Cardboard boats to race at Heber

July 9, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The 24th Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Race will be July 31 beginning at 10 a.m. at Sandy Beach in Heber Springs. Registration begins at 8.Contestants of all ages will race their boats made entirely of cardboard over a 500-foot course. “Imagine That” is the theme this year. The Captain’s Award will be given to the most creative team and boat. Duct tape is allowed on the seams, and a one-part-glue solution can be used to help hold the boat together. (Boaters are asked to use environmentally friendly paints.)

New books at Independence County Library

July 9, 2010 “I’ll Mature When I’m Dead,” Dave Barry“The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama,” David Remnick“State Fair,” Earlene Fowler“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” Stieg Larsson“Bullet,” Laurell K. Hamilton“Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Objective,” Eric Lustbader“Predator,” Terri Blackstock“My Name is Memory,” Ann Brashares“The Lion,” Nelson DeMille“Insatiable,” Meg Cabot“Lowcountry Summer,” Dorothea Benton Frank“Promises to Keep,” Jane Green“Take Four,” Karen Kingsbury

Compassionate Friends to meet

July 9, 2010 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

Batesville student to participate in Harding Honor Choir

July 9, 2010 SEARCY — Meagan Poff of Batesville is one of more than 50 high school students from 16 different states participating in Harding University’s Honor Choir, a summer program for young performers wishing to develop their vocal skills while earning one hour of college credit, according to a news release.This year’s program runs July 18-23, finishing with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. July 23 in the Reynolds Recital Hall under the direction of Dr. Cliff Ganus.

Records to be destroyed

July 9, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — The Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative will destroy the records of students who transitioned, moved or left the special education program in 2004-05. Records will be destroyed on July 30.State and federal guidelines require that all special education due process forms and records be maintained for five years after a student leaves the program. After the time has elapsed, the records are destroyed as mandated by federal law.

‘Facts of Life’ star to speak at women’s conference

July 9, 2010 ASH FLAT — The “Rock This House” women’s conference will be Aug. 13-14 at the Ash Flat Church of Christ. Featured speaker is Lisa Whelchel, best known for her role as Blair on “The Facts of Life” from 1979 to 1988. After leaving the show, she married, had three children and became a stay-at-home mom. She is also the author of “The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me,” “Taking Care of The Me in Mommy” and “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Bible Study,” as well as a number of others.

CPR class offered

July 9, 2010 Vital Link ambulance service will offer a Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class from 6 to 10 p.m. July 29 in the Alan Davis Conference Center on EMS Drive in Batesville.A $25 fee covers the cost of textbook and CPR card.To register, call Vital Link at (870) 793-3351.

Concord City Council to discuss maintenance

July 9, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to hear monthly reports, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The aldermen will also discuss maintenance items and perhaps hear a report on the July 3 Fun Day.Current bills will also be reviewed.

Vacancies to be discussed at Sharp Quorum Court

July 9, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the courthouse in Ash Flat to consider filling vacancies on two boards, according to an agenda for the meeting.The vacancies are on the county library board and the South Sharp County Emergency Medical Services System.The JPs are also scheduled to look at a land and water use ordinance Newton County has adopted to see if Sharp County wants to do the same thing. The ordinance, according to proponents, is designed to protect property owners’ rights.

JPs to consider road bore, recreation tax proposal

July 9, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet 6 p.m. Monday in the second floor courtroom of the Independence County Library building.The first order of business will be reports from various department heads including sheriff, treasurer, hydroelectric, and juvenile detention.