Yard sale to be Sept. 10-11

August 12, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Heavenly Highways Yard Sale has tripled in length this year and will be 150 miles of bargains, according to a news release.The sale will be Sept. 10-11. Churches along the route are encouraged to participate and offer parking lot space for those not living directly on the route. The Calico Rock Chamber of Commerce is offering free space in both city parks for those who would like to set up there. Many towns along the way will also be offering special entertainment and restaurant and lodging specials.

Hickory Hill to perform

August 12, 2010 CONCORD — Hickory Hill, a bluegrass gospel group, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at Concord United Methodist Church.The event is open to the public.

Mt. Pleasant slates open house

August 12, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary will host its annual open house on Aug. 19.  The evening will begin in the school cafeteria at 6, with an introduction of the faculty and staff. Teachers will give a brief synopsis of the requirements for each grade level and what is expected of the students on the Benchmark testing in the spring. Afterwards, parents and students are encouraged to visit the classrooms. Refreshments will be served. 

The Weekend Events

August 12, 2010 Friday• Benefit for the Lane Mathews family, 5-8 p.m., Southside Elementary School cafeteria and gymnasium. Cost is $5 per child. Concessions, bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, a bake sale and a silent auction. A live auction will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Clerical error derails JP election campaign

August 12, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court voted unanimously Monday to reimburse a former candidate for money he spent on campaign signs but cannot use due to a clerical mistake in a county office.Dean Beardslee of rural Hardy, who filed earlier this year as a Republican candidate for justice of the peace in District 4, told the court he filed in District 4 because the clerk’s office gave him a map showing that he lived in that district. He said he had also been instructed since 1999, when he moved to his current residence, to vote in District 4.

Sara Low race scheduled

August 12, 2010 The Sara Low Memorial 5K Race will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 11, 2010.A special ceremony at 7:30 a.m. will pay tribute to veterans, active duty soldiers and National Guard members. All veterans and military personnel are asked to come out and be recognized.The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial Flag Field will be on display. Robert Hopper, who sets up the memorial, will be the guest speaker at the event.Norma Lopez, recipient of the 2010 Sara Low memorial scholarship, will sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” and the national anthem.

Resumés being accepted

August 12, 2010 Resumés are now being accepted for the highly-anticipated jobs at the new DHS call center, announced Ed Mabry, executive director of the Independence County Economic Development.Mabry gave his regular report to the Batesville City Council Tuesday, updating officials on the ICED’s efforts.The pad is finished at the Department of Human Services Call Center, to be located at the corner of White and Grand drives. The building should be completed by late February or early March.

Friends recall florist as ‘one of a kind’

August 12, 2010 She was always positive — always smiling — always thinking of others first. And, as an only child, her mom and dad were her first concern, according to family members and a host of friends.Owner of “A Touch of Design” florist shop for more than 30 years, Carolyn Maddox Biderman of Batesville died Monday at a local hospital. She was 59 years old.Carolyn was Buford and Bernice Maddox’s only child, but best friend Cathy Grooms Garrett said Carolyn had lots of nieces and nephews without having any siblings.

Wet/dry proposal misses filing deadline

August 12, 2010 The chance to vote on the wet/dry issue in Sharp County in November may have just slipped away.The deadline to file was Aug. 4, more than a week ago, and no petition has been filed with the county clerk’s office seeking to put the local option issue on the ballot.Batesville attorney David Blair said the state Legislature in 2009 changed the deadline date to 90 days before the election.“Previously, it was 60 days,” he said. “It appears to me that the deadline has now passed for filing petitions requesting that an issue under the Local Option Act be put on the ballot.”

Tips given for summertime horse care

August 11, 2010 Horses are unique among farm animals. They are not raised for a food source, but are raised to be athletes, with work as their primary function. They are asked to do many different types of work, from racing to trail rides.