Activities aim to bring awareness about mental illness

September 28, 2010 HORSESHOE BEND — Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church will be offering the following community activities as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The activities are open to the public.• 4 p.m. Saturday — Celebrating All God’s Children. A contemporary worship and praise service with special prayers for those living with mental illness, their caregivers, and mental health workers.• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5 — Church open for private prayer for the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding.

Hunter holds man at gunpoint until cops arrive

September 28, 2010 An afternoon squirrel hunting trip by a man and his son turned dangerous Sunday afternoon when they allegedly encountered an armed, drunk man pilfering through their truck Sunday afternoon. Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar said he was sent to Sunset Ridge in the northern part of the county after a caller said a trespasser was being held at gunpoint.

Izard County historians to meet Sunday

September 28, 2010 WISEMAN — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society’s fall quarterly meeting will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wiseman Red School House in Wiseman. The event is open to the public.Betty Burns Brunson will present a program about the Wiseman School and the area. The three-room school building was the center of education in the area during the 1930s. Members and guests are encouraged to bring photos, memorabilia, and memories of the school and the area to share.

Dockins recognized

September 28, 2010 Julia Dockins, principal broker at Blue Jean Realty, is the recent recipient of the Realtor of the Year award, according to a news release. Dockins is an active participant in the Realtor’s annual Coats for Kids drive and a member of the Batesville Board of Realtors.She is also a candidate in the upcoming Arkansas Realtor of the Year competition.To reach Dockins, call (870) 307-3597.

Bank announces promotions

September 28, 2010 Citizens Bank announced several key promotions, according to a news release.Melissa Goodman was recently promoted to vice president of teller administration. Her responsibilities include staffing and management of the teller services staff and branch operations. Goodman began her career with Citizens Bank 19 years ago as a teller and has also served in other positions including Branch Manager and Teller Administrations Assistant prior to her promotion.

Home Place’s new owners offer home interior design

September 28, 2010 The Home Place, featuring home decor and gifts, at 2515 Harrison St., is now under new ownership and featuring a whole new look, said Kyla Gillihan, co-owner of the business with DD Traub.In celebration of new ownership and a new look, The Home Place will hold a grand reopening Oct. 15 and 16 with daily drawings for door prizes.“We’ve expanded our line of products with new merchandise arriving almost daily,” Gillihan said.

Cave City Fall Festival set

September 28, 2010 CAVE CITY — Everyone is invited to the Cave City Elementary and Middle School Fall Festival beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, said Elementary Principal Vicki Musick.The festival will be held in front of and in the Cave City elementary/middle school cafeteria, she said.“Thee will be over 20 fun-filled activities including a cakewalk, a duck pond, a fishing booth, pie throw, Plinko, football throw, ring toss, face painting and much, much more,” Musick said. “There will also be a concession stand.”

Defensive driving offered

September 28, 2010 A defensive driving class is scheduled for Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, located at 2005 White Drive.The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be furnished.The program will be presented in a Power Point format with animation and sound by Southwest Safe Driving Inc., a non-profit, state-approved organization.

Thieves take home air unit

September 28, 2010 Everything looked OK at the house on Camp Tahkodah Road where Dennie Wayne Apple went to do some painting Monday morning, until he went out back of the house.Apple told police he had gone to the residence to paint a couple of rooms and went out the back door to find a paint “stir stick” and noticed that a recently installed, two-ton air conditioning unit was missing.“Apple advised that he had been at the residence on Saturday and the air condition unit was there,” Deputy Dee McFatter said.The unit is valued at $2,300 and no suspects have been named.

Ham radio fest planned

September 28, 2010 The Batesville Area Radio Club will host its fourth annual Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Southside Middle School cafeteria. Admission is free.Attendees may participate in one of several forums which will be presented on amateur radio topics.Federal Communications Commission testing will be conducted for anyone wishing to obtain or upgrade an amateur radio license.Vendors will be charged $5 to set up a table to sell radios or related equipment. Vendor tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.