Music in the Mountains to feature family acts

April 13, 2011 HORSESHOE BEND — “Family” is the keyword for Saturday’s Music in the Mountains Show at the Horseshoe Bend Theatre, according to a news release.The Hwy 289 Band will be churning out some new numbers as well as old favorites. They will welcome the return of 13-year-old fiddler Alex Hilliker, Ron Hart, Jerry Kipper and many more.Special guests The Hutchisons (Robert, Joe and Jake) will perform a variety of songs, from country to gospel.

Bike ride to help family

April 13, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — The Walter Bayles Memorial Ride will be Saturday. “Allen Bayles of Powhatan lost his father unexpectedly and needs help with funeral expenses,” according to a news release from Nicole McLaughlin. The ride starts at Shop-N-Go (former Village Creek Express) on West Main Street in Walnut Ridge and winds its way through the hills with stops in Lynn, Batesville and Newport. The ride will end at The Detail Shop on East Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

Wonder Dog to show tricks

April 13, 2011 ASH FLAT — Happy Tails 4-H Club will host the Yorik “The Wonder Dog” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sharp County Fairgrounds. Admission is free and open to the public.Yorik, a specially trained Norwegian elk hound, will entertain the crowd by performing a variety of tricks such as playing basketball and serving dinner.

ASU Theatre to present play

April 13, 2011 JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Theatre will present its final show of the season production “The Visit” by Friedrich Durrenmatt, in the Drama Theatre, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.“The play, a consummate and alarming Durrenmatt blend of hilarity, horror, and vertigo, takes place somewhere in central Europe and tells of an elderly millionairess, who, merely on the promise of her millions, swiftly turns a depressed area into a boom town,” according to a news release.

Man under afghan can’t hide from police

April 13, 2011 Riley Neal Qualls was hiding under an afghan, but that didn’t stop him from being spotted by a police officer.Qualls, 42, of Newark was taken into custody Saturday after a neighbor reported he was “out of his mind,” yelling and cursing. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Wayne Green said he found Qualls at a house hiding on the carport under an afghan. The property owner told Green she did not know Qualls and he did not have permission to be there. In other police reports:

Mom drives van into river, killing self, three children

April 13, 2011 NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy escaped through the window of a minivan and swam to shore to get help just as his mother drove her van into New York’s Hudson River, killing herself and three other children.Lashanda Armstrong, 25, drove the minivan into the river off a boat ramp in the city of Newburgh about 8 p.m. Tuesday, shortly after a domestic incident, police said. The van went into the river just six blocks from where the family lived in this faded city about 60 miles north of New York City.

Hillcrest FBLA competes

April 13, 2011 STRAWBERRY — Twelve members of the Hillcrest High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter attended the FBLA state leadership conference at Little Rock April 4-5. Blake Simmons who won second place in technology concepts will compete in June at the national FBLA leadership conference in Orlando, Fla.

Lyon awards four

April 13, 2011 Four local students have been accepted and awarded scholarships to Lyon College in Batesville, according to a news release.Recipients of Honors Day and Fine Arts scholarships are Hope Howard of Cave City, Jonathan Farrar of Floral and Corey Burrow of Rosie.Howard is the daughter of Alissa Howard and the granddaughter of Bert and Judy Miller and Rosie Breckenride, all of Cave City.Farrar is the son of Nathan and Lea Ramsey of Floral and the grandson of Donald and Pat Farrar of Bristol, Jim McAdams of Thida, and Johnny and Donna Ramsey of Floral.

Emery receives scholarship

April 13, 2011 NEWPORT — Tyler Emery of Newport has been awarded the Academic Freshman Scholarship for the fall semester at Arkansas State University-Newport.The son of Tammy and David Emery, he will graduate in May from Tuckerman High School. He plans to major in education.

ASU student awarded

April 13, 2011 JONESBORO — A Batesville woman was among the honorees at the 78th annual Student Honors Awards Ceremony at Arkansas State University. The student honors awards were presented Monday and included the recognition of 4.0 Scholars and Chancellor’s Scholars.Kendra Willis of Batesville shared recognition with Leslie James of Viola as the 4.0 Scholars from University College.