Nelson Family will sing

September 15, 2010 The Nelson Family of Clinton will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, located at 3655 Bethesda Road.A potluck will begin at 6.Donations will be taken. The event is open to the public.

Izard County Retired Teachers slate meeting for Monday

September 15, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Retired Teachers and School Employees Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Melbourne High School for a steak lunch. Superintendent Gerald Cooper will provide a tour of the school and Steve Singleton, executive director of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, will be guest speaker. The group meets the third Monday of odd months during the school year. All retired school personnel/teachers are encouraged to participate in this organization.

Grace Country Church to hold first service

September 15, 2010 SIDNEY — Grace Country Church will hold its first official service at the Sidney Community Center on Sunday. The Southern Baptist Church is non-traditional in format, relating back to the local country and Western heritage. “Everyone is invited to attend and dress is casual — in blue jeans, boots and hats,” according to a news release.“Unlike conventional church schedules, the Grace Country Church holds one congregational meeting beginning at 10 a.m. Song service begins at 10 and includes banjo and guitar music.”

Phillips reunion planned

September 15, 2010 CONCORD — The annual reunion for the descendants of Marshall and Maryjane Phillips will be Saturday at the Concord Baptist Church, located across from the Concord school.The reunion will begin at 10 a.m. with potluck at noon.

ICARE Cruisin’ for Critters Poker Run to be Saturday

September 15, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Animal Rescue Effort will hold its Cruisin’ for Critters Poker Run Saturday.Sign-up is at the Corner Drug Store parking lot in Melbourne between 8 and 8:30 a.m. The prize for the first hand is $10, which includes a catered meal by Pit Stop and $5 for each additional hand.The best hand will get $200 cash. There will be a prize for “Best of Show” and drawings for door prizes. T-shirts to commemorate the event will be available.

Church announces event

September 15, 2010 CONCORD — Doc and Connie Spurlin and Rusty the puppet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, located on Highway 87 South in Concord.

WRAAA announces new staff

September 15, 2010 Robert S. Leistra Jr. has joined the staff of the White River Area Agency on Aging as housing maintenance. Leistra has 26 years experience in all aspects of maintenance. He is a retired military veteran of Desert Storm. He and his wife, Kay, have four children. They live in Beebe where they attend Victory Worship Center. Leistra will work closely with Housing Director Myrl Ann Willets in maintaining 12 HUD subsidized housing complexes in the WRAAA service area for persons 62 years of age and older. 

Sisk named ‘STAR’

September 15, 2010 BROCKWELL — Connie Sisk, a teacher at Izard County Consolidated High School, has been recognized as a STAR Discovery Educator by the Discovery Education Network.Sisk earned STAR status by volunteering her own time to share insight and expertise in the use of educational technology in the classroom with peers, according to a news release. This was accomplished through training, workshops and presentations about how to integrate digital media and the lastest technology into classroom instruction.

Ozarka awarded TRiO funding

September 15, 2010 MELBOURNE —  Ozarka College at Melbourne  and its current TRiO Student Support Services program has received federal grant funding for an additional five years.  Through this federally funded grant program, Ozarka College offers services for many of its students. TRiO Student Support Services provides academic, financial and personal support to eligible students at Ozarka College to assist them with their educational endeavors, a news release states. 

Superintendent discusses election, millage

September 15, 2010 It happens every September — the annual school election. Usually, it’s a simple matter of re-approving the school district’s millage rate and filling a few vacant school board seats. This year’s election in Batesville is a little bit different, because taxpayers have the opportunity to help the district with a major expansion and upgrade of Batesville High School at no cost to them. In fact, some taxpayers could even reduce their property taxes.