Beginning Steps to meet

December 2, 2009 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. Meetings are held in conference room A of the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women & Imaging at White River Medical Center.  All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome and attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

‘Movie in the Park’ to benefit American Cancer Society

December 2, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville American Cancer Society student and faculty Relay for Life team will host a Movie in the Park Dec. 17, 18 and 19 at Riverside Park in Batesville. “This is a family event and all are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie,” a news release states. Movies include “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Christmas Carol.”

GOP meeting postponed

December 2, 2009 The Independence County Republican meeting scheduled for Thursday has been postponed until Dec. 10.A Dutch-treat meal will begin at 6 p.m. in the main dining hall at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. The meeting will follow at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room.The meeting will be a fund raiser for Col. Conrad Reynolds, who is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. He will speak at the meeting.The event is open to the public.

Jamboree to be held

December 2, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries will host a Mountain View Jamboree at 5 p.m. Saturday at the camp in Charlotte. The event will feature The Turners and Friends, along with a group from John 3:16 and other musicians from Mountain View. A free dinner of smoked turkey, dressing, corn, green beans and bread will be served.For more information, call Mark or Joann Nelson at (870) 269-4200.

Library board to hear reports

December 2, 2009 The Independence County library board will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the second floor courtroom of the library building in Batesville. Included on the agenda are library activities and possible discussion of hiring a planning architect for the development of a new library.

Resale shop extends hours

December 2, 2009 The Family Violence resale shop located at 360 W. Main St. across from Marshall Fabrics in Batesville, has hired a full-time employee and now has new hours, according to manager Mary Holcombe.“Katheryn Kelley has been hired and the hours have been extended from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday,” Holcombe said recently.Donations to the shop can now be dropped off anytime during regular business hours. Proceeds from shop sales go to victims of sexual and family violence, according to Holcombe.

Exhibit now on display

December 2, 2009 If old buildings could talk — the stories they would tell.Some of those stories have been captured in 1,000 words, one might say, courtesy of a new traveling photography exhibit that was unveiled Tuesday at Comfort Suites in Batesville.Around 50 people showed up for the opening, hosted by Cary Tyson, director of Main Street Arkansas, and Caroline Millar, assistant director.

Cookbooks go on sale

December 2, 2009 CHARLOTTE — A small boy with five loaves and two fish once fed a multitude.At John 3:16 Ministries, they want to continue feeding others too, not only spiritually, but with the recipes they’ve been given for the new 2009 cookbook filled with recipes, photos and testimonials.The books are hardcover — red to match the camp’s signature T-shirts — and sell for $10 each.

$400,000 bond set

December 2, 2009 Man sets ex-girlfriend’s house afire in Ash Flat