Fair may change districts

November 18, 2010 The Independence County Fair may be changing districts.James Mack Street, president of the Northcentral District Fair board, said the organization has received a request from Independence County to join that district. The Northcentral District currently consists of six counties: Cleburne, Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren.The move will have to be approved by the Legislature, which convenes in January. Street said he hoped it would be approved before the April spring show.

‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ site rebuilt

November 18, 2010 SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s state mental hospital gained attention as the filming site for a movie about psychiatric abuses — “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” — and as a place where real abuses have occurred.State officials are hoping to begin a new chapter today when they unveil part of a new hospital to replace most of the decrepit building that had toxic paint, asbestos and a leaky roof. Forty percent of it was unusable, left to rot and collect piles of pigeon droppings.

Tuckerman alumni to meet

November 18, 2010 TUCKERMAN — The Tuckerman High School Alumni Association banquet will be at 6 p.m. Saturday in the high school cafeteria.A social hour will begin at 5.Special guests will be all the former homecoming queens for the Tuckerman Bulldogs.Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door. Advance reservations are not required.Organized in 1931, this is believed to be the oldest active alumni association in the state, and it has met annually since it was organized.The event is open to all graduates and friends.

Church revival begins Sunday

November 18, 2010 SALADO — Salado Baptist Church will hold revival services beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday. A potluck will follow.Frank Shell of Batesville will be the evangelist. The revival will continue at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.Special music will be provided for each service. A nursery will be available for young children.The revival is open to the public.

Church youth win

November 18, 2010 BEEBE — On Friday night, Section 5A North of the Pentecostal Church of God held its Junior Talent Expo for youth ages 6-12 at Calvary Pentecostal Church of God in Beebe, according to a news release. Several from Peaceful Harbor Pentecostal Church of God in Batesville competed, and among the winners who will advance to the state level to be held in April are:• Jacob Briley, crafts;• Peaceful Harbor youth, human video;• Hannah Varner, vocal solo;• Jacob Phillips, instrumental solo.

Toddler wins crown

November 18, 2010 Gracie LeeAnn McNutt of Batesville, 3, was recently crowned at the Tiny Miss Arkansas Best Supreme pageant held in Bentonville Nov. 5-7. She also won various other awards.

Depot to feature international musician

November 18, 2010 Joel Mendez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic will be a featured entertainer at The Depot in Batesville  on Saturday.The show that will also feature the bands RoseFire and Kingsdown begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Mendez, who has released a CD, will also perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the New Testament Holiness Church, 590 W. Mark St. in Batesville.

The Weekend Events

November 18, 2010 Friday• Townsends of Arkansas benefit to provide Christmas gifts for foster children, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., S&S Liquidations in Batesville. Available for sale will be: 10-pound Southern-style tender fritters, $15; 10-pound fully cooked tenders, $15; 10-pound fully cooked Italian breaded filets, $15; 10-pound fully cooked four-ounce grilled breast, $20; and 20-pound individually quick-frozen breast pieces, $20. Also, a grilled chicken sandwich lunch fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal is $5 and will include a sandwich, chips and baked beans.

No banks want city’s CDs

November 18, 2010 DE QUEEN (AP) — The city of De Queen is having trouble finding a bank that wants its money.Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said his town has about $1.6 million worth of certificates of deposit that are nearing maturity.He says the city has about four CDs that mature each year and that De Queen has always found a bank willing to let the city reinvest the funds. But this time, none of the city’s five banks bid to keep the city’s CDs.

Group recommends tax hikes for roads

November 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A committee that spent two years studying how to pay for improvements to Arkansas roads recommended a series of proposals Wednesday, including tax increases that are expected to face serious opposition as lawmakers convene for their legislative session next year.The Arkansas Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance issued its recommendations Wednesday morning, though a final report must still be approved on Dec. 1. The committee — comprised of local leaders and state lawmakers — has spent the past two years studying ways to pay for Arkansas roads.