Men hurt in blast released

September 22, 2010 Two men injured in a Sept. 9 explosion and taken to a Little Rock hospital have since been released, Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson told the city council Tuesday night.A total of seven men were hurt in the explosion that occurred 30 feet under the Batesville Municipal Golf Course as a tunnel is being bored for wastewater pipelines. Five of the men were transported to White River Medical Center, according to dispatch reports, and two were sent to a hospital in Little Rock for surgery.

Volunteering was passion for retired teacher Mabry

September 22, 2010 In all her years, Doris Mabry had never met a stranger. “And, if they were a stranger you wouldn’t know they were a stranger,” said Tena Bledsoe, director of volunteer services and programs at White River Medical Center.Always smiling, always laughing, always happy — that’s just how Mabry, retired home economics teacher and community activist, was and how she will be remembered by many.Mabry, who along with husband Charles, devoted many years and much of her time to the Batesville hospital as a volunteer, died Saturday. She was 92.

Postal changes studied

September 22, 2010 The U.S. Postal Service plans to conduct a feasibility study at the Batesville facility, officials announced Tuesday.This does not mean the Batesville Post Office will close, but some operations could be consolidated into the Jonesboro Processing & Distribution Facility, officials said.“The study, known as an Area Mail Processing (AMP) study, involves a review of the mail processing and transportation operations to determine capacity needs at a facility in order to increase efficiency and improve productivity,” according to a news release from the postal service.

Attackers found dead

September 22, 2010 NEWPORT — A Jackson County man who said he was attacked by two people and had been stabbed about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday told police he had defended himself and that he did not think the attackers were still breathing, Sheriff David Lucas said in a news release.The call to the 911 dispatch office was made by Gary Paul Henley’s wife, whose name does not appear in the news release.She said Henley had called her about the attack and she asked that an ambulance be sent to the site at 1401 Madison St. in Weldon in southern Jackson County.

Quartet to sing Saturday

September 21, 2010 SITKA — Pleasant Ridge Community Church in the Sitka community will have its monthly singing at 6 p.m. Saturday.The featured singers will be the Golden Road Quartet of Doniphan, Mo. A time of fellowship will follow the singing.For more information call (870) 528-3568 or 528-4909.

13th annual dance marathon set

September 21, 2010 The Sisters of Phi Mu at Lyon College will hold their 13th annual Dance Marathon on Oct. 2 on the Lyon College campus. They raise money for Phi Mu’s National Philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network, by dancing from noon to midnight in the Lower Union. Skit performances will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the raffle drawing at 8. Raffle tickets can be purchased during lunch or at the event. Contact Holly Geis ( for more information or to donate.The event is open to the public.

Childhood development series scheduled

September 21, 2010 NEWPORT — A free early childhood professional development series will be held at Arkansas State University at Newport beginning Oct. 1.The series is developed by the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. Cathy Landers is trainer. The pre-kindergarten social emotional learning classes will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays at ASU Newport in room 108 of the Center for Arts building.

Free movie scheduled

September 21, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will continue its series of free outdoor movies, with the next scheduled for Sunday. “Fly Away Home” will be screened in Couch Garden (behind Brown Chapel) on the Lyon College campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.The movies are open to the public.

Art classes offered

September 21, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council, 246 E. Main St., will be offering the following art workshops and classes:• Gourd Art Workshop with artist Joyce Campbell — Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Class cost is $35, and participants may bring their own gourds or purchase at the workshop.• Pastel Painting Class with Barbara Inglehart — Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6-8 p.m. Class fee is $60 for the four sessions. Materials can be purchased at gallery for additional cost. A $25 deposit required.

Cemetery group to meet

September 21, 2010 GRANGE — The Wilkerson Cemetery Association will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery, located east of Grange. Business will discussed and finger foods will be served at noon.For more information, call Wanda Wilkerson at (870) 307-8110.