Lee to compete in pageant

April 21, 2010 Rachel Lee was recently selected to represent Batesville in the 2010 Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant, according to spokesperson and pageant director, Lynn DeJarnette. Rachel is married to David Lee, and has three children Alissa, Stephen and Phillip. Her platform is Luke 4:18 Lives ministry for women. The phases of competition are interview, swimsuit and evening gown. The winner will represent Arkansas at the 2010 Mrs. America Pageant. The state pageant will be at 7 p.m. June 5 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Garden will help ‘growing’ community

April 21, 2010 The White River Community Garden at 1880 Myers St., across the street from Row Lake, in Batesville is now open. With four 4-by-10-foot raised garden beds and eight 10-by-10-foot beds, Independence County residents can rent the plots for a year, in which they will be able to grow, care for and maintain their own vegetables and plants for personal consumption. The fee will help cover water costs.

‘Picasso’s Play Date’ set for Thursday

April 21, 2010 Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe will be the special guest during “Picasso’s Play Date” at the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center cafeteria at 6 p.m. Thursday. “Bring your child and create masterpieces at our many creation stations and art tables,” Lorrie McClure with the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. “View local artwork on loan from area children. Join us for this awesome art adventure and once-in-a-lifetime event for your child.” The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center is located 1900 Lyon St. The event is free.

Voting machines to be tested

April 21, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet Monday at the Independence County Courthouse.The purpose of the meeting will be to Logic and Accuracy Test all election machines and election media to be used in the May 18 primary. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and conclude when all election machines are tested. The meeting is open to the public.For more information, contact any of the election commissioners.

Leon Russell to perform

April 21, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Leon Russell will perform May 1 at Cherokee Village’s Omaha Center (capacity 500), according to a news release from Batesville Promotions. Doors open at 6 p.m., Gerry Moss will perform at 7 and 1970s rock/pop icon Russell at 8.

1930s Delta life to be highlighted

April 21, 2010 The Sharp County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the community room of First National Banking Company in Ash Flat to hear about the Widner-Magers Historic Farm District at Dell, said Ina Gill, publicist.Dell is southwest of Blytheville, in Mississippi County.

SWAT — ‘Real life’ training

April 21, 2010 It might be the dead of night, and they’re in the middle of a short but sound sleep, when an emergency call comes in. There’s no time for hesitation for a SWAT team officer — even one in training.That’s the scene faced by more than two dozen officers from various departments around the state at the SWAT training school, held by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office at Camp Tahkodah this week.

Students become world travelers

April 21, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Not many people can say they’ve been blessed by the Pope. But Kayla McBride, Tyler Durham, Shanda Mangold, Katelyn Hammock and Hunter Durham can. The five Hillcrest High School students and Katelyn’s mom, Kim Hammock, can also add “world travelers” to their résumés, having recently returned from a 12-day European trip that included visits to Spain, Italy and France.

Cave City gets bids on dirt work at football complex Other business includes school calendar, salaries, student achievements

April 20, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board agreed Friday to accept a $344,400 bid from Geurin Contractors Inc. for dirt work for a new football complex, Superintendent Steven Green said.The bid was accepted on condition providing the firm follows all necessary procedures required by the state in bonding along with a written assurance of having an active contractor’s license, Green said.

Springfest planned in Heber Springs

April 20, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Springfest this weekend. The celebration features a “Got Spring?” theme this year and begins with the Art/Photography Walk and “Taste of Heber” beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Heber Springs.The walk will be held in various downtown businesses, and participants should be sure to ask a participating business for a Program Card, then have their card punched at each location to be eligible for door prizes to be drawn on the courthouse steps at the conclusion of the evening.