Time change for bands

June 25, 2010 The starting time for the Battle of the Bands scheduled for today will begin at 6 p.m. at Riverside Park in Batesville.The winner will open for musician Danny Baty during the White River Water Carnival on Aug. 7.

String Fling day camp offered

June 25, 2010 The Batesville Symphony League will be sponsoring the fourth annual summer string camp, String Fling.The camp will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 5-9 on the campus of Lyon College and is open to students of all string levels.Students will participate in group instruction, small group instruction, theory, games, recreation time, and improvisation time. Basic musician skills will be developed as well as ensemble playing skills. Students will present a concert at the end of the week to showcase their week’s work.

Building program tops agenda

June 25, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will get an update on the district’s building program from Superintendent Mike Davidson when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the elementary media center.The directors will also consider advertising for a general contractor/construction manager for the cafeteria expansion project, discuss selecting the roof color for the high school project and consider approving an amended salary schedule.The board will also hear requests to approve School Choice applicants and to establish a Ball Field Committee.

Officials report heat death

June 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says it has recorded the first heat-related death of 2010.The agency said Thursday that because of patient confidentiality issues, it could not release information about the victim.According to the National Weather Service, temperatures across the state have been well above average, ranging from the mid-90s to low 100s for the past few days.Officials says there were seven heat-related deaths in Arkansas last year.

Ozarka foundation hosting music fundraising event

June 25, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College Foundation board will host a music program at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View at 2 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the ticket sales for this event will benefit the Mountain View Building Expansion Campaign.The musical line-up includes: The Larry Nelson Family, Ozark Rhythm Cloggers, Sylamore Crossing, the Cobb Brothers, and the trio of Danny Dozier, John Parks and Pam Setser.

Open market is Saturday

June 25, 2010 Main Street Batesville will hold its first “open market” downtown Saturday, and so far, it has commitments from six vendors, executive director Paula Grimes said. The open market will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the pocket park, 315 E. Main.

Letters Home: Dust Bowl accounts come alive for niece

June 25, 2010 During the Depression, Pearl Taylor and her family moved from Arkansas to Oklahoma, where they would witness one of the country’s greatest natural disasters, the Dust Bowl. At the end of many of her letters home she would write, “Pray for rain.”That rain finally did come, but it was too much, too fast — Taylor and her daughter ironically died in a flash flood.

Fair introduces new ride, honors Yauch

June 25, 2010 A new ride will debut at the Independence County Fair on July 20, fair board member Pam Lloyd said.The fair runs through July 24.The new attraction, The Nemesis 360, was purchased by PBJ Happee Day Shows, which will once again provide the carnival at the fair.“We are having a lot of success with this ride. It is the most thrilling ride of our show,” said PBJ’s Pam Casper. “People have commented to me that this ride has been more fun and exciting than those they have ridden at Universal Studios.”

Man dodges Taser first time, succumbs to three direct hits

June 25, 2010 Christopher Armstrong wasn’t going down so easily after banging on the front door of a neighbor, who then called police Thursday morning.  Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he responded to a call for police help around 11 a.m. to the home of Lee Moser at 1743 Davis Lane where Armstrong was reportedly drunk and causing problems.Moser told police that her next-door neighbor, 44-year-old Armstrong, was beating on her front door and the front of her trailer.

Ozark Heritage Bank awards scholarships to three

June 24, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozark Heritage Bank recently awarded  scholarships to three area students — Hayden Adams of Mountain View, Laken Powell of Timbo and Kati McKnight of Rural Special, said loan officer Darryl Sullivan, who presented the scholarships.Each scholarship is worth $500 and is awarded to applicants with the highest academic, athletic and school participation scores, he said.