Church to host tea party

April 27, 2010 A women’s tea party will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Batesville First Assembly Family Life Center, located at 20th and Lyon streets. Guest speaker will be Karla Weis. She and her husband of 33 years have served as youth pastors, church planters, missionaries and directors of the Central American missionary body of the Assemblies of God. They are currently serving as missionaries-in-residence at Central Bible College. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For more information call (870) 793-5489.

Free smoke detectors, fire extinguishers offered

April 27, 2010 The Batesville Fire Depart-ment is offering free smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and will install them at no charge. This service is only available to residents in the city limits. The fire department received a $2,500 grant from State Farm to buy 516 smoke detectors including batteries then bought the fire extinguishers through federal surplus.

Charlotte EHC

April 27, 2010 Charlotte — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met April 14 at Pat Mason’s home, all members where present. The meeting started with the history of the Arkansas flag what each star stand for and why they are place in their order. Next was a program about food safety and health, before and after storms. Club members then made crafts that will be made at the nursing home as a Mother’s Day gift. The next Charlotte EHC meeting will be May 5 at O.V. Henley’s home.

Cave City EHC

April 27, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met April 19 at the Cave City Community Center. Vice President Frances Ball called the meeting to order and the group sang “April Showers.” Jan Stitcher read the “Words To Live By.” The minutes and treasurer’s report were presented and approved. Roll call was “Can you balance your checkbook?” Six members and one guest were present.

Doughnuts are new cigarettes

April 27, 2010 Is fast food the new smoking? If you’re under thirty-five, you probably don’t remember the days when people used to smoke in meetings. The image of bunch of executives puffing away in a conference room probably seems like something out of an old movie. Your eyes start to water at the mere thought of it. But it used to happen every day.

March of Dimes raises more than $44K

April 27, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Even the heaviest of rains couldn’t keep more than 275 walkers away from raising money and awareness to help fight prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality at the annual March For Babies walk Saturday at the Southside High School walking track. More than $44,000 has been raised for the March of Dimes of Independence County and that number will likely increase as more money comes in, March of Dimes Community Director Sherry Lamb said this morning.

Relay for Life is Friday

April 27, 2010 Independence County’s annual Relay For Life will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Riverside Park in Batesville with an opening ceremony, survivor and caregiver lap and team parade. Events during the 12-hour event, which are subject to change, will include a beauty pageant for men at 6:30, music by The Anointed Ones at 8, a luminaria ceremony at 9, line dancing at midnight, pancake breakfast at 2 and scavenger hunt at 3 on Saturday morning. The relay will conclude at 6 with a sunrise closing ceremony.

Batesville filings open

April 27, 2010 Candidates planning a bid for office within the city of Batesville may start filing for their position at noon Wednesday, according to local officials. The opportunity to file for a candidacy ends at noon May 17, one day before the primary election.

Lincoln turns down debate

April 27, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is turning down a chance to debate her chief rival for the Democratic nomination on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Lincoln’s campaign said Monday that she won’t accept the national news show’s invitation to debate Lt. Gov. Bill Halter on May 9. Halter has accepted the show’s invitation. Lincoln’s campaign said that she didn’t want to interrupt her plans to be in Arkansas with her family on Mother’s Day to appear on the Sunday news show.

AgHeritage slates open house

April 27, 2010 On Thursday, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services will be firing up the grill for the annual Customer Appreciation Open House in Batesville, according to a news release. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Batesville office, 255 E. College St. Hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken will be served. “The relationships we share with our customer-owners are important to us and we look forward each year to the honor of hosting them at this event,” said Junior Beshears, branch manager.