Jonesboro church to host ‘Ozark Mtn. Hoe-Down’

February 1, 2011 JONESBORO — Old Enterprise General Baptist Church Ladies Society will host an Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down benefit show March 5 at Westside High Auditorium, located at 1630 Highway 91 West in Jonesboro.The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down music theater is located in Eureka Springs, featuring comedy, crowd interaction and music from classic and new country to gospel and bluegrass.Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for teenagers 13 to 17, $3 for children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under. Groups of 20 or more will receive a $1 discount per ticket with an advance ticket purchase.

Black history program set

February 1, 2011 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church will have a black history program at 3 p.m. Feb. 13. February is Black History Month.Curley Roberts, pastor, will present the program.The church is located at 889 Oak St. in Batesville.The event is open to the public.

FBI continues to probe possible hate crime

January 31, 2011 HARDY — The throwing of a homemade incendiary device commonly known as a “Molotov cocktail” through a window of a house in Hardy the night of Jan. 1, starting a fire, is still being investigated as a possible hate crime, Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose said this morning.FBI agents arrived within two hours of being called when the incident occurred, and as many as three FBI agents continue to investigate, trying to identify and question everyone who might know anything about the crime, Rose said. No one had been arrested as of this morning.

Small quake recorded near Guy

January 31, 2011 GUY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a small earthquake has been recorded near Guy in northern Faulkner County.The survey says the magnitude 2.1 quake was recorded at 5:04 a.m. today. No injuries or damage have been reported.The earthquake was centered about three miles east of Guy and about 40 miles north of Little Rock.

Dance set for Saturday

January 31, 2011 Fellowship Bible Church is hosting a community-wide Daddy-Daughter Dance and Father-Daughter Ball on Saturday in the old Landers Theatre.The dance begins at 4 p.m. for preschool girls and their fathers/guardians, and the ball is at 6 for girls in grades 1-6 and their fathers/guardians.Tickets are available at Teacher 2 Teacher, The Cinnamon Stick and Deni’s Inspirations. For more information, call Kristi Price at (870) 793-0696

Interlocal meeting is Tuesday

January 31, 2011 Officials from the city of Batesville and Independence County will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex to discuss the interlocal law enforcement agreement. All meetings are open to the public.

Bank opens play zone

January 31, 2011 CeeBee The Money Bee and Citizens Bank of Batesville will hold a ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to formally open a new children’s CeeBee Playzone in the bank’s main branch at 200 S. Third St., according to a news release.“Our bank is becoming kid friendly,” said John Dews, bank president and CEO. “The Playzone is a wonderful aspect of our efforts to reach out to children.”

Body of missing man found

January 31, 2011 FAIRFIELD BAY (AP) — Authorities in north Arkansas say they’ve found the body of a 96-year-old man from Fairfield Bay who had been missing for three days.Roy Schneider’s body was found Saturday afternoon in an isolated area north of the Van Buren County community, near the Van Buren-Stone county line. Officials said searchers found Schneider’s body about three miles from where his vehicle was parked.No foul play is suspected, but authorities said an investigation continues.

Barth Boyd ‘Mr. Hot Dog’ Remembered

January 31, 2011 Barth Boyd is probably a name many in Batesville wouldn’t recognize, but say Mr. Hot Dog and more than likely they know exactly who you’re talking about.Having spent many years working in the media sector, having graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri, Boyd was never one to sit idle, even after retirement at the age of 65.So, he purchased a hot dog cart in 1999 and pulled it around with his Mercedes Benz.

Director pleased with play

January 31, 2011 The first two years of the Civil War came to a close Saturday night, at least as far as the “War Chronicles” play was concerned.The Independence County Historical Society and Batesville Community Theatre presented its joint production during back-to-back weekends at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall, with a special “yellow bus” performance for schools on Friday morning.