Harding presents annual student musical program

March 3, 2010 SEARCY — Spring Sing, Harding University’s annual student musical variety show, will present its audience with a “passport” to travel the world without leaving their seats in the Benson Auditorium April 1-3.The show will combine the efforts of more than 800 students to showcase the unique global nature of Harding, including performances by international students and videos from Harding’s study abroad programs around the globe.

Funds available to renovate, build rural rental housing

March 3, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Applications are being accepted to provide affordable rental housing to rural residents through the Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced. “This program helps finance the construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable multi-family rental housing for rural residents and I encourage eligible parties to apply for these funds.”

Consignment sale set

March 3, 2010 A children’s consignment sale known as The Polka Dot will be held later this month at the Independence County Fairgrounds, according to a news release.Sale times will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 18, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 19, with the half-price sale from 9 a.m. to noon March 20.Items for sale include clothing, bedding, decorative items, furniture, toys, baby gear, swings, bathtubs, cribs, maternity clothing and much more, the release states.

Fish, chicken dinner set

March 3, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain community will hold a fish and chicken dinner from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the community center. The all-you-can-eat buffet will include dessert and drink. Adult plates are $8 and child’s plates are $4.

Ozarka board to meet

March 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Board Room of the John Miller Education Complex. Agenda items include board committee and area reports, consideration of sick day sell-back policy, new academic programs approval, mission review and approval of new personnel and the year-to-date finance report. For more information, call Karla Rush or Nancy Dust at (870) 368-7371.

Missionaries to speak

March 3, 2010 NEWARK — Two missionaries who are planning to train pastors and church leaders in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan will speak at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Newark Assembly of God.The missionaries will be involved in teaching at Silk Road Theological Institute and assisting at Hope Academy, a Christian international primary and secondary school.The church is located at 9450 Harrison St. in Newark. For more information call (870) 799-3325.

BCT opens auditions

March 3, 2010 Batesville Community Theatre has announced auditions for its upcoming musical production, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday and March 22 in Room 6 at Brown Chapel on the Lyon College campus in Batesville.Many roles are available for men and women ages 18 and over.Those auditioning should bring 16 bars of music and a one-minute monologue.For more information call (870) 613-6055.

Melbourne to fete Arbor Day

March 3, 2010 Melbourne — The Tree City USA Committee will host an Arbor Day Celebration at 2 p.m. Monday in Melbourne. Committee members will plant a tree adjacent to the newly-constructed Cooperative Extension Service Office in the city hall complex area.Melbourne has been designated as a Tree City by the Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Arbor Day Society for the last four years consecutively, according to a news release.

Water board to elect officers

March 3, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to elect officers for the year, Manager John Richardson said.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson is expected to report on legal requirements concerning commitment to the Corps of Engineers concerning a request for stabilization of the bank of the White River near the authority’s water intake station. The bank was heavily eroded by floods in 2008.

Concert to benefit Renewal Ranch

March 3, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Mount Zion Baptist Church is hosting a benefit concert for Renewal Ranch in Conway at 6 p.m. Sunday. The Dooleys of Conway, will perform. The evening will consist of praise and worship, according to a news release. The church is located at 149 Rorie St., Southside.The Dooleys consist of one brother and three sisters. For more information, visit thedooleys.org.