The Hunt Family to perform

September 1, 2010 The Hunt Family will kick off the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Performing Arts Series presented by First Community Bank at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1.The Hunt Family performs Celtic, bluegrass, inspirational and original music, offering a unique blend of diversity to each show. In addition to fiddling and step dancing, this family of nine also plays guitar, bass, keys, drums and mandolin.

Local music fest to aid in awareness

September 1, 2010 When 7-year-old Eli Reasons asked his mom if they could visit the Gulf Coast and help clean it up after the oil spill, Amy Reasons told her son they could not afford it.“He asked if all the waterways were connected. I told him that ‘yes, in one way or another, all waterways are connected,’” Reasons said.To raise awareness about the importance of keeping all waterways clean right here at home, Reasons said she and Eli will present the first annual Reasons Music Festival on Sept. 10 at Riverside Park in Batesville.

Al-Anon meetings change

September 1, 2010 Al-Anon meetings in Batesville have a new meeting place.Beginning Sept. 7, the organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Grammer House, 668 Water St.

Beginning Steps to meet

September 1, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Friday.It will be held in the conference room of the education/risk management office of the White River Medical Center’s Collier Annex Building. All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

Library board will meet

September 1, 2010 The Independence County Library Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday upstairs in the juvenile courtroom at Third and Main streets.The meeting is open to the public.

Salado fire ruled arson

September 1, 2010 The burning of a wooden cross in the yard of a Salado residence early Saturday morning has been ruled as an act of arson, local authorities say.Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar said a passing motorist saw a glow coming from a satellite dish in the yard of a residence on Church Drive around 1 a.m. and when they turned around to get a closer look, discovered it was a wooden cross on fire and called the sheriff’s department.

Optimists announce meeting

September 1, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin to plan programs for the upcoming year.All members are encouraged to attend and anyone wishing to learn more about what Optimist Club does to bring out the Best in Kids is welcome to attend as well.

Air Evac victims identified

September 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The three people killed in Tuesday’s helicopter ambulance crash have been identified.Air Evac spokeswoman Julie Heavrin said pilot Kenneth Robertson, flight nurse Kenneth Meyer Jr. and flight paramedic Gayla Gregory were killed in the crash. The crew was trying to reach a person injured in a traffic accident.Air Evac Lifeteam and the Federal Aviation Administration said the Bell 206 helicopter went down near the Scotland community in Van Buren County around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Fred’s closes its doors Oct. 1

September 1, 2010 After 20 some-odd years in business, the Batesville Fred’s discount store is closing its doors the first of October.Fred’s spent many years at the intersection of Boswell and Harrison streets across from Abe’s Glass and Locksmith before moving to its current location at 3209 Harrison St. a few years ago.

Bridge gets final work

September 1, 2010 The Highway 167 bridge near Hawgs Exxon north of Batesville will be getting its final surfacing work, so drivers are urged to use caution and should expect delays over the next few days.“We will put the final surface on bridge ends tomorrow and that will last Thursday and Friday — we’ll be off for the holiday since that is a state holiday — and finish up on Tuesday,” said Mark Lamberth with Atlas Asphalt, one of the subcontractors for the job.