Optimists to honor teens

February 3, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Western Sizzlin.All members are encouraged to attend as the club honors essay contest winners, Caitlyn Robillard, Haylie Hoffman and Cecily Freeman, all from the Cedar Ridge School District. The club will also discuss an upcoming chili lunch.Anyone interested in learning more about what the club does in the community is welcome to attend.

Republicans to meet

February 3, 2010 The Independence County Republican Party will have a Dutch treat meal at 6 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville with a business meeting to follow at 7.Special guest speaker will be Josh Manning from Lyon College. The event is open to the public.For more information or questions, call Darrell Hays (870) 612-2627.

Auxiliary to award scholarship

February 3, 2010 American Legion Auxiliary Department and National Scholarship applications are now available.Scholarship applicants must be in their senior year of high school and must be descendants of people who served or are now serving in the military during a wartime period.Applications may be obtained by calling (870) 698-0492.Applications must be completed and returned to the American Legion Auxiliary No. 114, Attention: Scholarships, P.O. Box 3224, Batesville, AR 72503 no later than March 1.

Chester Jetton to perform

February 3, 2010 HARDY — AfterWords in Hardy will host acoustic music by artist Chester Jetton of Paragould from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.The cafe will also be serving “all-you-can-eat” East Texas Beef Brisket and fixings for $9.95. Food is served until 8:30.Words Bookstore and AfterWords Gourmet Café are located at 201 Spring St. Business hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (870) 856-5579.

Church to present prophecy series

February 3, 2010 The Rev. James Merrick will present a Bible prophecy series at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at First Church, United Pentecostal Church International, located at 240 White Drive in Batesville, across from the fairgrounds. The event is open to the public.Merrick is a national teacher and the vice president of the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minn.For more information call (870) 612-3656 or (870) 793-8276. The church’s Web site address is www.firstchurchupc.com.

Herb Society club meets

February 3, 2010 FRANKLIN — The local Herb Society of America met Jan. 23 at member Laura McNernery’s home in Franklin.Members present included Dot Sanders, Trish Nelson, Pat French, Phyllis Williams, Laura McNerney, Tina Wilcox, Kathleen Connole, Beth Peck Cooper, Betty Burns Brunson and special guest Susan Belsinger of Maryland.

Naval Academy seeks applicants

February 3, 2010 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Applications are being accepted now through March 31 for the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) 2010. NASS is designed for students who will have just completed their junior year of high school in the summer of 2010. This program is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high-achievers who may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation’s service academies and serving as a military officer after graduation. NASS is held in three sessions: June 5-10, June 12-17 and June 19-24.

ICARE seeks homes for numerous cats whose owner died

February 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — An elderly woman who died in Izard County last month left behind dozens of cats, and now an animal rescue group is trying to find homes for them.Joyce Mabry with the Izard County Animal Rescue Effort estimated the woman had “probably between 30 and 40, most of them friendly.” The woman “lived alone in awful conditions, but she took care of those cats,” Mabry said. She had family, but not in state.

Chief deputy seeks office

February 3, 2010 Steve Jeffery, an Independence County native with more than 12 years of law enforcement experience, has announced his candidacy for sheriff.

Learn about: When electricity came to Arkansas

February 3, 2010 Rural electrification will be Sunday afternoon’s program at Old Independence Regional Museum.The free program starts at 2 p.m. and appropriately enough, the program will be electronically illustrated, said Rob Roedel, manager of corporate communications for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.Roedel will tell how and when electricity came to rural Arkansas.