Pageant date changed

April 22, 2010 The Sparkle Beauty Pageant scheduled for this Friday has been postponed to 7 p.m. May 14.Entry forms may be picked up at Batesville High School, Batesville Junior High School or A Formal Affair.   For more information, call Tammy Gillmore at BHS at (870) 793-6846.

Cemeteries to get cleaned

April 22, 2010 Two area cemeteries have planned cleaning days for Saturday, according to news releases.

Happenstance to perform

April 22, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Conway-based touring group Happenstance will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.

Westport Casuals sets reunion

April 22, 2010 A reunion for former Westport Casuals employees will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with a Dutch treat lunch at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.For more information call Thurman Richardson at (870) 251-2208, Joy Marlin at (870) 283-5706 or Annie Holland at (870) 799-8516. All former employees are encouraged to attend, Richardson said.

Farm Bureau recognizes agents

April 22, 2010 Several Batesville agents were recognized at the Farm Bureau Statewide Agents and Agency Managers meeting March 10 in Little Rock, according to a news release.Kirk Miller was presented with the “Grand Slam” award, with his choice of a leather jacket, for winning four major contests.Keith Davis was presented with the “Master Agent,” and the “Grand Slam” awards. He also had an additional diamond added to his “Million Dollar Ring” for his outstanding life production in 2009.

Church plans Family Day, offers child care

April 22, 2010 The Batesville First Assembly church will host a “Family Day for Single Parents” beginning at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday. Activities will include a pizza dinner and bowling at Hollywood Bowl in Batesville. The event is free.Participants can sign up at the church or call (870) 793-5489.First Assembly is also offering free child care the second Thursday of every month for parents. “We will provide activities and supper for your children from 6:30-8:30 p.m., so you can date your mate or take a break, at no cost to you,” a news release states.

School board calls special meeting

April 22, 2010 The Batesville School Board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 tonight to interview its final candidate for Batesville schools superintendent.Mark Porter, retired Missouri schools superintendent who currently serves as an education consultant for Kansas and Florida, will be interviewed. Finalists Randy Willison, superintendent of the Prairie Grove School District, and Malvern schools superintendent Brian Golden were interviewed April 15 and Tuesday, respectively.

Barren Fork to celebrate 150 years

April 22, 2010 Mount Pleasant — Barren Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant is celebrating its 150th year of worship at its homecoming, set for May 2 at the church. “The church has touched many lives during its existence and the public is invited to come join in this celebration,” according to Kevin McMahan, one of the volunteers.

Local man to walk across U.S.

April 22, 2010 SULPHUR ROCK — A Sulphur Rock man has made a bet to walk 4,000 miles across the United States for a beer, according to a news release. The trek, in which Woody Brown will chronicle via his website,, is scheduled to begin May 1 at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.The challenge began when Brown, who was visiting home from Korea, was heard saying, “I have so much freedom now that if I wanted to, I could walk across the country,” to which a friend replied, “I’ll bet you a beer that you won’t do it,’” the release states.

Deputies graduate

April 22, 2010 Benjamin R. Keener and Jason Edington of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office are two of 43 officers who successfully completed Basic Police Training recently at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas.The 13-week, 620-hour course included instruction in standard police tactics, firearms, legal, educational, technical skills, and practical exercises.