PBS to feature Southside choir

March 10, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High School choir will be featured on PBS’ AETN “Celebrate America!” at 6:30 tonight. “Southside High School has now joined the ranks of over fifteen thousand of our nation’s most outstanding young performers including celebrities such as Jackie Evancho and Emily Bear both of whom will be featured again this year,” according to a news release.

Suspect named

March 10, 2011 When a Thida woman saw a man taking things from the family’s pickup truck and run into the woods the night of Feb. 26, she called her husband who chased the man down and got his property back, but not before the man fled again.Around 8:10 p.m., Independence County Deputy Ben Keener took a report from Roger McDaniel of 50 Harwood Lane regarding a man who had stolen items from his truck.

Scholarship established; Docu ready for release

March 10, 2011 CAVE CITY — An anonymous $50,000 gift to fund a scholarship in the forestry field for a graduating Cave City High School senior each year was accepted by the school board during a recent meeting, said Superintendent Steven Green.“The scholarship is dedicated to Dr. Earl and (the late) Laura Belcher in recognition of their accomplishments in the field of forestry and for their tireless efforts in the development of training programs in the field in Arkansas,” Green said.Dr. Belcher is a retired forestry and tree seed development specialist.

The Weekend Events

March 10, 2011 Friday• Spring Handpicked and Handmade Craft Show (in conjunction with the Mountain View Spring Bluegrass Festival), 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View. Free admission. Visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com or call (870) 269-3851. For information on the bluegrass festival, call 269-2704.• Free story time for toddlers and preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Old Independence Regional Museum. Crafts included. To schedule a group, call (870) 793-2121.

Izard County Farm Bureau announces scholarship

March 10, 2011 MELBOURNE — Applications are currently being accepted for the Izard County Farm Bureau Scholarship program. Applicants must be graduating from an Izard County High School in the spring of 2011 and the applicant or their parents must be members of the Izard County Farm Bureau.Four scholarships will be awarded for fall 2011, one each for a student from Calico Rock High School, Izard County Consolidated High School, Melbourne High School and one for a student who will enroll at Ozarka College.

Lyon choir to end tour with Monday concert

March 10, 2011 The Lyon College Concert Chorale will conclude its spring tour Monday with a 7:30 p.m. performance at First Presbyterian Church in Batesville.Under the direction of Dr. Joel Plaag, the choir will be singing music for Ash Wednesday and Lent, including Pablo Casals and Alberto Ginastera’s settings of “O Vos Omnes;” Pietro Mascagni’s “Easter Hymn” from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana, (featuring soloists Diana Turnbo and Emy Teis); and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Hear my Prayer,” (featuring soprano soloists Kit Howeth and Kristen Rhoads).

Lyon library to host preschool story hour

March 10, 2011 The Mabee-Simpson Library of Lyon College is hosting a preschool story hour every Tuesday in April from 10 to 11 a.m. Children ages 3-5 are welcome to come. It is free of charge and open to the public. The themes for the story hours are:April 4 — Cat in the HatApril 12 — April Showers Bring May FlowersApril 19 — Easter FunApril 26 — Mother’s Day HurrayThere will be stories, movies, crafts, snacks and special characters may make guest appearances. For more information call (870) 307-7444.

Retired teachers to meet

March 10, 2011 The Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at noon Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville for a Dutch treat meal.The guest speaker will be Arkansas Retired Teachers Association secretary Paulette Parker of Paragould. All retired school employees are invited to attend.

House panel passes bill changing horse care laws

March 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Horse massage therapists and people who file down horses’ teeth would be able to practice their trades in Arkansas for a couple of years under a bill passed by a House committee on Wednesday, though the issue would be studied for the next two years.Equine teeth floating, as the filing of horse teeth is known, has to be done either by the horse owner or a veterinarian. It’s the same with equine massage, nonsurgical insemination and the selling of certain medicines to treat animal disease.

Plea deal reached in church bombing

March 10, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Madison County man charged in connection with a bomb found in a church the day after a runoff election last June has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.The church had served as a polling place for the election.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 40-year-old Mark Stephen Krause pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Fayetteville to conspiracy to possess unregistered firearms. He had initially been charged with possession of a bomb.