Quartet to sing Saturday

September 21, 2010 SITKA — Pleasant Ridge Community Church in the Sitka community will have its monthly singing at 6 p.m. Saturday.The featured singers will be the Golden Road Quartet of Doniphan, Mo. A time of fellowship will follow the singing.For more information call (870) 528-3568 or 528-4909.

13th annual dance marathon set

September 21, 2010 The Sisters of Phi Mu at Lyon College will hold their 13th annual Dance Marathon on Oct. 2 on the Lyon College campus. They raise money for Phi Mu’s National Philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network, by dancing from noon to midnight in the Lower Union. Skit performances will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the raffle drawing at 8. Raffle tickets can be purchased during lunch or at the event. Contact Holly Geis (holly.geis@lyon.edu) for more information or to donate.The event is open to the public.

Childhood development series scheduled

September 21, 2010 NEWPORT — A free early childhood professional development series will be held at Arkansas State University at Newport beginning Oct. 1.The series is developed by the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. Cathy Landers is trainer. The pre-kindergarten social emotional learning classes will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays at ASU Newport in room 108 of the Center for Arts building.

Free movie scheduled

September 21, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will continue its series of free outdoor movies, with the next scheduled for Sunday. “Fly Away Home” will be screened in Couch Garden (behind Brown Chapel) on the Lyon College campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.The movies are open to the public.

Art classes offered

September 21, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council, 246 E. Main St., will be offering the following art workshops and classes:• Gourd Art Workshop with artist Joyce Campbell — Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Class cost is $35, and participants may bring their own gourds or purchase at the workshop.• Pastel Painting Class with Barbara Inglehart — Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6-8 p.m. Class fee is $60 for the four sessions. Materials can be purchased at gallery for additional cost. A $25 deposit required.

Cemetery group to meet

September 21, 2010 GRANGE — The Wilkerson Cemetery Association will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery, located east of Grange. Business will discussed and finger foods will be served at noon.For more information, call Wanda Wilkerson at (870) 307-8110.

Salem sets communitywide sale

September 21, 2010 SALEM — The Salem Chamber of Commerce will host its Fall Communitywide Yard Sale on Saturday. A map showing yard sale locations will be available at area businesses.For more information, call the Salem Chamber of Commerce at (870) 895-5565 or e-mail chamber@SalemAR.com.

Radio club seeks members

September 21, 2010 The Batesville Area Radio Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room at First Community Bank, located at the intersection of St. Louis and Harrison streets.The meeting is open to all amateur radio enthusiasts.For more information, visit barchams.org.

Lyon enrollment keeps up rapid growth

September 21, 2010 Last year saw a record freshman class of 217 students enroll at Lyon College. This year’s freshman class was almost as large — with 203 full-time students — but the total enrollment this fall topped last year’s by 9 percent, according to a news release from the college.The “snapshot” taken on the 11th day of classes saw 630 full-time students and a total headcount of 651. (The total headcount includes part-time enrollees.)This marks Lyon’s highest enrollment since the 1980s and an enrollment growth of 45 percent since fall 2008.

Evicted tenant accused of stealing work tools

September 21, 2010 After being evicted, Jason Hewitt may have gone back just for a trash box, but he ended up leaving with a whole lot more, according to police.Now the previous tenant of the house on Newport Road and his accused accomplice are being charged with one count each of residential burglary and theft of property, class B and class A felonies, respectively.The charges are listed against 27-year-old Jason Hewitt and William E. Baker, 26, in a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Randy Sharp.