood Days

May 12, 2011 HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the 25th annual Dogwood Days — Silver Celebration Saturday starting at 10 a.m.Miss Arkansas 2011 Alyse Eady will headline the day’s events with her singing/yodeling/ventriloquism act. She will perform at 2 p.m. in the gazebo located in the parking lot of the Diamond B Mall, Highway 289 in downtown Horseshoe Bend. Her friends “Rosie” and “Justin” will accompany her with their rendition of “I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and other selections.

The Weekend Events

May 12, 2011 Friday• Free story time for toddlers and preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Old Independence Regional Museum. Crafts included. To schedule a group, call (870) 793-2121. • Free basket making demonstration by Wilma Gilbert, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Calico Rock Visitors Center. Visit or call (870) 297-4129.

Batesville Schools zoning in

May 12, 2011 An increase in a minority population at the Batesville School District means a change will come to the Batesville School Board and how members are elected beginning in 2012.Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison met with members of the Independence County Election Commission on Wednesday to discuss the procedure of creating election zones for the school and how to move forward with the process.According to the U.S. Census, the Batesville School District reported a more than 10 percent minority population.

Lee’s Chapel Cemetery to have cleanup

May 11, 2011 SANDTOWN — The cemetery work day at Lee’s Chapel Cemetery at Sandtown will be at 8 a.m. May 21.Those attending are asked to bring tools.Rain date will be May 28.There will be a singing on June 5 at Lee’s Chapel Church.

Book sale postponed

May 11, 2011 HARDY — The Friends of the Sharp County Library book sale originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday in the Old Hardy Gym has been postponed indefinitely, said Mary Kocz, who assists with publicity.Hardy has been affected recently with flooding and street damage caused by the high water.An announcement will be made when the book sale is rescheduled, Kocz said.

Local firm wins regional award for highway work

May 11, 2011 Atlas Asphalt Inc. won a top region five award from sponsored entries from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association for its work on Highway 167 in Pleasant Plains last year, according to a news release from AAPA.Atlas won a regional award plaque for multi-lane work, and AHTD Resident Engineer Kenny Bowren of District Five also received a plaque in recognition of the inspection work on the project.