Leon Russell to perform

April 21, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Leon Russell will perform May 1 at Cherokee Village’s Omaha Center (capacity 500), according to a news release from Batesville Promotions. Doors open at 6 p.m., Gerry Moss will perform at 7 and 1970s rock/pop icon Russell at 8.

1930s Delta life to be highlighted

April 21, 2010 The Sharp County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the community room of First National Banking Company in Ash Flat to hear about the Widner-Magers Historic Farm District at Dell, said Ina Gill, publicist.Dell is southwest of Blytheville, in Mississippi County.

SWAT — ‘Real life’ training

April 21, 2010 It might be the dead of night, and they’re in the middle of a short but sound sleep, when an emergency call comes in. There’s no time for hesitation for a SWAT team officer — even one in training.That’s the scene faced by more than two dozen officers from various departments around the state at the SWAT training school, held by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office at Camp Tahkodah this week.

Students become world travelers

April 21, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Not many people can say they’ve been blessed by the Pope. But Kayla McBride, Tyler Durham, Shanda Mangold, Katelyn Hammock and Hunter Durham can. The five Hillcrest High School students and Katelyn’s mom, Kim Hammock, can also add “world travelers” to their résumés, having recently returned from a 12-day European trip that included visits to Spain, Italy and France.

Cave City gets bids on dirt work at football complex Other business includes school calendar, salaries, student achievements

April 20, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board agreed Friday to accept a $344,400 bid from Geurin Contractors Inc. for dirt work for a new football complex, Superintendent Steven Green said.The bid was accepted on condition providing the firm follows all necessary procedures required by the state in bonding along with a written assurance of having an active contractor’s license, Green said.

Springfest planned in Heber Springs

April 20, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Springfest this weekend. The celebration features a “Got Spring?” theme this year and begins with the Art/Photography Walk and “Taste of Heber” beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Heber Springs.The walk will be held in various downtown businesses, and participants should be sure to ask a participating business for a Program Card, then have their card punched at each location to be eligible for door prizes to be drawn on the courthouse steps at the conclusion of the evening.

Students to host walk

April 20, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Elementary students will hold their annual wonder walk for the March of Dimes on Thursday. Students are collecting donations from their friends and family to raise funds to help fight birth defects, lower infant mortality and reduce prematurity, which is the mission of the March of Dimes organization. March of Dimes community director Sherry Lamb said her organization was appreciative of Coach Kristie Jenkins, the students, their parents and the Key Club “for their support of our mission to give all babies a better chance for a healthy start in life.”

Park to celebrate Earth Day

April 20, 2010 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday with a variety of fun and educational nature and science programs, park officials announced.The event is targeted for students in grades 3-6. This event is free and space is limited. For information or to register a group call (870) 878-6595.

Class reunion scheduled

April 20, 2010 CHARLOTTE — The Cord-Charlotte graduating class of 1955 will have its 55-year reunion from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The event is open to all classmates, friends and relatives, according to Shirley Herzig.

Ozark Folk Center will host SweepIn

April 20, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View will be the site of a gathering of craftspeople honoring the centuries-old skill of broom making Friday through Sunday.The gathering, a first of its kind, has been named the “SweepIn” and will feature some of the most recognized Broom Squires from across the continent, officials said.