JPs favor librarians

December 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — Wrongfully terminated.That was the decision by the Izard County Quorum Court Grievance Committee Tues-day night when it met to discuss the firings of two librarians.Over a span of 18 years Zennie Polland has served as head librarian at the Melbourne Library while her daughter Mel Polland has served as library clerk. That all ended a month ago when the library board walked in and fired them.Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley said he knew of no problems or complaints with the library and did not know the women had been fired until the following day.

Account established for victim of house fire

November 30, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — An account has been established at First Southern Bank for Don Smith of Southside, who lost everything in a house fire on Nov. 20. Other donations including men’s 36x30-sized pants and extra-large shirts are also appreciated. For drop-off information call (870) 834-8652 or (870) 698-0112 after 1:30 p.m.

Auxiliary to host crafts, bake sale

November 30, 2010 The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a crafts and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post No. 4501, 1680 Chaney Drive in Batesville.Table space can be rented for $10. Proceeds from the sale will help provide funds for uniforms and provide for the auxiliary’s youth programs, VFW Quartermaster Ashleigh Brashers said. For more information call (870) 698-4959 or (870) 612-9809.

Holiday benefit scheduled

November 30, 2010 SIDNEY — Three local churches are partnering to offer a free holiday benefit in the community, according to a news release.First Baptist Church of Evening Shade, Sidney Baptist Church and Grace Country Church of Sidney have joined efforts to hold “Care to Share” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sidney Baptist Church.

Townsends selling chicken items for foster kids’ Christmas

November 30, 2010 Townsends of Arkansas will host a “Townsend Truck Sale” to raise money for foster children’s Christmas presents.The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Walmart in Batesville.The following products will be available for sale to the public: • 10-pound box Southern style tender fritter (similar to popcorn chicken), $15;• 10-pound box fully cooked chicken tender, $15;• 10-pound box fully cooked Italian breaded filet, $15;• 10-pound box fully cooked 4-ounce grilled breast, $20;

EHC members will meet

November 30, 2010 The Christmas Extension Homemakers Council meeting will be Friday at the Pfeiffer Clubhouse, located on Highway 167 three miles north of Batesville.Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be at 10.A catered lunch will be served.Items on the agenda include a report on the fall craft fair and awards.

Movie to be screened

November 30, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“Iron Man 2” will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting. This is a special, family friendly edition of the movie that has removed any objectionable language or scenes, according to a news release.The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.

Ozarka plans holiday event

November 30, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College is hosting a “Ozarka Holiday Express” event Friday in the John E. Miller Education Complex on the main campus of Ozarka College in Melbourne. This event will be free to Ozarka College students, their families and the community. Beginning at 5 p.m. the John E. Miller lobby will have pictures and gifts with Santa (while supplies last), culinary treats, the First National Banking Company train, and free admission to a holiday movie, beginning at 7 in the auditorium.

Church offers Parent’s Night Out

November 30, 2010 The Family Connections Ministry of Batesville First Assembly of God Church is hosting a Parent’s Night Out on Friday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. “Parents can go Christmas shopping or just spend an evening together without the kids,” a news release states. Supper and activities will be provided for the children at Batesville First Assembly on 20th and Lyon streets. To register, call (870) 793-5489. This is free and open to the public.

Watson Creek Feed & Grooming opens in old Gainesboro Grocery

November 30, 2010 The old Gainesboro Grocery has a new occupant.Watson Creek Feed & Grooming opened last month in the former grocery store located at 5100 White Drive. The site is actually two businesses, with the feed store in the front of the building and grooming in the back.Owners are Jimmy and Marianda Huskey. Marianda said she worked for Dr. Marik Williams for four to five years doing grooming, but previously worked more than a decade for two other local veterinarians, George Vickers and Joe David Smith.