Charges filed against woman in money theft

December 1, 2009 Felony charges of theft have been filed against a Batesville woman for allegedly short-changing deposits made for her employer, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Bittle said that on Oct. 8 of this year, Linda Rounds, manager of MSC Self Storage, reported that while she was away from the business due to a family death, an employee, identified as Rhonda K. Rogers, 41, had taken money from the company.

Pictures with Santa offered

December 1, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa group will host pictures with Santa from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Main Classroom Building, room 230. The activity is free but donations will accepted. All proceeds will be used for future activities.In addition to Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf will be available for parents and children to have their picture taken.

Strawberry River DAR to meet

December 1, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Strawberry River Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its final meeting of the year at 1 p.m. Thursday at the home of Regent Nancy Thurston.Members are reminded to bring items for the veterans holiday box. Items should be toiletries; nonperishable food such as candy and popcorn; calling cards; playing cards; and books or magazines.Committee chairmen are also asked to bring a copy of their reports for inclusion in the Master Questionnaire.

Country Christmas planned

December 1, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Women’s Country Christmas, consisting of a luncheon, fellowship and service, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, located at 101 Fairview St. in Melbourne.Flora Bolden of Earle will be the guest speaker.The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken. For more information, call Jennifer Martin, pastor, at (870) 283-4238.

Blood drives announced

December 1, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The American Red Cross has announced several upcoming blood drives.

Driving tests canceled

December 1, 2009 The Arkansas State Police will not be conducting any driving related tests in Batesville on Thursday.Testing will resume on a normal schedule on Dec. 8.

Kids’ Christmas workshop set

December 1, 2009 The Batesville Area Arts Council will sponsor a children’s workshop featuring mini-cookie house building from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.The workshop will be held at the council’s art gallery at 246 Main St. For more information or to register a child, call (870) 793-3382.

Lyon slates Honors Day

December 1, 2009 Students will have the chance to earn scholarships at Lyon College’s third Honors Day Saturday at the campus.Open to students accepted at Lyon College and having either a 3.25 grade point average or better or an ACT composite score of 24 or better, Honors Day is a four-part competition that gives prospective students a chance to earn scholarship money including full tuition, room, board, fees and books. Participants are guaranteed an academic scholarship of no less than $6,500 per year.

Oak Bluff to hold dinner, auction

December 1, 2009 The residents of the Oak Bluff community will hold their Christmas fellowship meal and fund-raising activity at noon Saturday at the Oak Bluff Community Center, located at 380 Oak Bluff Road (off Highway 25).A free potluck will be served, and an auction will follow. All proceeds from donations and the auction will go to charity.The event is open to the public.

Dessert theater scheduled

December 1, 2009 NEWARK — Newark elementary will host a Holiday Spectacular Dessert Theater at 6 p.m. Dec. 15.First-, second- and third-graders will perform musical numbers and gifted/talented classes will perform commercials they have written for local businesses. Desserts and drinks will be served. A large piece of cake and drink will cost $5 and a cupcake and drink will cost $2. Purchasing tickets early for reserve seating is recommended. For more information or tickets call Carol Woods or Heidi Street at (870) 799-8691.