Master Naturalist classes to begin soon

December 14, 2010 JONESBORO — Registration for the new Northeast Arkansas Master Naturalists Chapter is now open. Classes begin in January on topics such as Botany, Entomology, Mammals, Meteorology, Birding, Archeology and will be held at Lake Frierson and Crowley’s Ridge State Parks, Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center and Arkansas State University Museum.“After completing the Master Naturalist program you will be armed with the knowledge to truly change lives, help the environment and make a difference in the world,” a news release states.

Movie to be screened

December 14, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting. This is a special, family friendly edition of the movie that has removed any 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 more information, call (870) 793-9124.

Missing woman’s body found in Craighead ditch

December 14, 2010 BLACK OAK (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies say a body found in a ditch in eastern Craighead County is that of a woman from Weiner reported missing by her husband.The body of 75-year-old Louise Mary Beard, reported missing Sunday evening, was found Monday near Black Oak in a watercourse known in the region as the Cocklebur Ditch. Her empty car was nearby.

Mt. Pleasant to host dinner

December 14, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant elementary campus of Melbourne School District will host its annual senior citizens’ Christmas dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the elementary cafeteria.The event is open to the public.For more information call Carolyn Blevins or Willene Bray at (870) 346-5194 or 346-5481.

Free turkeys to be given

December 14, 2010 The Moose Lodge will be giving away 500 turkeys at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Batesville Walmart parking lot.Turkeys will be given on a first-come, first-served basis — only one per family.

Bids for dugouts top agenda

December 14, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will hear a report concerning baseball dugout bids when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cave City Middle School Library, said Superintendent Steven Green.The directors will also review a monthly financial report, consider a legal transfer request and hold a personnel session.

Spring Creek board to meet

December 14, 2010 The annual meeting of the Spring Creek Manor Inc. board will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fred’s Fish House, 3777 Harrison St. in Batesville.Included on the agenda is the renewal of expiring terms, election of officers, housing update, program report, and financial statements.For more information regarding the meeting, call the White River Area Agency on Aging at (870) 612-3000.

NCO offers open house

December 14, 2010 Network of Community Options will host a Christmas Open House from noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.A nonprofit organization providing services to people with developmental disabilities, NCO is located at 710 South St. Louis St., Batesville. For more information, visit

Rotary conducting Super Stocking Stuffer raffle

December 14, 2010 The Batesville Rotary Club is currently selling tickets for its Super Stocking Stuffer Raffle, with all proceeds going to support the club’s college scholarships and charitable giving. The grand prize for the drawing, which will be Monday, will be $1,500 in Visa gift cards. Two second place winners will each receive a $500 Visa gift card. The prizes were made possible by Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, First National Banking Company, First Southern Bank and Merchants and Planters Bank.

Residents may assess online, starting Jan. 1

December 14, 2010 Independence County citizens can assess their personal property online effective Jan. 1, Assessor Odus Fulmer has announced.The county has contracted with DataScout LLC, an Internet and database software provider based in Arkansas, to make this service available on the Internet. The program, known as ScoutAssess, can be accessed by going to the Independence County website at and clicking on the link titled “Assess Personal Property Online!” in the County Assessor subpages.It is a free-access website.