Petting zoo to open April 17

April 2, 2010 Jonesboro — The College of Agriculture and Technology announces the semi-annual Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo. The petting zoo will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 17 at the ASU Farm Beef Barn on Longhorn Drive.Officials say visitors should expect crowds, as this is a very popular event. For the health and safety of both children and animals, no food, drink, toys, or pacifiers are permitted in the petting zoo.

1 in 4 elderly need care decisions made for them

April 2, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — A significant number of the elderly — more than one in four — will eventually need someone to make end-of-life decisions about their medical care, a new study suggests.The results illustrate the value of people making their wishes known in a living will and designating someone to make treatment decisions for them, the researchers said.In the study, those who spelled out their preferences in living wills usually got the treatment they wanted. Only a few wanted heroic measures to prolong their lives.

BCT announces cast for upcoming production

April 2, 2010 Batesville Community Theatre has announced the cast for the spring musical production, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. Performances will be in Holloway Theatre on the Lyon College campus, with show times at 7:30 p.m. May 13, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. May 16. Tickets are available at Schwegman’s Office Supply.

TCF to have cleaning

April 2, 2010 The Compassionate Friends North Central Arkansas chapter will have a clean-up day around the chapter’s memorial tree.The tree is located in the Children’s Memorial Park, next to Riverside Park in Batesville. Cleaning will get under way at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. In the event of rain, the cleaning will be postponed.

Dance team to host fundraiser

April 2, 2010 The West Magnet Elementary dance team will hold a hamburger supper and pie auction fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the school.A performance at the gymnasium will kick off the event and dinner will follow at 5:30 with the auction set for 6. Tickets for the hamburger dinner and all the fixings, including drink and dessert are $5.Proceeds will be used to help the 54-member dance team make a performance trip to Branson, Mo. West Magnet is located at 850 Hill St. in Batesville.

Biologist to present Lyon convocation program

April 2, 2010 Dr. Kevin McGraw, an evolutionary biologist, will present a convocation program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Nucor Auditorium on the Lyon College campus. McGraw is an associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences in Tempe, Ariz. The program is free and open to the public.

Sex offender to be extradited

April 2, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Lawrence County officers arrested William Spellman, 52, who was living in Ravenden, on Thursday for failure to register as a sex offender, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the sheriff’s criminal investigation division.“The arrest came after the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by the U. S. Marshals about an absconded sex offender from Tennessee that might be living in Lawrence County,” Dotson said. “Deputies went looking for Spellman in the Ravenden area and learned that he was working in Walnut Ridge.”

No fines for overdue books

April 2, 2010 The Independence County Library is observing National Library Weeks with fine-free days for the next two weeks.Library employees ask that all overdue items be returned, without penalty of a fine, April 5-17.Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (870) 793-8814.

It was never make believe Newport’s Jack Nance: Making music happen

April 2, 2010 Editor’s note: This is Part Two in a series on Jack Nance, a Newport native. In addtion to Conway Twitty, Nance worked with top entertainers including Dionne Warwick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Monkees, the Moody Blues, the Fifth Dimension, the Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night, the Temptations, Herman’s Hermits and others. The “others” included a group of youngsters called the Jackson Five as they rose to prominence. One of them, 12 at the time, went on to become the most famous of pop stars — King of Pop Michael Jackson.

Doing Time

April 2, 2010 Twenty years ago signs to the entrance where the prison would be located touted it as the Miller-Clinton Prison. Quorum courts and city halls were filled to capacity and the construction site had to have 24/7 security to cut down on the vandalism. In 1990, the unit opened with 12 inmates and 64 staff members. Now it contains over 550 inmates and more than 200 staff members. Future plans call for a $4 million-$5 million addition and will require additional employees.