Preschools schedule open house

August 26, 2010 NEWARK — Preschools at the Cedar Ridge District will each hold open houses and orientations Monday and Tuesday. Open house and orientation for parents at Oil Trough Preschool will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, preschool director Lori Goings said. Cord-Charlotte Preschool will hold its open house and orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Benefit account established

August 26, 2010 NEWARK — A benefit account has been established for the family of Bobby Ruddell of Newark who has been battling melanoma cancer.The “Bobby Ruddell Fund” is at Merchants and Planters Bank and donations can be made at any branch.

Reception to welcome Dews

August 26, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a reception welcoming the new president and CEO of Citizens Bank, John F. Dews, and his wife Beverly, to the community from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber of commerce located at 409 Vine St. The event is open to the public. Dews, formerly the chairman and CEO of Simmons First Bank of El Dorado with more than 25 years of banking experience, joined Citizens on Aug. 1. Dews was active on many boards and in several organizations in El Dorado.

‘Road to Kindergarten’ scheduled for Tuesday night

August 26, 2010 The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center will hold a “Road to Kindergarten” meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.As the new school year begins, parents and teachers of preschoolers have much to think about. Research in recent years has highlighted the importance of early education, and we all want the best for the children we care about,” Parents As Teachers coordinator Lorrie McClure said.The goal of this meeting is to make the most of this important year before kindergarten. Each child will receive a kindergarten readiness backpack filled with free activities,” she said.

Tunnel, smoke testing progress

August 26, 2010 Work on the tunnel leading to the wastewater treatment plant has slowed now that crews have hit rock, but with blasting they are able to make 5-6 feet a day usually, Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson told the Batesville City Council Tuesday night.The project only lacks about 150 feet from having the tunnel shaft complete, he said, and when that’s done they will begin installing the carrier pipe.

CPR class offered

August 25, 2010 Vital Link ambulance service will conduct the health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee is $40.To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Church offers class for women

August 25, 2010 Family Connections of Batesville First Assembly will be hosting a free class for women entitled “Helping Your Man Win Every Man’s Battle.” This two-part class will begin at at 6 p.m. Friday in the church basement in the Family Connections Room. Supper will be served. Part one is looking at the material from “Every Man’s Battle” from a female’s perspective, and part two is a discussion about sex from a Biblical perspective. This class will be taught by a marriage and family therapist. Registration is suggested and may be done by calling (870)  793-5489.

Revival starts Monday

August 25, 2010 SIDNEY — Concord Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Sidney will have revival services at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The church is located at 2054 Highway 58, about six miles west of Sidney.Evangelist will be Kendall Weaver, pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Concord. Weaver was born and raised in the Sidney community and attended Mount Pleasant school. For more information call Matthew Adam, pastor, at (870) 834-9350.

Author Steece to sign books

August 25, 2010 David Steece, author of “Paradox,” will sign copies of his autobiographical book from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hastings Bookstore in Batesville.

Man sentenced in plot to kidnap sheriff’s son

August 25, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — A Mount Judea man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring to kidnap the son of Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape.Fifty-four-year-old David Middleton was sentenced after pleading guilty Friday to the conspiracy charge and to a charge of delivery of methamphetamine.Middleton is currently serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for a drug conviction. His state term is to begin when he completes the federal sentence.Police say Middleton planned to use the sheriff’s son as leverage for his own release from prison.