Community School to meet

January 14, 2011 The Community School Inc. board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at White River Specialized Industries at 1550 Cottonwood Drive, Batesville. Meetings are open to the public.

Veterans office to close

January 14, 2011 The Independence County Veterans Office will be closed Monday through Thursday, according to Director Andra Taylor, who will be out of the office for training.

Cedar Ridge eyeing fences

January 14, 2011 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the central office board room at 1502 North Hill St., Newark. Agenda items include discussion of ballfield fences, proposed projects and a financial report. Meetings are open to the public.

Shriners to discuss future

January 14, 2011 The White River Shrine Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the meal starting at 5.President Hank Rivers said this is a very important meeting for all members of the club and are requested to make a special effort to be present. This could entail the future of the club in Batesville.

Reception to honor Thompson

January 14, 2011 Marion Thompson will be honored at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Moorefield Community Center. He is retiring after 63 years with the Massey Family and Mack Farm Dairy.

Batesville artist shown in exhibit

January 14, 2011 JONESBORO — A Batesville artist is among the 43 chosen for the “2011 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition” at the Bradbury Gallery in the Fowler Center on the campus of Arkansas State University. The exhibit opens to the public at 5 p.m. Thursday. It is the 15th in the annual series, which highlights small format prints currently being made by artists across the nation and around the world, according to a news release.

Cracker musician Lowery to teach UGA music class

January 14, 2011 ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Cracker singer David Lowery will teach a music business class at the University of Georgia this spring.Lowery, who co-founded the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, will teach for UGA’s music business certificate program. He was a guest lecturer at UGA in 2009 for the music business program.Lowery started Camper Van Beethoven in 1983 but grew to prominence with Cracker, which produced such hits as “Low” and “Get Off This.” He also founded Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, Va.

Wetlands funding available

January 14, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Mike Sullivan says landowners have until Jan. 28 to sign up for 2011 funding consideration through the Wetlands Reserve Program.The WRP is the premier wetland restoration program on private lands, particularly in the Southern U.S, said Luke Naylor, AGFC waterfowl biologist.

Banded goose sends writer on search for answers

January 14, 2011 The flock of Canada geese circled the pond, cupped their wings, turning them into perfect air foils and landed in unison on the motionless pond. As the water settled geese and skyscrapers reflected double in the tangerine sunrise in downtown Huntsville.Within minutes the flock of Canadas paddled over to share my breakfast biscuits along with a variety of ducks, goldfish and some sparrows who hopped close on shore.

Grant proposal tops agenda

January 14, 2011 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center to discuss a grant proposal for a new Arkansas Better Chance/Daycare Facility, Superintendent Michael Davidson said.The board will also review Davidson’s contract for the 2011-12 school year.In other business the board will consider renewing the Arkansas School Boards Association model policy service contract and consider student transfer requests.The high school cheerleading program will also be discussed.