Mickey Gilley to headline

January 26, 2011 Those wanting to hear country star Mickey Gilley sing his hits like “City Lights” and “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time” still have an opportunity to do so when he appears in Batesville on Feb. 11.Gilley will take the stage at Josie’s at the Lockhouse for a 90-minute concert after opening act Vicki McGee takes the stage at 8 p.m., according to owner Steve Carpenter.Carpenter said only 200 tickets are available for the event, at $125 each.

Batesville judge’s son pens novel about quest

January 26, 2011 The son of a former Batesville judge has written a novel that “explores the adventure of a quest for purpose,” according to a news releaseThe son of Judge P.S. Cunningham J.P. Cunningham tells the story of an extraordinary family in “Somerset.”Set initially in northeastern Arkansas, it builds upon the loss of a husband and father to suicide and the effect this has on his wife Emily and daughter Amanda. Judge Emily Somerset has raised a family, practiced law, and has served for years as a judge.

SCV to host banquet

January 26, 2011 The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Job S. Neill Camp of Batesville will host a Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The event will be in celebration of Lee’s birthday, which is Jan. 19, and Jackson’s birthday, which is Jan. 21.Michael Loum of Little Rock will be the speaker.This year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, also known in some circles as the “War for Southern Independence.”

Civil War play continues

January 26, 2011 Batesville Community Theatre and the Independence County Historical Society will continue its “War Chronicles I: Independence County’s Civil War,” a readers’ theater production associated with the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial.Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall.

Old State House announces contest

January 26, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Old State House announced the second year of its competition designed for students and adults interested in a creative way to explore Arkansas history: Digital Shorts. The podcast contest is an opportunity to enter “short, non-fiction podcasts” in either audio or audio/visual formats. The entries must be related to Arkansas history between 1836 and the present.

Habitat to hold banquet

January 26, 2011 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will present the third annual “Home is Where the Heart Is” banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 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.

Divorce support group to meet

January 26, 2011 The Family Connections Ministry of Batesville First Assembly of God is hosting a seven-week Divorce Support Group for adults on Mondays starting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. Meetings will be held in the Family Connections Room at Batesville First Assembly of God. The group is free, but the book is $8. To register, call (870) 793-5489.

Free Lamaze class offered

January 26, 2011 ASH FLAT — New Beginnings Pregnancy Help Center in Ash Flat is offering a free Lamaze class on Feb. 19. The class space is limited. Interested persons should register at New Beginnings and pay a $10 returnable registration fee by Feb. 16. The registration fee will be returned after the attendance of the class. New Beginnings is located at 23 Main St. Office hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information call Lynne Barber at (870) 994-5433.

Feds holding two

January 26, 2011 Two cadaver dogs were out at the scene of a drug bust for several hours Tuesday but no bodies were found, Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery said.However, three people were taken into custody at 45 Chow Lane, north of Batesville. Arrested were Daniel Willis, 47, and Wanda Mae Moody, 40, both of that address, and Michael Myer, 54, of Cave City. Myer was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, after officers reportedly found him sleeping in a van with a small heater hooked up via extension cord.

Watercolor workshop offered

January 25, 2011 The Batesville Area Arts Council will be offering a one-day “Watercolor on Canvas” workshop by Diane Ziemski from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at the BAAC Art Gallery, 246 E. Main St.“We have a few of her art pieces in the gallery now,” said BAAC executive director Colleen Jackson. For more information or to register for the class, call (870) 793-3382.