Sidney event is Saturday

March 17, 2010 SIDNEY — Music, rope tricks, antique tractors and Irish stew are just some of the activities to be part of the annual Sidney St. Patrick’s celebration, set for Saturday. Festivities start at 10 a.m. and the parade begins at 1 p.m.Charlotte Ratliff, one of the organizers, said festivities will get under way beginning at 10 a.m., when Glen Pool performs country and gospel music selections.

‘Where Hope Is Still Alive’

March 17, 2010 This year’s Allen Chapel Passion Play, “Where Hope Is Still Alive,” features two modern characters and a Biblical parallel, the life of Nicodemus, said Robin Richardson, assistant director.The first performances will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The play will also be presented March 26, 27 and 28, with all performances in the church’s auditorium. On the two Friday nights, performances begin at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

$544,785 awarded

March 17, 2010 Washington, D.C. — FutureFuel Chemical Company will receive a $544,785 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grant to expand its production of biofuels, according to a news release from Arkansas’ congressional delegation. The funds, which are part of USDA’s Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, will be used to purchase reactors, installation columns and other chemical processing equipment.

Photo exhibit moves to Citizens Bank

March 16, 2010 For the next two months, Citizens Bank’s Main Branch will be displaying prints of Batesville’s Main Street, just the way it looked at the turn of the century up to 1959.With old photos depicting different scenes from Batesville’s downtown, the “Main Street Batesville in Black and White” exhibit first appeared at Comfort Suites last November and will be on display at various businesses in Batesville over the next year, including the bank, which is located at Third Street and College Avenue.

Appliance rebates offered

March 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), has announced the launch of the Arkansas Energy Star Appliance Rebate program. Funds for the mail-in rebate program, $2.74 million, were provided by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The office is accepting rebate applications for the replacement of refrigerators, clothes washers and water heaters. The goal of the program is to replace older, inefficient appliances with new, efficient Energy Star qualified appliances.

Student interning at Melbourne

March 16, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department is currently hosting an Arkansas State University-Mountain Home student as intern, according to a news release.Shawna Yancey is a sophomore criminal justice major and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Yancey of the J Bar J Community in Izard County. This internship provides the student with hands on exposure to various aspects of law enforcement, the release states.

Wildewood hires Vinson

March 16, 2010 Jane Vinson has joined the staff at Wildewood Independent Living Center in Batesville as coordinator of activities, services and marketing, according to a news release. Vinson said she has an extensive background in customer service and sales, plus a great reputation as a cook. She has lived in Batesville most of her life, graduated from Arkansas College (presently Lyon College), and has been involved in many businesses here as well.

Defense to get accused killer’s wife’s address

March 16, 2010 CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Prosecutors have been ordered to provide defense attorneys with the address of the wife of the man charged with killing beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer.Defense attorneys for Gary Dunn want to speak with Jennifer Dunn. Prosecutors argued that Jennifer Dunn doesn’t want to speak or meet with defense attorneys — but Circuit Judge Bill Pearson ruled that the defense is entitled to the woman’s address.

Court declines to lift Jones’ stay for execution

March 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe halted preparations for the planned execution of a convicted murderer and rapist today after a federal appeals court declined to lift a stay that was issued as the death-row inmate challenges the state’s lethal-injection law.A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took no action on the state attorney general’s request to lift the stay, which was issued last week by U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes.

Woman whose 3 kids drowned pleads guilty

March 16, 2010 MORRILTON (AP) — A Plumerville woman who drove into a lake after a late-night party, killing her three young sons, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of child endangerment after tearfully telling the court she had been drinking alcohol the night of the accident.Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey sentenced Amber Turley, 27, to three two-year prison terms, to run concurrently. She will also be on probation for four years after her release.