ASU-Beebe to present ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 1, 2010 BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe Theater in cooperation with ASU-Beebe Music will present “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens adapted and directed by Leslie Thurman. The production will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 7 and 8 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Owen Center Theater.

Library open 7 days a week

December 1, 2010 The Independence County Library is open seven days a week and features a new website,, launched in late 2009.The library located at 368 E. Main in Batesville is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information call (870) 793-8814.

Ken Smith to perform

December 1, 2010 BMI singer/songwriter Ken Smith will perform at 6 p.m. Friday at the Cinnamon Stick located at 151 W. Main St. in Batesville three doors down from the Melba Theater. Admission is free.

Master Gardeners accepting applicants

December 1, 2010 Want to be a Master Gardener? Applications are being taken for those who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others. The Master Gardeners and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service are conducting the Master Gardener training program, one class per week, starting Feb. 3 and ending March 3. The application deadline is Jan. 5.

LR restaurants tout seafood from Gulf

December 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Some Little Rock restaurants are joining a national campaign to promote the safety of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico.Participating restaurants will serve a special dish today that includes either fish, oysters, shrimp or crabs from the Gulf. The event is intended to show that seafood from the Gulf is safe following an oil spill there earlier this year.The event includes more than 150 chefs nationwide, the U.S. Travel Association and convention and visitors bureaus,  including Little Rock.

Midland FFA attends nationals

December 1, 2010 INDIANAPOLIS — The Midland School District FFA Chapter in Pleasant Plains was one of 44 teams that participated in the 2010 National FFA Horse Career Development event Oct. 20-23 in Indianapolis.Participants evaluated eight classes of horses through performance events and halter classes and competitors gave reasons for their selections during the 83rd annual national FFA convention.The National FFA Horse Evaluation is one of 23 different national events that uses the fun of competition to connect classroom learning and careers, according to a news release.

JPs favor librarians

December 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — Wrongfully terminated.That was the decision by the Izard County Quorum Court Grievance Committee Tues-day night when it met to discuss the firings of two librarians.Over a span of 18 years Zennie Polland has served as head librarian at the Melbourne Library while her daughter Mel Polland has served as library clerk. That all ended a month ago when the library board walked in and fired them.Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley said he knew of no problems or complaints with the library and did not know the women had been fired until the following day.

Account established for victim of house fire

November 30, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — An account has been established at First Southern Bank for Don Smith of Southside, who lost everything in a house fire on Nov. 20. Other donations including men’s 36x30-sized pants and extra-large shirts are also appreciated. For drop-off information call (870) 834-8652 or (870) 698-0112 after 1:30 p.m.

Auxiliary to host crafts, bake sale

November 30, 2010 The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a crafts and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post No. 4501, 1680 Chaney Drive in Batesville.Table space can be rented for $10. Proceeds from the sale will help provide funds for uniforms and provide for the auxiliary’s youth programs, VFW Quartermaster Ashleigh Brashers said. For more information call (870) 698-4959 or (870) 612-9809.

Holiday benefit scheduled

November 30, 2010 SIDNEY — Three local churches are partnering to offer a free holiday benefit in the community, according to a news release.First Baptist Church of Evening Shade, Sidney Baptist Church and Grace Country Church of Sidney have joined efforts to hold “Care to Share” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sidney Baptist Church.