JP districts may change with Census results

January 6, 2011 The 2010 Census could mean some changes for the 11 justice of the peace districts in Independence County.Dwayne Millikin, who is currently serving as election coordinator, explained at an election commission meeting Wednesday that the state has to prepare redistricting every 10 years, with lines redrawn based on the Census results. The goal is to make sure areas of representation have equal population.

Texting, drinking, driving don’t mix

January 6, 2011 A woman who admitted she had been drinking and text-messaging a friend when she drove into the opposite lane of traffic and almost hit a police officer learned it doesn’t pay to text and drive — particularly after a few glasses of wine.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Dee McFatter was responding to call at about 1:50 Tuesday morning and crossing the White River Bridge on Highway 167 when she noticed a vehicle driving in the wrong lane of traffic.

AnnaMaria to perform at Beebe

January 6, 2011 BEEBE — The Centennial Bank Cultural Season at Arkansas State University-Beebe will present AnnaMaria Cardinalli-Padilla, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Owen Center Theater.

CPR classes offered

January 6, 2011 Vital Link ambulance service will offer the Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday.The fee of $25 includes the textbook and CPR card.The health care provider CPR class will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20. The fee is $40.Both classes will be held in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.To register for either class, call (870) 793-3351.

Fish, chicken dinner slated

January 6, 2011 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community Center will host a fish and chicken dinner from 3-7:30 p.m. Friday.The all-you-can-eat buffet, including dessert and drink will be $8 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under.

Movie to be screened

January 6, 2011 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting. This is a special, family-friendly edition of the movie with no objectionable language or scenes, according to a news release.The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For information, call (870) 793-9124.

Stephens to mark 90th birthday

January 6, 2011 DESHA — Retha Stephens will celebrate her 90th birthday with a celebration from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at her home at 179 Park Road, Desha. All family and friends are welcome to attend.Born Jan. 7, 1921 at Concord, she and her husband of 60 years, the late Rev. Burnell Stephens, had four children: the late Fletcher Stephens, Charles Stephens, Sheila James and Marilyn Buschmann.

The Weekend Events

January 6, 2011 Friday• Beginning Steps free program to support parents of newborn babies, 1 p.m., conference room A of the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging at White River Medical Center. Open to all parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks. Call (870) 793-0627.• Fish and chicken dinner, 3-7:30 p.m., Hutchinson Mountain Community Center. Plates are $8 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under. • Ashleigh Rogers and Robin “Bird” Goodwin in concert, 6 p.m., The Cinnamon Stick, downtown Batesville. Free admission.

Broadway appointed ADHE deputy director

January 6, 2011 LITTLE ROCK— Shane Broadway of Bryant has been appointed deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and began his duties with ADHE Monday. He served in the state legislature from 1997-2010, first as a representative and later as a senator and was instrumental in bringing about legislation that has significantly impacted both primary and secondary education in Arkansas.

Two earn scholarships

January 6, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Two area students have been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship to attend Williams Baptist College. The scholarship is awarded to incoming WBC students based on their college entrance examination scores.Chelsea Sneed of Strawberry, a senior at Hillcrest High School, is the daughter of Reena Sneed of Strawberry and Dennis Sneed of Paragould.Kandess Pfitzner of Newark, a senior at Batesville High School, is the daughter of Bryon and Shelley Pfitzner of Newark.