January 7, 2011 The Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. next Thursday at Vital Link ambulance service, in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.

Alison Brown Quartet to perform at ASU

January 7, 2011 JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will feature the Alison Brown Quartet with special guest Joe Craven at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. All seating is reserved, and tickets may be purchased at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, or by calling (870) 972-ASU1 or by calling toll-free at 1-888-ASU-FANS. Tickets are also available online from the ASU Central Box Office ( and from Fowler Center (

Acrobats to perform Jan. 14; tickets still available

January 7, 2011 Tickets are still available for the Kenya Safari Acrobats’ performance scheduled for Jan.14, 2011 at 7 the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Hailing from the heart of Africa, the Kenya Safari Acrobats are an awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe that takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. The group members learned acrobatics as children on the beaches of Kenya as a means to break free from an impoverished country. Now they serve as artistic ambassadors for Kenya as they travel the globe, entertaining and inspiring audiences of all ages.

Bruner appointed to CHILDREN Advisory Council

January 7, 2011 Tim Bruner was recently appointed to the Advisory Council for CHILDREN of Northcentral Arkansas for a two-year term, according to Debbie Webb, director of the CHILDREN program.CHILDREN, which stands for Childcare Hub for Information, Learning, Development, Resource, Education and Networking, is a regional child care resource and referral service that helps parents locate child care in Fulton, Cleburne, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties, as well as providing training opportunities and other support services to child care facilities.

Politicians to be at Coon Supper

January 7, 2011 GILLETT (AP) — The politicians will be thick on the ground tonight in the Arkansas County town of Gillett.They’ll show up in the town of fewer than a thousand people to partake of the main item on the menu of the annual Gillett Coon Supper — namely, raccoon — and to be seen at an event that has become a tradition for participants in Arkansas politics. Proceeds from the Coon Supper are used to benefit community schools.The Coon Supper gets under way at 6 p.m. at the Gillett High School gymnasium.

Ex-Globetrotter can join House

January 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House voted on Thursday to allow a former Harlem Globetrotter to serve in the Legislature, despite questions about whether he lives in Mississippi and a felony theft charge that the state’s top attorney said could eventually make him ineligible for the seat.

Mass bird, fish deaths occur regularly

January 7, 2011 Editor’s note: This is an occasional look by the AP at assertions in the public debate and how well they adhere to the facts.WASHINGTON (AP) — First, the blackbirds fell out of the sky on New Year’s Eve in Arkansas. In recent days, wildlife have mysteriously died in big numbers: 2 million fish in the Chesapeake Bay, 150 tons of red tilapia in Vietnam, 40,000 crabs in Britain and other places across the world.Blogs connected the deadly dots, joking about the “aflockalypse” while others saw real signs of something sinister, either biblical or environmental.

Geocaching known as the electronic treasure hunt

January 7, 2011 If you want to wean your youngsters, and perhaps yourself, off the couch or lounger, here’s a neat way to get your gadget fix and some outdoor exercise too.It’s geocaching (pronounced “gee-o-cashing”).The idea behind geocaching is to find hidden caches using a handheld global positioning system (GPS). Sort of an electronic treasure hunt.

Searcy man pleads to murder

January 7, 2011 SEARCY (AP) — A Searcy man has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the shooting deaths of two people at his home.Mark Sullivan entered the plea Thursday in White County Circuit Court. He was charged in the Jan. 8, 2010, killings of 40-year-old Audra Evans and 41-year-old Robin Edward Berry.