Beginning Steps to meet Friday

February 4, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging, White River Medical Center, Conference Room A.   All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. Call (870) 793-0627 for information and directions.

Benefit for Danny Davidson set for Saturday

February 4, 2010 OIL TROUGH — A benefit for Danny Davidson, who is recovering from colon cancer, will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oil Trough gymnasium. Proceeds will help Davidson, 56, with medical expenses since having surgery to remove cancer found in his lymph nodes.Following a silent auction at 4:30, a pie and live auction will be held at 6. The Ole Front Porch Band will provide entertainment and area politicians running for office will be given the opportunity to speak. 

Vaden recording session in Blytheville produced hits

February 4, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the second article in a three-part series about Vaden Records performing artists in the 1950s and ’60s. Journalist Mark Randall is an Arkansas State University graduate student working toward his master’s degree in history.TRUMANN — KLCN in Blytheville was an AM station whose signal could be heard from sun-up to sundown.Arlen Vaden rented the studio in February 1959 after it went off the air that day for a recording session for Trumann-based Vaden Records, which he founded and owned.

Prayer shawl group to meet

February 4, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

Retired teachers to meet

February 4, 2010 The Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at noon Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. Vicki Presley from Arkansas Department of Health Hospice will speak on volunteer opportunities and the hospice program. All retired school employees are encouraged to attend, according to Sue Smith.

Ozarka taking LPN applications

February 4, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College is now accepting applications from those wanting to enroll for the 2010 fall classes of licensed practical nursing program in Ash Flat, Melbourne and Mountain View.  Students may apply until April 1 online at and completing an application for admission and selecting LPN as the program of study. The LPN program will be accepting applicants for the 18-month program at Melbourne, the 11-month programs at Ash Flat and Mountain View, as well as the new 11-month evening and weekend program at Melbourne.

Poet to read at Harding

February 4, 2010 SEARCY — The English Department at Harding University will host poet Andrea Hollander Budy for a reading of her works at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Cone Chapel on campus. It will be free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow the program.

Preschool accepting applications

February 4, 2010 Helping Hand Preschool is now accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year, which begins in August.Applications are available at 2610 E. Main St., Batesville. When registering a child, parents and guardians must present an original birth certificate, an up-to-date immunization record and proof of income.Enrollment is free only to those who meet age and family income guidelines. A child must be 3 by Aug. 1 and a have a gross family income not exceeding 200 percent. For example, a family of four cannot exceed $44,100 to qualify.

Rabid dog reported in Imboden

February 4, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A family’s pet dog, living in the community of Imboden in Lawrence County, has been confirmed rabid by the Arkansas Department of Health this week.

City offers $500 reward

February 4, 2010 SULPHUR ROCK — The city of Sulphur Rock is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the shooting of a glass door at city hall between Jan. 27 and 29, according to a press release from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.According to a report filed by Deputy Shawn Stephens, there were 28 holes shot in the safety glass window of the door, with a larger hole where a CO2 pellet gun type cartridge was thrown through the glass.