March of Dimes raises more than $44K

April 27, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Even the heaviest of rains couldn’t keep more than 275 walkers away from raising money and awareness to help fight prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality at the annual March For Babies walk Saturday at the Southside High School walking track. More than $44,000 has been raised for the March of Dimes of Independence County and that number will likely increase as more money comes in, March of Dimes Community Director Sherry Lamb said this morning.

Relay for Life is Friday

April 27, 2010 Independence County’s annual Relay For Life will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Riverside Park in Batesville with an opening ceremony, survivor and caregiver lap and team parade. Events during the 12-hour event, which are subject to change, will include a beauty pageant for men at 6:30, music by The Anointed Ones at 8, a luminaria ceremony at 9, line dancing at midnight, pancake breakfast at 2 and scavenger hunt at 3 on Saturday morning. The relay will conclude at 6 with a sunrise closing ceremony.

Batesville filings open

April 27, 2010 Candidates planning a bid for office within the city of Batesville may start filing for their position at noon Wednesday, according to local officials. The opportunity to file for a candidacy ends at noon May 17, one day before the primary election.

Lincoln turns down debate

April 27, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is turning down a chance to debate her chief rival for the Democratic nomination on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Lincoln’s campaign said Monday that she won’t accept the national news show’s invitation to debate Lt. Gov. Bill Halter on May 9. Halter has accepted the show’s invitation. Lincoln’s campaign said that she didn’t want to interrupt her plans to be in Arkansas with her family on Mother’s Day to appear on the Sunday news show.

AgHeritage slates open house

April 27, 2010 On Thursday, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services will be firing up the grill for the annual Customer Appreciation Open House in Batesville, according to a news release. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Batesville office, 255 E. College St. Hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken will be served. “The relationships we share with our customer-owners are important to us and we look forward each year to the honor of hosting them at this event,” said Junior Beshears, branch manager.

Homecoming singing to be held

April 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Pioneer Day Homecoming Singing will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the John E. Miller Auditorium on the campus of Ozarka College in Melbourne.

Speed sign used in Izard Co.

April 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department recently began using a trailer mounted speed display sign to advise motorists of the speed they are traveling and the posted speed limit, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said in a news release. The sign will flash when the speed limit is exceeded. The sign is being used in areas — mostly residential — where there have been complaints of speeding.

Courthouse to close at noon

April 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County Courthouse will close at noon Friday in order for vendors to set up on the court square and for city workers to prepare for Pioneer Day, which is Saturday.

Budget committee will meet

April 27, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court Budget Committee will meet at 5 p.m. May 4 in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter building at Third and Main streets in Batesville. The agenda will include discussion of overtime for district court employees and other budget items, according to a news release. The meeting is open to the public.

Variety show planned

April 27, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord Beta Club will host its annual variety show at 7 p.m. Friday in the old gymnasium at Concord. Entertainment will include skits and singing. Admission is $2 for students and $3 for adults. Those who are interested in participating may call Frieda Clark at (870) 668-3522.