Ark. First Lady to be guest at ‘Picasso’s Play Date’

March 31, 2010 Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe will be the special guest during “Picasso’s Play Date” at 6 p.m. April 22 in the cafeteria of the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center. This year’s theme is “Making Our Earth Beautiful.” The free event is for all children and is being presented by the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. “Bring your child and create masterpieces at our many creation stations and art tables and view local artwork on loan from area children,” PAT coordinator Lorrie McClure said.The center is located 1900 Lyon St.

Free fish fry offered

March 31, 2010 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries will have a fish fry Saturday to help promote the upcoming fifth annual Unity Fest, set for May 29 at Riverside Park in Batesville.The free fish dinner will be served at 5, and after that the men will be giving testimony. There will also be two inflatables for children. John 3:16 is located at 75 Holmes Road in Charlotte. For more information, call (870) 799-2525 or visit

Republicans to meet

March 31, 2010 The Independence County Republican Party will meet for a Dutch treat dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.A business meeting will follow at 7. The agenda includes discussion of the Reagan Day dinner slated for April 17.The event is open to the public.

Library to be closed

March 31, 2010 The Independence County Library in Batesville will be closed Friday through Sunday in observance of Good Friday.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday.

Beginning Steps to meet

March 31, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday in conference room A of the Josephine Raye Rogers Women & Imaging Center at White River Medical Center.All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information call (870) 793-0627.

New pastor arrives Easter Sunday

March 31, 2010 Batesville Church of the Nazarene will welcome the Rev. Tim Brown with a service of installation at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with Dr. Randy Berkner, district superintendent of the North Arkansas District. Brown will be preaching.Over the past 22 years, Brown has pastored four churches in west Texas, North Carolina, St. Louis and most recently, Bradford, Pa., where he was for 10 years. He spent six years as an itinerant evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene, and has preached close to 200 revivals, camps and retreats in 38 states.

BBBS to host fundraiser

March 31, 2010 The Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas will host a Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser April 17 at the Hollywood Bowl in Batesville.Everyone is encouraged to bowl, donate or both, said Scarlett Barnes, event co-chairwoman. “Form a team with your co-workers, friends or family and by participating, you can help make a positive lasting impact on children, schools and neighborhoods right here in our community.”

McCall appointed

March 31, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City council member Jerry McCall was appointed mayor on Monday to replace Carl Walter Johnson, who is retiring.Johnson said McCall has served the city for more than two decades.“I think this will be my 26th year on the council,” McCall said this morning, adding that his appointment will be to serve the remainder of Johnson’s term, which expires at the end of the year.“I told them I would take it for this eight months,” McCall said. “The reason I got appointed is I am the senior member on the council and I’m retired.”