Natalie’s re-opens in Cottage Market

May 25, 2010 Natalie Cox is back in business.After several months of looking for the right place to relocate, Natalie’s Cafe-Casseroles-Catering & Tropical Snow is now open at the Cottage Market complex at 1335 College Ave. in Batesville“We serve daily plate lunch specials of soup and sandwiches along with your favorite soda, coffee or tea,” owner Natalie Cox said recently.“We also offer several types of pre made casseroles that can be picked up for a special meal when you don’t have time to cook.”

Ms. Wheelchair 5K scheduled June 19

May 25, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas first annual 5K walk and run race will begin at 8 a.m. June 19 at Riverside Park in Batesville.The registration fee before June 10 is $15 and $20 after the deadline or by 7:30 a.m. the day of the race.Proceeds will be used to sponsor Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas and Cave City native Judy Little to attend the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant to be held at Grand Rapids, Mich. in August.Entry fees can be mailed to Judy Little, Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas 2010, at P.O. Box 96 Cave City, AR 72521.

C-Ridge to receive $13K

May 25, 2010 NEWARK — Thanks to a $13,400 Sprint Character Education grant the Cedar Ridge School District will be able to expand its creativity.The district was the only school in Arkansas to receive the grant which will help fund an elementary character-education program, an in-class program for the 2010-11 school year to include schoolwide character education activities, curriculum, lessons, materials and resources that promote character development at Newark Elementary and Cord-Charlotte Elementary.

2 Izard County men arrested for battery

May 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — Two men were arrested in Izard County late last week for battery, in separate incidents, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Shortly after midnight Saturday, Donald David Todd, age 28 of Franklin was arrested on charges of terroristic threatening-second degree, and domestic battering-third degree,” Lawrence said. “Todd remains in the Izard County Detention Facility pending an appearance before District Judge David Miller.

Funerals begin for officers

May 24, 2010 WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Those attending the funeral of a West Memphis police officer who was killed in the line of duty were told that the officer lived his life by the law enforcement code “to protect and serve.” Hundreds crowded into the West Memphis High School gymnasium today morning for the funeral of Officer Brandon Paudert. Paudert and fellow Officer Bill Evans were killed during a shootout along Interstate 40 on Thursday. Police Chaplain Billy Beech says Paudert not only lived by that code, but he did so with passion.

Firefighter dies at Pine Bluff

May 24, 2010 PINE BLUFF (AP) — A firefighter injured when the wall of a burning building collapsed atop him in January has died. Lt. David Curlin, 40, died Saturday afternoon at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Curlin was injured Jan. 3 as he and other firefighters were battling a blaze at an office-supply store on Main Street in Pine Bluff. When a brick wall and support beam fell on him, he was pinned beneath the bricks and the beam for about a minute and a half before he was freed.

Decoration Day planned

May 24, 2010 EVENING SHADE — The annual clean up and decoration day at Bear Creek Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The cemetery is located on Jack School House Road west of Evening Shade. A potluck lunch will be served at noon. Sonja Finley asked everyone to bring a favorite dish and lawn chairs. Since this cemetery is funded solely by donations, financial support is also needed for those who have family or friends buried at Bear Creek. Contributions can be mailed to Earl C. Haley, Rt. 1, Box 112, Evening Shade, AR 72532.

Strawberry alumni to reunite

May 24, 2010 STRAWBERRY — The Strawberry High School Alumni Association will host a 2010 all-class reunion Saturday. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a program at 10. Lunch will be catered by Fred’s Fish House and is set for 11:30. The event is open to everyone associated with the school. For more information contact Ann Doyle at (870) 528-3467 or e-mail

Unity Fest is Saturday

May 24, 2010 The fifth annual Unity Fest on the River will be May 29 at Riverside Park in Batesville. The event is a benefit for John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual boot camp located in Charlotte for men with drug and alcohol addictions. Last year’s Unity Fest raised $101,000 for John 3:16 Ministries and drew an estimated 4,000 people, John 3:16 director Bryan Tuggle said. Gov. Mike Beebe will be in attendance. Door prizes to be given are a 2010 Ford Ranger autographed by Mark Martin, a Bad Boy Mower MZ Series and a 46-inch Sanyo HDTV.

Church to host pianist/humorist

May 24, 2010 Batesville First Church of the Nazarene will host pianist/humorist Brian Hanson of Nashville, Tenn. in concert Sunday morning. Services start at 10:30 a.m. “Through the vehicles of beautiful piano music, audience participation and a great sense of humor, Brian does his best to create an atmosphere where God is lifted up and glorified,” according to a news release. Hanson was a network image producer and produced the nationally televised talk show “Worship Live” as seen on The Christian Network. Additionally, his music has often been used on the network.