Harding announces lecture series line-up

August 26, 2010 SEARCY — The American Studies Institute 2010-11 Distinguished Lecture Series will kick off Sept. 7 at Harding University and includes a dynamic line-up of speakers, according to a news release. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in Benson Auditorium:• Sept. 7 — Gen. Richard Myers (retired).

Regional jail concept eyed

August 26, 2010 ASH FLAT — The concept of a regional jail was discussed by representatives from six counties Wednesday in Walnut Ridge, Sharp County Judge Larry Brown said.He and Sheriff Dale Weaver represented Sharp County.A regional jail, if built, would hold overflow prisoners from each of the counties. Clay, Jackson, Randolph, Green, Lawrence and Sharp counties were represented at the meeting.Such a jail would not eliminate the need for existing jails, Weaver said.“You’ve still got to maintain your local jail,” he said.

Trial date to be moved

August 26, 2010 ASH FLAT — A new date will be set for a civil trial resulting from the death of a Sharp County jail inmate.The trial was originally set for early to mid-November.County Judge Larry Brown said he received a letter Wednesday from the United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, stating that the judge assigned to the case has a conflict with the November date. A new date for the federal trial will be announced later.

Ozarka Culinary Arts students offer gourmet dinners

August 26, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department will host its popular Gourmet Dinners during this semester with the first event scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 16. The advanced Culinary Arts students will lead this dining experience from planning to execution, according to a news release. They are in the process of planning the menu for the event and guests will order a la carte. Two more gourmet night events are planned for Oct. 7 and Nov. 11. Reservations can be made in advance for those dinners.

Preschools schedule open house

August 26, 2010 NEWARK — Preschools at the Cedar Ridge District will each hold open houses and orientations Monday and Tuesday. Open house and orientation for parents at Oil Trough Preschool will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, preschool director Lori Goings said. Cord-Charlotte Preschool will hold its open house and orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Benefit account established

August 26, 2010 NEWARK — A benefit account has been established for the family of Bobby Ruddell of Newark who has been battling melanoma cancer.The “Bobby Ruddell Fund” is at Merchants and Planters Bank and donations can be made at any branch.

Reception to welcome Dews

August 26, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a reception welcoming the new president and CEO of Citizens Bank, John F. Dews, and his wife Beverly, to the community from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber of commerce located at 409 Vine St. The event is open to the public. Dews, formerly the chairman and CEO of Simmons First Bank of El Dorado with more than 25 years of banking experience, joined Citizens on Aug. 1. Dews was active on many boards and in several organizations in El Dorado.

‘Road to Kindergarten’ scheduled for Tuesday night

August 26, 2010 The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center will hold a “Road to Kindergarten” meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.As the new school year begins, parents and teachers of preschoolers have much to think about. Research in recent years has highlighted the importance of early education, and we all want the best for the children we care about,” Parents As Teachers coordinator Lorrie McClure said.The goal of this meeting is to make the most of this important year before kindergarten. Each child will receive a kindergarten readiness backpack filled with free activities,” she said.

Tunnel, smoke testing progress

August 26, 2010 Work on the tunnel leading to the wastewater treatment plant has slowed now that crews have hit rock, but with blasting they are able to make 5-6 feet a day usually, Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson told the Batesville City Council Tuesday night.The project only lacks about 150 feet from having the tunnel shaft complete, he said, and when that’s done they will begin installing the carrier pipe.

CPR class offered

August 25, 2010 Vital Link ambulance service will conduct the health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee is $40.To register, call (870) 793-3351.