5,200 bare all for photo shoot

March 2, 2010 SYDNEY (AP) — About 5,200 naked people embraced each other on the steps of Sydney’s iconic Opera House on Monday for a photo shoot by Spencer Tunick.Tunick, who is known for his nude group photos in public spaces, posed participants for more than an hour in a variety of positions.“It was difficult to get the straight participants to embrace the gay participants and vice versa,” Tunick said. “So I was very happy that that last set up finally got done and everyone came together (in a) united, friendly kiss, a loving kiss in front of this great structure.”

Buie named runner-up

March 2, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE — Freshman Lindsey Ahrens of Russellville was crowned Miss Tech 2010 on Friday night during the 55th annual Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant. Ahrens, daughter of Anita and Dwane Ahrens of Russellville, won the Nona Dirksmeyer Talent Award for her vocal performance of “Mercy Said No.” She also earned a share of first place in the CenturyLink Interview Competition.

Chamber singers to perform

March 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Kenyon College Chamber Singers will perform in Little Rock at 7 p.m. March 9 at Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St. in downtown Little Rock.This 50-voice a cappella choir from Ohio performed in Batesville in 2007, and now their spring tour comes through Arkansas again, according to a news release. The program will include sacred and secular music, Renaissance to modern, with a few more selections along the way. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 375-2342 or (870) 307-9058.

Yard sale to be held

March 2, 2010 The seventh annual Spring Extension Homemakers Yard Sale and Craft Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Independence County Fairgrounds.Indoor booth spaces are $15, and outdoor booth spaces are $10. Admission is $1 per person.For more information or to rent a space, call (870) 251-2248, 251-1533, (870) 793-6159 or (870) 283-4949.

Candidates seek offices in Congress

March 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Selected filings for federal and state offices Monday:U.S. SENATE: Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln. Republicans John Boozman, Curtis Coleman and Fred Ramey. Eight Republicans have said they’re seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Lincoln this fall, and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter announced Monday he’ll challenge her in the Democratic primary.

And they’re off! Season opens

March 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A trumpeter played the racetrack staple “Call to Post” to kick off a different type of race in Arkansas on Monday: the 2010 candidate filing season.Candidates, party members, supporters and commentators packed the second-floor rotunda of the state’s Capitol Monday morning, as the secretary of state’s office announced the start of the one-week filing period for the 2010 elections.Oaklawn Park Race Track announcer and guest speaker Terry Wallace said the comparison to horse racing was fitting.

Accused shoplifter leaves sleeping child in car, police say

March 2, 2010 A woman who allegedly left her small child asleep in her car while she entered a local business will be facing multiple charges in court on March 24.Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter said Rita Hunsaker, the manager of Dream Weaver Specialty Store at 4639 Harrison St., told him that a woman later identified as Jennifer R. Morrow, 21, of Newport, came into the store just before 6 p.m. Feb. 27, leaving a small child asleep in her vehicle with the engine running.

SilverSneakers challenges seniors

March 2, 2010 Imagine a fitness class where the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby pump up the atmosphere and the members are senior adults who exercise with the determination of young athletes. While it may sound like a fantasy, the reality is that Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program offers senior adults a fun, safe, and affordable way to exercise. In Batesville, the program is offered through a partnership between Healthways and White River Medical Center PROS (Physical Rehab Outpatient Services) Clinic.

Luncheon promotes awareness

March 2, 2010 More than 300 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville saw red Friday. Most even wore it for the cause.For many the Batesville Go Red For Women luncheon at Independence Hall is a do-not-miss event held to raise awareness and money about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, according to the American Heart Association.For Glenda Bowers, who’s enjoyed the “good food, good company and good speakers” of the luncheon since it began five years ago, “going red” has also helped save her life.

Filings get under way

March 2, 2010 Election filings got under way this week, and already several races have developed in Independence, Sharp and Izard counties.Candidates have until noon Monday to file for office.