Craft sale announced

November 4, 2009 The 25th annual Holiday Craft Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. The event is sponsored by the Extension Homemakers Clubs of Independence County.Vendor spaces are available for $45 for the two-day event. All items must be handmade. Breakfast will be available on Saturday, and lunch will be available both days.For more information call (870) 251-2248, 251-1533 or (870) 283-4949.

Scholarship offered

November 4, 2009 The Master Gardeners of Independence County are now accepting applications for their college scholarship for the 2010-11 school year.Applicants must be residents of Independence County. Those interested may pick up application forms with the complete rules at the Cooperative Extension Office, located at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.The deadline for completed applications is Dec. 31.

Spring River Artist Guild awards presented for 2009

November 4, 2009 HARDY — Award-winning Missouri artist Michael McClure judged the 2009 Spring River Artists Guild Art Show. The award ceremony was held during a reception in the gallery on Oct. 25.There were 81 entries from regional artists in this annual show. The art work of watercolor, oil, mixed-media paintings and pottery was not categorized. Four awards were given for each of the first, second and third places.Best of Show was a water-color by gallery director Trish Corder titled “Blanchard Springs.” People’s Choice winner was Eva Haley with “Donna’s Treasures.”

‘Aladdin’ to open Thursday

November 4, 2009 The Disney musical “Aladdin” will be presented in a joint production by the Batesville School District and the Batesville Community Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Batesville school auditorium on Water Street, director Ginger Sandy said.Doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtime.Two performances will also be presented for the elementary schools on Nov. 6.

Directors to discuss lawsuit

November 4, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to continue to discuss a payment disagreement with Parker Construction, Manager John Richardson said.The Parker firm filed a lawsuit several months ago, claiming it is owed more money for its part of the Southside wastewater system construction. Richardson said Parker was paid the amount stated in its contract.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson will give the report concerning the lawsuit.

ASMSA to meet in Batesville

November 4, 2009 The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, located in Hot Springs, will hold an informational meeting in Batesville from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lyon College Science Center in Derby 11. ASMSA staff will meet with interested students and their families to discuss admission requirements, course work, class sizes, residential life and extracurricular activities.

Guard prepares for departure

November 4, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Members of the Arkansas National Guard’s 1037th Engineer Company, 875th Engineer Battalion are preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.The more than 200 soldiers will leave Tuesday from Jonesboro for Fort McCoy, Wisc., for two months training before going to Afghanistan in January.The 1037th will join engineering companies from Washington, Oregon, South Carolina and North Carolina to form a special route-clearance task force in which they find and destroy roadside bombs.

Trial date set for man involved in shootout

November 4, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — A trial date in February has been set for a Brookland man charged in connection with a shootout with law officers near Jonesboro that left another man dead.Forty-two-year-old Phillip Sutfin faces three counts of attempted murder and is being held in the Craighead County Jail on bonds totaling $525,000.Authorities say Sutfin and Raymond Floyd opened fire when parole and probation officers escorted by law officers served a search warrant on Sept. 28. Police say Sutfin and Floyd ran into a nearby soybean field and opened fire on the officers.

Funding lack cuts 211 program

November 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A telephone program that helped link callers to social service programs in the state is being shut down because of a lack of funding.The Arkansas 211 phone program will be suspended this week.United Way of Arkansas State Association chairman John Nazzaro says he doesn’t know if the closing of the program will be permanent — but he anticipates it will be.The service allowed residents to dial 211 to get help with social service referrals.

Library board to meet

November 4, 2009 The Independence County Library board will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday for its monthly meeting to discuss library activities, director Debra Sutterfield said.The board will meet in the second-floor courtroom of the Independence County Courthouse. Meetings are open to the public.