NADC board to hold orientation

March 11, 2010 The Northcentral Arkansas Development Council board of directors will have its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Italian Grill in Batesville.The agenda for the meeting is: board orientation for new members; election of officers and selection of standing committees; approval of minutes of December meeting; review of agency audit; Community Services Block Grant quarterly report; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Community Services Block Grant quarterly report; monitoring report; and new business.

Photo fundraiser planned

March 11, 2010 Melbourne — The Parent Advisory Board of the Ozarka Kids Academy (OKA) is hosting a fundraiser with Antiquities Unique Portraits on March 19 and 20 in the lobby of the John E. Miller Building at Ozarka College in Melbourne. The OKA Parent Advisory Board will be selling coupons for $10. Each coupon entitles the customer to a 10x13 sepia portrait offered by professional staff and trained photographers. After purchasing a coupon, each customer will be called for a sitting appointment prior to photography date. These portraits are guaranteed in time for Easter.

Gourmet dinner planned

March 11, 2010 Melbourne — The Ozarka College The Culinary Arts Department will host another gourmet dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. March 18. This dinner will be by reservation only. Students are in the process of planning a menu for the event and guests will order a la carte from the menu. For more information or to secure a reservation for the dinner, call the Culinary Arts department at (870) 368-2062 or 368-2061. There will be another gourmet dinner on April 22.

Moms of Military to meet

March 11, 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. For information call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.

Church to sponsor breakfast

March 11, 2010 Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church, located at 4000 Harrison St. in Batesville, will have its annual Master’s Men Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.The meal will include all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage. Dine-in and carry-out meals will be available.The cost is $4 per person.For more information call the church office at (870) 698-1622.

Movie to be screened

March 11, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.The Hallmark Entertainment movie “The Ransom of Red Chief” will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting. Based on the classic story by O. Henry, the movie stars Christopher Lloyd and Haley Joel Osment, featuring two hoboes who strike on a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap the overly-energetic 9-year-old son of a local banker.

Chamber seeks ambassadors

March 11, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber to discuss the chamber’s Goodwill Ambassador Program. “The mission of a Chamber Goodwill Ambassador is to provide a special welcome and hospitality to visitors of special functions and events in the Batesville area; to welcome new members to the chamber; and to represent the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce at ribbon cuttings, grand openings and special events,” according to a news release.

Pool reservations being accepted

March 11, 2010 The city of Batesville will book reservations for the city pools at Fitzhugh Park and Batesville Recreation Complex north of town beginning June 5.Rates are: for parties of 35 or fewer, $100 for two hours and $200 for four hours; for parties over 35, $120 for two hours and $240 for four hours.For more information call City Hall at (870) 698-2400.

Woman sought for taking children

March 11, 2010 Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Batesville woman whom they believe has illegally taken her two small children from the custody of the Department of Human Services.In a court affidavit filed this morning, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said that on March 5, Crystal (Duckett) Welch, 23, and her two infant children disappeared from a Batesville residence where Welch was allowed visitation by DHS.

UACCB teams with five other colleges

March 11, 2010 BEEBE — As the national focus on education continues to grow, so does the need for institutions of higher education to strengthen the voice for support and collaboration, according to a news release. The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and five other two-year colleges from across the northern region of Arkansas are forming the North Arkansas Two-Year College Consortium.