How candidates stand

March 23, 2010 How candidates for Senate and Congress in Arkansas stand on the health care package that the House approved Sunday night. The House gave final approval to a $938 billion health care bill that’s already passed the Senate and approved a companion measure that now heads to the Senate for a vote:U.S. SENATE

Longtime activist Ledbetter dies

March 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Longtime political activist Brownie Ledbetter has died in Little Rock at age 77.Her family says Ledbetter died Sunday at her home nearly six months after a tumor was found in her brain.Ledbetter was born Mary Brown Williams in 1932 and was married to former state legislator Cal Ledbetter.

Vital Link offers class

March 23, 2010 Vital Link ambulance service will offer the Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class from 6 to 10 p.m. April 5 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee of $25 will cover the cost of the textbook and CPR card.To register call (870) 793-3351.

Patrons asked to remove grave ornaments

March 23, 2010 Lawn-mowing season will begin at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Batesville on April 2. “If you have anything on the graves — flowers, hanging baskets, ornaments, etc. they need to be removed before April 1,” a news release from Qualls Funeral Services states. “All items not removed will be removed by cemetery caretakers.”Patrons are also asked to use vases approved by the cemetery during mowing season. For more information call the funeral home in Batesville (870) 793-3831.

Gourd workshop slated

March 23, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a Gourd Art Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the BAAC-on-Main gallery is located at 246 Main St..For more information, call (870) 793-3382 or visit The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Clinton CASA teams with ABATE in fundraiser

March 23, 2010 CLINTON — CASA will have its first ever Dice Run May 22 at Clinton City Park on Main Street, off Highway 65. The event will be held rain or shine.Entry fee is $10 with T-shirt (while they last) or $5 without t-shirt, but additional donations will be accepted. Bikes will go out between 11 a.m. and noon, with the last bike in at 2:30. Winners will be announced at 3. The route includes Clinton, Timbo, Mountain View and Shirley. The Dice Run is open to motorcycles, classic cars, trucks, tractors or anything on wheels.

Studio opens in Searcy

March 23, 2010 Searcy — Second Saturday Studio, located at 213 West Arch Ave. in Searcy, opened March 13, with approximately 300 people visiting their new downtown location.The shop is a retail space where local artists can display and sell their art and handmade works. Items displayed include a variety of paintings, photographs, fused glass, handmade jewelry, pottery, and fiber art. The space can accommodate 17-20 artists every month and a wide variety of artwork is available for purchase. Twenty artists took part in last Saturday’s opening.

Passover teaching planned

March 23, 2010 Jubilee Family Church will present a Passover Seder teaching/ceremony led by Rabbi Dale CohenThe event will be at 7 p.m. April 10 at the church, 45 Thunderbird Lane, Batesville (about two miles east of Walmart).For more information, call (870) 793-9124. Meals will be served at no charge. Those attending are asked to RSVP, with number of people coming, by March 27.

Arbor Day celebrated

March 23, 2010 Melbourne — Arkansas Arbor Day was celebrated by the Melbourne Tree Board on the afternoon of Monday, March 15th at the Melbourne City Hall. The Master Garden Club planted three trees which were provided by the Arkansas Forestry Commission.