Batesville man goes for walk, doesn’t return, wife tells cops

March 4, 2010  A Batesville man has not been seen since he told his wife Wednesday afternoon he was going for a walk along Lafferty Creek, about a mile from their home and drove away in the family van.Trena Rexroad told police that her husband, 43-year-old Robert Rexroad, left their home on Anderson Lane around 1 p.m., to walk along the creek and by 10:30 p.m. had not returned, according to Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch.“Mrs. Rexroad stated that he left the area in the couple’s vehicle, a green 1998 Chevrolet Astro van with a disabled license plate 216159,” Thatch said.

BBQ champions to be crowned

March 4, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Smoke on the Water USA Barbecue Championship will be March 19-20 in North Little Rock. The competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, has the circuit’s largest payout at $100,000 in prize money. Teams from all over showcase their talents and prized products and there will be vendors, a carnival, a car and motorcycle show and live entertainment. The event takes place at the North Little Rock RV Park and North Shore Riverwalk.

Woolly Hollow to host Women’s Outdoor Weekend

March 4, 2010 Greenbrier — Woolly Hollow State Park will be hosting a Women in the Outdoors Weekend on April 9-11.Participants will learn basic camping skills, nature journaling, beginning bird watching, Dutch oven cooking, archery, and beginning fishing, as well as having free time to relax, forge new friendships, and have fun. The workshop will feature special guest presenters, such as Arlene Green with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Jimma Hampton, a Dutch oven cooking expert.

Antique show set in Eureka

March 4, 2010 EUREKA SPRINGS — In its 14th year, the annual Spring Antique Show and Sale in Eureka Springs occurs March 19-21 at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. According to a news release, “This popular antique show consists of 57 dealers from about 14 states with a variety of items as small as a thimble to as large as an armoire.”

Quilt show grows into festival

March 4, 2010 TYRONA — Two years ago, the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza, hosted a small quilt show as a part of the annual celebration of Women’s History Month. That show was so popular that the museum could not contain all of the quilts last year — five local churches and the elementary school were recruited to host a display of quilts.

Home Depot awards grant

March 4, 2010 Newark — Through its Building Health Communities grant program, The Home Depot Foundation has awarded $2,500 to Cedar Ridge School District. The donation will be used for the Environmental and Spatial Technologies program to reconstruct the school’s nature trail to enhance environmental education and encourage physical activity, according to a news release. EAST program director Kimberly Jones said the school needed trees, flowers, bird houses and lumber for various projects to refurbish the nature trail on campus.

Singles ministry to have St. Patrick’s potluck

March 4, 2010 Matthew 6:33 Singles Ministry will have a St. Patrick’s Day-themed potluck Saturday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Community Room in Batesville.The group will eat at 6:33 p.m., followed by a short devotion time and then activity and game time. Single adults of all ages are welcome.For more information call Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

Head Start opens fall enrollment

March 4, 2010 Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Inc. Head Start is now taking applications for the 2010-11 school year.Head Start, which has classrooms in Independence, Sharp, Izard, Stone and Fulton counties, is a free child development program for 3- and 4-year-olds. Children who will be 3 or 4 by Aug. 1, 2010 are eligible to apply. A child’s chances of being accepted for enrollment is greater if the parent/guardian applies before April 30 as children will be selected in June. Proof of income must be provided.

Board to meet with firm

March 4, 2010 The Batesville School Board will meet with the McPherson and Jacobson executive firm at 6 tonight in the district administration office at 955 Water St. The firm is assisting the district in its search for a new superintendent. Ted Hall announced his resignation in February.The firm, which interviewed district employees, students and community members Monday to gain their input about the search process, will review what they learned with the board.

Council to hear about economic development, fire safety devices

March 4, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. Ed Mabry, director of Independence County Economic Development, and interim Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn and firefighter Mark McCollum will present reports.The agenda also includes the third reading of an ordinance to establish a uniform speed limit in the city, ordinances to amend subdivision and zoning codes, a request for a water meter outside city limits, a request to remove some lots in the Highland Woods Subdivision, recognitions and reports.