Fundraiser set for Saturday

February 1, 2011 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church, located at 99 Pearl Drive in Mount Pleasant, will host a fundraiser for Renewal Ranch in Conway at 6 p.m. Saturday.James Loy will give a update on the ranch and his testimony. Music will be by Chris Tedeschi, Quillen Edwards and special guests from Conway, The Dooleys.Refreshments will be served afterward.

Polar Bear Plunge nears

February 1, 2011 The 10th annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics will be from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the White River Sand Bar in Batesville. Registration starts at noon, with the plunge at 1 p.m.Plungers wear outlandish costumes to dive, jump, belly-flop or otherwise descend in the chilly waters of the White River. “We are looking for people to take the plunge and raise some money for our awesome athletes,” said Jessica Choate Fagan, Special Olympics representative. She said Paragould raised $30,000 during its plunge last weekend.

Of Ebony Embers to perform

February 1, 2011 NEWPORT — The ASU-Newport Concert~Lecture Series and the Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council will present Of Ebony Embers in celebration of Black History Month at 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Arkansas State University-Newport Center for the Arts.The event is free and open to the public.

Habitat to hold banquet

February 1, 2011 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will present the third annual “Home is Where the Heart Is” banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, with dinner served at 6:30.A silent auction is also planned. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.Tickets are $25 per person, $50 per couple and $300 for a corporate table.For more information, call Econo-Mart Pharmacy at (870) 793-4179, First Community Bank at (870) 612-3418 or Citizens Bank at 793-4441.

Dinners set at Highland VFW

February 1, 2011 HIGHLAND — A baked chicken dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars post, said Quartermaster Nelson Gatewood.The cook has recuperated from a successful knee operation so she has volunteered to cook additional dinners as long as she has enough volunteers to help get the food prepared, served and everything cleaned up, Gatewood said.

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