BAAC schedules workshop

November 19, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will hold a floor-cloth painting workshop hosted by Gary Coe from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at its Main Street art gallery. Cost of the class is $35 plus a $10 fee for materials. Because there is limited space, preregistration is required by calling the BAAC at (870) 793-3382.

Gem, mineral club to hear about ‘Good, bad, ugly’

November 19, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. The meeting is open to the public.Club member Albert Lorenzi will present the program “Three Aspects of the Mineral World: Good, Bad and Ugly.” Lorenzi is the director of The Museum of Imagination located a mile south of Route 56 on Highway 9 in Brockwell (across the road from the Izard County Senior Center). At this time the museum is open by appointment, (870) 895-2087.

Church to host drama

November 19, 2010 New Life Drama Company will perform at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at Jubilee Family Church, located at 45 Thunderbird Drive in Batesville.The group ministers the gospel of Jesus Christ through the art form of skit drama, according to a news release. The skits touch on a wide variety of topics such as salvation, prayer, evangelism and family issues.New Life Drama Company has four teams of young people ages 18 to 25 who perform all over the world in churches, prisons, schools, nursing homes and on the streets.For more information about the company, visit

Former lottery attorney sues

November 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The former staff attorney for the Arkansas Lottery Commission has sued the panel and is seeking her job back, along with a half-million dollars in damages.Bridgette Frazier filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Little Rock. It names the Arkansas Lottery Commission, executive director Ernie Passailaigue and operations vice president Ernestine Middleton as defendants.

Walmart museum work uncovers old artifacts

November 19, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — Renovation work on the Walmart Visitors Center, in the original Walton’s Five & Dime and an adjacent building in downtown Bentonville, is providing a look at the origins of both the giant retailer and the city.“We discovered a whole bunch of different artifacts and realized the history behind the buildings was rich, not only for the city of Bentonville, but also for Walmart as a company,” said Alan Dranow, director of communications.

TV show to feature possible ghosts at Fort Chaffee

November 19, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — Disembodied voices of women calling for help at Fort Chaffee will be among the phenomena explored in a cable television show to be aired at 8 tonight.The Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures” will feature an episode recorded during a weeklong visit to the closed military post in July.

Bomb report empties courthouse

November 19, 2010 BOONEVILLE (AP) — Police at Booneville say workers have been allowed to return to the Logan County Courthouse after it was evacuated following a report that a bomb had been spotted in a nearby car.Fort Smith television station KHOG reports that the courthouse was evacuated Thursday morning after the supposed bomb was reported.Police said that what a passerby took to be a pipe bomb, spotted in a car, turned out to be a harmless package. Officers said that, after the nature of the package was discovered, people were allowed to return to the courthouse.

When Helena freezes over

November 19, 2010 HELENA-WEST HELENA (AP) — An ice rink is to open for four days next month in Helena-West Helena.The rink is planned to operate Dec. 9-12 at Court Square Park. Tickets will cost $5, and skates will be included. Children 4 and younger will be allowed to skate free with an adult.The city’s advertising and promotion commission has hired a West Virginia company to set up the synthetic ice rink.The square is to feature other holiday activities, including photos with Santa, Christmas choirs and a large Christmas tree.

Legislators skeptical about Medicaid computer plan

November 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State legislators are expressing skepticism about a plan to spend $150 million to revamp Arkansas’ Medicaid computerized billing system.Gov. Mike Beebe included the proposal as part of his budget plans for the next two fiscal years. But legislators say the idea reminds them of a proposed $25 million computer system implemented in 2001 under former Gov. Mike Huckabee.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the system, known as AASIS, had numerous start-up issues and eventually cost about $60 million.

Elvis building in Fort Smith could go on National Register

November 19, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — The building in which then-U.S. Army inductee Elvis Presley received his first military haircut soon could be on the National Register of Historic Places.The structure known as Building 803 on the old Fort Chaffee grounds is among 12 being considered by the state review board for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, which will meet Dec. 1.The building now houses the Chaffee Barbershop Museum, which commemorates Presley’s famed March 1958 haircut and other historical events that occurred at the Army facility.