5 earthquakes reported

October 12, 2010 GUY (AP) — U.S. Geological Survey data now show five small earthquakes have struck Arkansas, continuing a series of small quakes in the northcentral part of the state.The USGS website lists all of the quakes Monday as being in the vicinity of Guy, 15 miles north-northeast of Conway and 40 miles north of Little Rock.

Scam operator working area

October 12, 2010 A man asking residents to send $9,500 by Western Union so he can send $2,500,000 as a Publisher’s Clearinghouse prize is targeting this area, according to Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill.Cockrill said in one instance the man used the name John Preziosky with a phone number and area code listed as (876) 294-1536.“This is a scam our residents need to be aware of,” Cockrill said.

Missing teen found

October 12, 2010 Listed as a missing person Sept. 10, a Batesville teen has been located, safe, in Sharp County, according to Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Mundy said last week that 17-year-old Timothy Reams was located by Sharp County authorities who served an active “pickup order” on the teen last week.

Entergy’s ‘Power to Care’ challenge to award nonprofits

October 12, 2010 Entergy customers and residents of Batesville will determine the winners of $125,000 in grants in The Power to Care Challenge, a lively online contest in which selected nonprofits will vie for $25,000 prizes based on votes by Facebook users. From Oct. 11 through Dec. 31, voters can visit  facebook.com/thepowertocare and vote twice a month for their favorite nonprofit agency. Agencies with the most votes in Arkansas will earn a $25,000 grant from Entergy Corporation.

School plans fall festival

October 12, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Christian Academy will host a fall festival from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Games and prizes, food and opportunities to have fall harvest photos taken highlight the festival, which organizers hope to make an annual event. The festival is open to the public. The academy is located at 549 Heber Springs Road, Batesville.

Coats for Kids being collected

October 12, 2010 The second annual Coats for Kids drive is now under way in Batesville.Compass Church began the drive Oct. 1 and will continue through Nov. 13.Drop-off boxes are placed at the following locations: Batesville — Compass Church, Teacher 2 Teacher, Bryant’s Pharmacy, Walgreens, Stage, Hawg’s Exxon and Believers Community Church; Southside — Larry’s Pizza; and Sulphur Rock — Wildcat Station.Last year’s drive collected more than 200 coats, spokeswoman Carla Middleton said.For more information, call Middleton at (870) 799-4547.

Retirees schedule meeting

October 12, 2010 POCAHONTAS — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at the Apple Barrel Restaurant, formerly Bonanza, on Thursday. The meeting will start at 11:15 a.m.

Brad Clark scheduled to perform on Nov. 2

October 12, 2010 Brad Clark, Hypnotist Unleashed, will bring his show to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in Independence Hall.Clark’s performance is the second show scheduled as part of UACCB’s Performing Arts Series. Tickets are available at First Community Bank and UACCB.

Woodland group to meet

October 12, 2010 The annual fall meeting of the Ozark Woodland Owners Association will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus, according to a news release.A barbecue dinner will be provided.“Anyone who owns woodlands or simply has an interest in private woodlands is welcome to attend free of charge,” the release states.Two presentations — “Forest Assessment and Strategy” and “Home Aerial Mapping” — will be offered.

Committee hopes to raise money for new park

October 12, 2010 MAGNESS — Fall is a popular time of year for festivals and community events, but in Magness, organizers hope their fall event will help build a new park.The Magness Park & Recreation Committee will hold “Fall Into Magness Festival” on Saturday at the Magness Town Square (around city hall) beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is free.