Strawberry alumni to reunite

May 24, 2010 STRAWBERRY — The Strawberry High School Alumni Association will host a 2010 all-class reunion Saturday. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a program at 10. Lunch will be catered by Fred’s Fish House and is set for 11:30. The event is open to everyone associated with the school. For more information contact Ann Doyle at (870) 528-3467 or e-mail

Unity Fest is Saturday

May 24, 2010 The fifth annual Unity Fest on the River will be May 29 at Riverside Park in Batesville. The event is a benefit for John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual boot camp located in Charlotte for men with drug and alcohol addictions. Last year’s Unity Fest raised $101,000 for John 3:16 Ministries and drew an estimated 4,000 people, John 3:16 director Bryan Tuggle said. Gov. Mike Beebe will be in attendance. Door prizes to be given are a 2010 Ford Ranger autographed by Mark Martin, a Bad Boy Mower MZ Series and a 46-inch Sanyo HDTV.

Church to host pianist/humorist

May 24, 2010 Batesville First Church of the Nazarene will host pianist/humorist Brian Hanson of Nashville, Tenn. in concert Sunday morning. Services start at 10:30 a.m. “Through the vehicles of beautiful piano music, audience participation and a great sense of humor, Brian does his best to create an atmosphere where God is lifted up and glorified,” according to a news release. Hanson was a network image producer and produced the nationally televised talk show “Worship Live” as seen on The Christian Network. Additionally, his music has often been used on the network.

City pools opening Saturday

May 24, 2010 The Fitzhugh Park swimming pool will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Memorial Day weekend and will reopen for the remainder of the season on June 5, according to a news release from Sonya Crafton, pool manager. The pool will be open 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. this weekend and Monday. The regular hours of operation will be the same through the summer. The family summer swim time will be 10 a.m. until noon each Saturday.

Sock hop scheduled

May 24, 2010 Tickets are on sale now for a Summer Sock Hop featuring music from the ’50s and saxophonist Charlie Chalmers and Elvis tribute artist Pres Ellis as special guests, said Tina Paul of the University of Arkansas Community College where the sock hop will be held. The sock hop will begin at 8 p.m. June 5. Danny Dozier and the Lockhouse Orchestra will perform. “Charlie Chalmers grew up in Memphis and became a well respected sax player — both live and in the studio,” Dozier said. “He played on hits by Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Aretha Franklin and many more artists.

WRMC nurses on path to excellence

May 24, 2010 Twelve years ago, White River Medical Center licensed practical nurse, Mandy Tedeschi made a decision that started her on a journey down a road she never thought she would be able to walk. In 1998, Tedeschi, her husband Chris, and son, C.J., moved to Arkansas from California to support and care for her mother who was battling breast cancer. Tedeschi and her husband landed a job in a factory in Melbourne. The work was hard and the conditions were less than comfortable. Although she felt fortunate to be able to provide for her family,

Club to meet Thursday

May 24, 2010 The new Batesville Lions Club will meet June 3 at noon on the Lyon College campus in the Lyon Building Room 100. For more information contact Lion District 7-O Governor, Johnny Rye, Jr. at

Council to discuss streets

May 24, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will meet in special session at 7 tonight in the city hall, Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne said. “We’ll be discussing chip-sealing some of our streets,” Goyne said.

Summer feeding schedule announced

May 24, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School District will be serving breakfast and a snack during summer school, free to all students, June 1-18, said Elaine Nix, food service director. Breakfast will be served in the elementary cafeteria from 7-8 a.m. and at the high school from 8:45-9 a.m., with a snack provided at a later time. For more information call Nix at (870) 283-5394, extension 5 or at (870) 528-4227.

Pangburn girl, 9, dies in two-vehicle accident

May 24, 2010 PANGBURN — A 9-year-old Pangburn girl died as the result of a two-vehicle accident that occurred about 4:54 p.m. Friday on state Highway 16 south of Pangburn in White County, according to Arkansas State Trooper Terral Harsson’s written report. Three people were injured. Brittany Williams died when a 2003 GMC Sonoma headed north on Highway 16 crossed the center line and struck a 1998 Ford Escort traveling the opposite direction on the Escort’s driver’s side. The victim was a passenger in the Escort, which was being driven by 30-year-old Nickole Williams of Pangburn.