Rockhounds to talk July 1

June 18, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — “Rockhounding Arizona” will be the program presented by Bill and Norma Orr at the Spring River Gem & Mineral Club from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 1 at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, said Paul Grindol, president.Bill Orr said he has been rockhounding “from the time I was old enough to pick up a rock.”He lived in Arizona after his military service because, he said, “There’s enough rock in Arizona to keep you busy for three lifetimes.”Norma Orr has been rockhounding since she met Bill.

Moms of Military to meet

June 18, 2010 The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church.The meeting is open to all women with family serving in any branch of the military.The group meets the third Monday evening of each month to share experiences, military information and ideas, and to support one another. Child care will be available. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.For information call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918.

Church to hold VBS

June 18, 2010 Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church will have its vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.The theme is “Camp Solid Rock — Setting Life on a Firm Foundation,” from Matthew 7:24-25.The church is located at 992 Oak St. in Batesville.The pastor of the church is the Rev. Lewis Justice, and associate minister is the Rev. Leon Hamilton.Madene White is superintendent, and Willie Strong is assistant director of the VBS.

Students awarded UACCB scholarships

June 18, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to seven graduates of Highland High School, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid:• Donald Isaac French of Hardy is the son of Mike French and DeAnn Arnhart. He plans to seek an engineering degree. • Jessica M. James of Hardy is the daughter of Gary and Melissa James. She plans to seek an associate of arts degree. • Aaron M. Kahn of Ash Flat is the son of Rickie and Kim Kahn. He plans to seek an associate’s degree.

Got talent? Auditions set for July

June 18, 2010 The White River’s Got Talent competition will kick off the 67th Annual White River Water Carnival on Aug. 6 with a night of free family entertainment.Last year’s talent auditions yielded 60 contestants from across the state. This year promises to create even more excitement with the addition of a youth division, according to a news release.

Military funeral honors ‘training’ conducted at Camp Robinson

June 18, 2010 In utter silence, six soldiers work in tandem to fold the American flag. It’s poetry in motion to see the precision in which they quickly fold the red, white and blue symbol of a nation 13 times before it takes on its final triangular shape. Upon the final fold, the flag is handed to one of the steely-eyed soldiers for some final caressing.

Expect delays – Drivers may want to use alternate route

June 18, 2010 Those planning to travel on Harrison Street over the next two weeks may want to find some alternate routes. Otherwise, they can expect delays.Work on the Harrison Street widening project should be finished by the July 4 holiday, Mark Lamberth with Atlas Asphalt said this morning, but there is a lot of work to be done still.“We hope that we’re going to start the final lift of asphalt (Wednesday) ... and that will be the end of all the asphalt,” he said, explaining that crews have to do a number of things in preparation for the asphalt, however.

Couple planned new chapter

June 18, 2010 Mallory Yauch had all her bags packed. She was excited about the prospect of meeting up with her husband in a few weeks so they could start on the next chapter of their lives.Last week, those plans changed after she learned her husband, 23-year-old Spc. Chris Yauch, was killed while on active duty in Iraq.Those bags are still packed and her future is now uncertain. ———Mallory Rhodes was spray painting her name on the Baja when she met the man she was going to marry.

Weekend Events: What’s happening this weekend in the Batesville area:

June 17, 2010 Friday• Isle of Capri Late Models Series Racing, 8 p.m., Batesville Motor Speedway.• St. Louis Irish Arts youth dance group, 7 p.m., Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 6-12. Call (870) 269-3851 or visit• Bonnie Sweet and friends in concert, 7-9 p.m., Words and AfterWords in Hardy. Reservations strongly suggested. Call (870) 856-5579 or e-mail

NCARED board learns about SCORE

June 17, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development Corporation could be teaming up with a volunteer organization called SCORE.The NCARED board met recently in Mountain Home and heard from Michelle Muncie, a counselor with SCORE, which was initially known as the Service Core of Retired Executives when started in 1964.