Bikers to be challenged

April 30, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The sixth annual Syllamo’s Revenge Mountain Bike Challenge takes place Saturday in the Mountain View area. The event offers more than 40 miles of biking through the beautiful Ozark Mountains with changing scenery and views of the White River Valley and Sylamore Creek Valley, according to a news release. Call (870) 269-8068 for details.

Woodcarving to be demonstrated

April 30, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — The North Arkansas Woodcarvers 31st annual Woodcarving Show and Sale Saturday and Sunday in Mountain Home features whittlers, woodcarvers, wood turners, vendors, judged competitions, demonstrations, and a carving contest. Participants range from novice to professional. The show is free to the public and takes place at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. Visit or call (870) 431-8070 for more information.

EHC to host meeting

April 30, 2010 The Independence County Extension Homemakers Council spring meeting will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. May 7 at the Cooperative Extension Service office in Batesville. A potluck will be part of the meeting. The Pfeiffer club is in charge of registration, Charlotte in charge of decorations and the hostess club will be FANS-Cord. For more information, call (870) 793-8840.

Academy presents ‘Spring Fling’

April 30, 2010 EVENING SHADE — The Evening Shade Math and Science Academy will present a “Spring Fling” music program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Evening Shade gymnasium. Admission is free.

HR program scheduled

April 30, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Ambassador will present a program May 7 beneficial to area human resource managers and business owners on unemployment insurance concerning the employer, according to a news release. Mike Gleghorn, field auditor supervisor with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, will present an overview of elements involved in state unemployment tax and the issues involving misclassification of workers. Elements include: • Overview of state unemployment • Employer liability • Overview of tax rates and wage base for 2010

Choirs slate program

April 30, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High and Middle school choirs will present “Defying Gravity: A New Generation of Broadway” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the middle school cafetorium. Selections will include music from “Wicked,” “Chicago” and “Hair Spray” among others, coordinator and instructor Angela Weaver said. Admission is free.

Melbourne school plans event

April 30, 2010 MELBOURNE — It will be food, fun and entertainment at Melbourne High School when art, band, choir and FFA students host an art exhibit, band and choir concerts, and a free community cookout on Tuesday, according to a news release. The FFA cookout will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the patio behind the cafeteria. High school student artwork will be on display at the student union from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., while the band and choir concerts are set to begin at 7:30 in the gymnasium. Admission is free.

Progress edition coming

April 30, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will again publish its Progress edition this summer. The edition is published every five years and offers updates made in the community, business and agriculture, public service and industry sectors — how they’ve grown, what’s new, what’s been updated, etc. To find out more information on how to list your business, industry, club or organization, call the Guard at (870) 793-2383 to have a form faxed to you, or pick up a form at our office at 258 W. Main St.

Small quake rattles NW Ark.

April 30, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.5-magnitude earthquake has struck in Benton County. According to the agency, the quake struck at 10:52 a.m. Thursday about three miles northwest of Bentonville in northwest Arkansas. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the quake, which survey officials estimated was about 3.1 miles deep. Small quakes have been detected in different parts of the state recently.

Census takers to go door-to-door

April 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Census takers are to start going door-to-door in an effort to count those who have not returned their census forms. The census takers will start knocking on doors on Saturday and continue through July. Sixty-seven percent of Arkansas households have returned their questionnaires compared to a national average of 72 percent. Saline County has the highest rate of return with 76 percent returning the census. The national population count is required every 10 years.