Music studio to hold festival

May 17, 2010 Weston Music Studio, under the direction of Dr. Sarah Weston, will hold a Spring Music Festival Saturday at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The festival will consist of two recitals at 3 and 6 p.m. Recital themes are Latin and springtime. Sixty students will perform at the recitals, which will feature Latin piano pieces by such composers as Enrique Granados, Rafael Pastor, Ernesto Lecuona and Isaac Albinez. Vocal performers will sing springtime numbers as well as Italian art songs.

UACCB presents GED diplomas

May 17, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced its GED graduates as follows:

Nursing grads honored

May 17, 2010 Melbourne — Practical nursing graduates at Ozarka College were honored at a Recognition Ceremony in the John E. Miller Education Complex on May 4. Students completing their studies in practical nursing were: Calico Rock — Amy McCoy Cave City — Jamie Ackerson Cherokee Village — Ashlea Tiberghien Evening Shade — Amanda Wilson Hardy — Delisha Williams Mammoth Spring — Tammie Braden Melbourne — Anne Smith, Brent Tyson Mount Pleasant — Kristina Curtis, Randy Dyke Mountain Home — Ginnifer Shaw Oxford — Stephanie Gale

Kids fishing derby set

May 17, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will host its fourth annual Children’s Fishing Derby from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the FutureFuel (formerly Eastman) Park on Gap Road. The event is open to youngsters 3-14 years old; everyone should bring his or her own pole. Lunch will be provided, and prizes and goody bags will be awarded.

CPR class offered

May 17, 2010 Vital Link ambulance service will offer the healthcare provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. May 24. The fee is $40. The heartsaver CPR and first aid class will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. May 27. The $25 feecovers the cost of the textbook and CPR card. Both classes will be in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville. To register for either class, call (870) 793-3351.

Free smoke detectors, fire extinguishers offered

May 17, 2010 The Batesville Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and will install them at no charge. This service is only available to residents in the city limits. The fire department received a $2,500 grant from State Farm to buy 516 smoke detectors including batteries then bought the fire extinguishers at a fraction of the retail price through federal surplus.

Feds notified of man with homemade IDs

May 17, 2010 A man accused of shoplifting from a store on Harrison Street is facing more severe charges after he allegedly gave police a homemade identification card Friday night. According to the owner of La Tienda De Mexico, Melba Pitones, a man she knew as Fernando Lozano, came into her store around 7 p.m. and she caught him shoplifting. When confronted, the man reportedly removed the stolen object from his pocket and threw it on a shelf. Pitones said he fled the store when she started calling police.

Relay team hosting concert

May 17, 2010 Melbourne — The Ozarka College Relay for Life team is hosting a concert by Melbourne’s own Deadwood Groove from 5-7 p.m. Friday outside the nursing building on the grounds of Ozarka. Deadwood Groove features Tracy Cone, Chaney Coleman, Eric Sitton, Noah Sitton and friends. The concert will feature a variety of cover songs ranging from Johnny Cash to Guns N’ Roses and everything in between. Admission is $5 per person with children 12 and under free. There will be concessions, including hot dogs for $1.

C-130Hs to replace C-130Es at air base

May 17, 2010 JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Air Force officials say Little Rock Air Force Base will get 18 C-130H cargo planes to replace C-130E aircraft that are more than 40 years old and will be retired from service. The C-130Hs will come from National Guard and Reserve units around the country. “It’s all about upgrading the fleet,” according to Col. Jim Summers, commander of the 189th Airlift Wing, an Arkansas National Guard unit, at Little Rock Air Force Base. “It gets very expensive to keep ’62, ’63, ’64 model airplanes flying.”

Storms drop hail, drench central, SW Arkansas

May 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Hail up to the size of golf balls has been reported as thunderstorms passed through parts of central and southwestern Arkansas. The National Weather service said some property damage was reported from Sunday afternoon’s storms, but there were no reports of injuries. The agency said the largest hail was reported in Perry County, west of Little Rock, about 2:42 p.m. Powerlines blown down by the winds also set a shed on fire in the Houston community. Some homes also sustained damage in Perry County when hail broke windows and then fell inside the houses as well.