Child care opens on campus

July 12, 2010 While 100 elementary students arrived for Kids College and the cacophony of hammers swinging rang out at the new nursing building, Jake Wilson was quietly tucked away in the far northeast corner of the UACCB campus.The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville officially opened its new day care this morning, with Wilson as the first — and today, the only — child.

Grant sought

July 12, 2010 After two policemen were gunned down on an interstate traffic stop and two others were wounded during a shootout with two men in a West Memphis Walmart parking lot in mid-May, Independence County is looking at a grant that will arm its officers with rifles.“It’s in direct response to that and other shooting events where police have either been killed or wounded, that our office is applying for a federal grant to purchase rifles for all our deputies,” Independence County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Jeffery said Friday afternoon.

Road renaming irks residents

July 12, 2010 ARKADELPHIA (AP) — After Arkadelphia’s board of directors suddenly voted rename a street for Martin Luther King Jr., some residents are complaining that they had no chance to comment on the idea.The subject wasn’t on the board’s July 1 meeting agenda, but Vice Mayor Ann Sanders proposed suspending the rules to add an item for discussion. That motion passed unanimously.City Director Brenda Hagerich then made the motion to rename Pine Street for King and it passed 4-2.Mayor Chuck Hollingshead voted no because he says he thought the public should be able to comment.

Local hospital honored by Defense Department

July 12, 2010 HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, presented White River Medical Center with one of 18 “Above and Beyond” awards June 14 at a recognition luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hot Springs. The “Above and Beyond” Award, according to ESGR Arkansas Chairman Don C. Morrow, “was created to publicly recognize American Employers who provide extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve.”

Charlotte EHC July 7 meeting

July 12, 2010 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Extension Home-makers club met July 7 at Pat Mason’s home, with all but one member present.The meeting started with the reading of inspirational and thought for the month. The program was “Sharing your family legacy.” Next month the topic will be “How to talk to your doctor.”The club discussed the craft it made at the nursing home on June 28 and will plan the next craft, set for July 26. Members also discussed going back to the children’s home and taking donations.

Blanchard Springs Caverns slates summer programs

July 12, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is astronomy, and programs are:

Quartets to perform

July 12, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The 38th annual Bud Magness Memorial Gospel Quartet Singing will be at 7 p.m. July 16 and 17 at Spring Park Amphitheater in Heber Springs.Several groups will perform, including CrossPoint Quartet, the Velvet Ridge Singers, the Gospel Echoes, the Hawkins Family, the Voyagers, the Crusaders, the Apostles Quartet, the Kinsmen Quartet, N’Him and the Magness Family.Seating is available, but lawn chairs are welcome. Concession stands will be open.Admission is free, but donations will be taken. For more information call (501) 362-6200 or (501) 362-3600.

Heber Springs to host concert

July 12, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The Jed and Harry Clark Band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

‘Look Good, Feel Better’ scheduled in Batesville

July 12, 2010 The American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program for women currently undergoing cancer treatment will be held from 9-11 a.m. July 26. Trained cosmetologists will teach cancer patients how to enhance their appearance and self image while going through treatment.Patients will be taught how to deal with hair loss, changes in skin complexion and nails caused by radiation and chemotherapy. Participants will also have the option to order a free wig.

Church to hold youth revival

July 12, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located at 110 Union Grove Road in Pleasant Plains, will host a youth revival from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday.The event will include games, fellowship and worship. Entertainment will be provided by the Robert Hutchinson family and the Mount Pleasant youth group. Skits will be performed by the Floral Baptist youth group.The event is open to youth of all ages and young adults.For more information call (501) 345-2804.