Mock Trial program opens for participants

October 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Teachers from Arkansas high schools are encouraged to contact the Arkansas Bar Association to participate in the Mock Trial program, a news release states.

Reunions set for this weekend

October 5, 2010 Northern-HodgeThe Northern-Hodge family reunion will be Sunday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the home of Gary Lynn Hodge, 285 Lundy Lane (off Gainesboro Road).Lunch is potluck. The event is drop-by and those attending may bring lawn chairs, Hodge said. “We hope to have four generations of Northerns and three generations of Hodges,” he said.For more information, call Hodge at (870) 897-2112. 

Cleburne craft fair seeks vendors

October 5, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Extension Homemakers Council will hold its seventh annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the county fairgrounds, 880 Bittle Road, Heber Springs.Rental fees for 8x8 booths with one table and two chairs are available for $25; each additional table is $5. All booths are indoors with electrical access. All crafters and vendors interested in participating may call Joanne Severe at (501) 556-4311 or e-mail

Mary Kay consultant recognized

October 5, 2010 Marie Hix of Batesville was recognized by Mary Kay Inc. for achieving the highest level of personal sales for the 16th consecutive year.Hix has been an independent sales representative for the skin care/cosmetic company since 1980 and an independent sales director since 1981, according to a news release from Kirsten Gappelberg, assistant manager of Mary Kay communications.For more information regarding the cosmetic company or to place an order, call Hix at (870) 793-2631.

Model trains to be on display

October 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Historic Arkansas Museum will present the ninth annual “Eclectic Collector: The Model Trains of Bill Albright” in the Study Gallery through March 14.There will be a free opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday in conjunction with downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night. During the reception and in addition to the exhibit, Albright will run several of his trains on tracks in the museum’s atrium. As part of 2nd Friday Art Night, a free shuttle is available to transport visitors to other Art Night venues. Shuttle service ends at 8:30 p.m.

Asian Grill open with buffet

October 5, 2010 The all-new Asian Grill at 3000 Jennings Lane, Suite A, is a large buffet with a variety of Asian cuisine, including authentic Chinese and Japanese along with American.“This restaurant is unique in that it allows you to create your own plate with your choice of meats, vegetables, and sauces cooked fresh for you,” said owner Phuong Mac.There are traditional favorites from egg rolls, egg drop soup, fried rice, chow mein, lo mein and egg foo young, as well as beef, chicken and seafood dishes. There are also chef’s specials.

Doctor joins Stone Co. clinic

October 5, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Stone County Primary Care Clinic has announced the association of Dr. Marsha Taylor, who is accepting new patients and scheduling appointments beginning immediately.“We are excited about the addition of Dr. Taylor,” said Renie Taylor, Stone County administrator/chief operating officer. “Her experience will be essential to the primary medical care that is so important to residents of rural communities such as Mountain View.”

Bill Qualls appointed to board

October 5, 2010 The Auditing Roundtable has announced the appointment of Bill Qualls to its board of directors for 2010-11.Qualls is the manager of corporate health, safety, environmental technical support and integration at Eastman Chemical Company. He is the son of Bill and Marie Qualls of Sulphur Rock.The Auditing Roundtable is a national professional organization dedicated to the practice of environmental, health and safety and sustainability auditing.

Locksmith eyeing retirement

October 5, 2010 SEARCY — A local locksmith has served the community through thick and thin for 21 years and is planning on retiring. Floyd Hudgens had worked for 30 years in factories before he decided to take his life in another direction. He entered locksmith school in the mid-1970s, and was able to finish within a couple years. Eventually, his path led him to Searcy in the late 1980s. A locksmith resided on Pleasure street, and after a year of working there, Hudgens bought the company. He has been serving Searcy’s lock-and-key needs since.

Counseling clinic relocates

October 5, 2010 The Batesville Counseling Clinic, a service of Methodist Family Health, has relocated to a newer and larger facility at 1539 Harrison St., sharing a building with Sherwood Urgent Care and Econo-Mart Pharmacy.Opened in August 2009, the service serves clients from ages 6 through adult.