Free flu clinic set for Friday

October 26, 2010 The mass flu clinic in Independence County won’t be a drive-through this year as in years past, but the vaccine is still free.The event will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the county health department in Moorefield.The flu clinic will be walk-in this year, meaning attendees will be going inside the office to get their shots. However, “if people cannot get out of their car, they can send someone in and we will have a nurse come out to them,” said Sonia Nix, administrator at the health unit.

Travel program to honor Tebbetts

October 26, 2010 On a warm and sunny fall day, with leaves showering down on the gathering in Couch Garden, Lyon College held its Founders’ Day Convocation on Saturday, marking the 138th anniversary of the founding of the college.In his introduction, Lyon President Dr. Donald Weatherman had a surprise for the keynote speaker, Dr. Terrell Tebbetts, the Martha Heasley Cox Chair in American Literature. Dr. Weatherman announced the creation of the Terrell Tebbetts Endowment for Domestic Student Travel to commemorate Tebbetts’ 40th anniversary as a Lyon faculty member.

Family honored at Lyon Gala event

October 26, 2010 Lyon College said “thank you” to Dr. and Mrs. Frank Lyon, Jr., and their family at a “Lyonhearted Gala” Friday night in Becknell Center.The Lyon family was honored for its longtime support of the college over two generations. The college, founded as Arkansas College in 1872, was renamed Lyon College in 1994 in honor of Dr. Lyon’s parents, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Lyon Sr.Raymond LaCroix Jr., chairman of the Lyon Board of Trustees, announced that the board had met the day before and approved a resolution naming Dr. Lyon chair emeritus and an honorary trustee.

Medicare enrollment fairs to start Nov. 16

October 26, 2010 Medicare beneficiaries will have an opportunity to sign up for a Medicare prescription drug plan from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31, the open enrollment period for all beneficiaries. There are more than 50 Medicare prescription drug plans available in Arkansas for 2010-11.

Dutch oven class offered

October 26, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Due to the popular demand, Jacksonport State Park will host a third Dutch Oven Workshop from 9:30 am to noon Saturday in the picnic area. Park interpreters will discuss methods on how to use and maintain a Dutch oven while cooking chicken and dumplings, buttermilk biscuits and for dessert peach cobbler.

Retired teachers to meet

October 26, 2010 SALEM — The Arkansas Retired Teachers Association will hold an informal meeting for all retired former school personnel living in Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Salem Elementary School cafeteria.The purpose of the meeting will be to share information of importance to all school retirees and will include information from Steve Singleton, executive director of ARTA; Sharon Johnson, activities director of ARTA; Matt Hughes, ARTA benefits consultant; and Michael Ray, director of member services of the Arkansas teacher retirement system.

EH members attend rally

October 26, 2010 Five members of the Independence County Extension Homemakers Council recently attended a rally of the Ozark District of Arkansas Extension Homemakers at Clarksville.They were accompanied by their adviser, Stephanie Schindler, county Extension agent for family and consumer sciences with Independence County Cooperative Extension Service.The theme of the rally was “Are You Legal?” Some topics addressed included the use of proper parliamentary procedure in meetings, filing timely tax returns and how to correct the name of an organization for its employer identification number.

Free chili supper planned

October 26, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Emmanuel Baptist Church at 1915 Batesville Blvd. will host a free chili supper from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The event is open to the public and there will be free Halloween candy for the children. Contributions are welcomed but not mandatory, said Joe Anderson with the church.The church is located across from the Southside School District.

Radio club to meet

October 26, 2010 The Batesville Area Radio Club will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room at First Community Bank, located at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets in Batesville.The meeting is open to anyone interested in ham radio.For more information visit

Fit For Fun slated for Saturday

October 26, 2010 A free Fit For Fun healthy eating and active living expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Free school bus shuttles from magnet schools will be available on the hour and half hour. Patrons are encouraged to wear a costume and healthy treats will be given away.Other activities include free lunch for the first 200 people, a drawing for a WiiFit game system, door prizes, games, free health screenings, dancing as well as Zumba, martial arts and Tai Chi lessons and demonstrations.