Property owners to hear about Paragould fires

October 19, 2009 The Commercial Property Owners’ Association will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Chi Alpha Building, located at 161 W. Main St. in Batesville.The guest speaker will be Gina Jerrett, director of Main Street in Paragould, who will discuss the effects of two major Paragould fires on businesses, merchants and property owners.The event is open to the public.

James Payne to perform at John 3:16

October 19, 2009 CHARLOTTE — James Payne will be singing and sharing his testimony at John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte.A fish dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by the singing. The event is free and open to the public.Payne is a Grammy-nominated songwriter. He has written more than 2,000 songs and recently released his 24th recording project. His classic signature song “The Night Ole Jack Daniel’s Met John 3:16,” was not only a hit in gospel music, but also crossed over to country charts, according to a news release. It was also nominated for song of the year.

C-Ridge board to elect officers

October 19, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School board will reorganize when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library. Other items on the agenda include grant program and curriculum  presentations, consideration of the sale of a used school bus and financial reports and bills. The school is located at 1502 North Hill St., Newark.

Testing offered in Cord, Pleasant Plains, Floral

October 19, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Adult Education Department will offer free Pre-GED Testing in three rural locations beginning Oct. 26.Passing scores on the Pre-GED Test are required for individuals to register for the official GED Exam which is administered weekly on the UACCB campus. Test dates and locations are as follows:• Oct. 26 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Plains Community Center (Fire Department Area)• Oct. 27 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Floral Community Center

Lyon prepares for homecoming weekend

October 19, 2009 Lyon College is gearing up for not one but two celebrations during its 2009 Homecoming.The college will celebrate its traditional homecoming Friday through Sunday with a variety of activities involving current students and alumni. On Saturday, the College will also celebrate the inauguration of its new president, Dr. Donald V. Weatherman.Homecoming activities kick off Friday with a Pipers volleyball game versus Martin-Methodist in Becknell Gymnasium at 7 p.m. followed by a music department showcase in Bevens Music Room.

Domestic event is Thursday

October 19, 2009 Family Violence Prevention will host its 20th Annual Candlelight Vigil to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence as well as celebrate the stories of survivors. The Clothesline Project along with silent “witnesses” will be displayed Thursday at Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus..

Southside named FireWise community Program aims to protect homes from wildfires

October 19, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — How do you save your rural home from wildfires? Just ask the FireWise folks.Southside’s fire district was named the latest FireWise Community after meeting all criteria set by the National Fire Protection Association, said Michele Steinberg, FireWise communities support manager for the association, and FireWise Publications Manager Cheryl Blake, during a visit to the Southside Fire Station on Friday.

Concord district removed from fiscal distress list

October 19, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School District is off the state’s fiscal distress list.“I heard from lots of faculty and staff members who were just elated,” Dr. Mike Davidson, superintendent, said right after the announcement. “They’re just excited and elated. Everyone in the district was working very hard to get off that list ... they have turned this district around.”He’s feeling pretty good about it himself.Any school on the fiscal district list for two years may be forced by the state to consolidate or be annexed to other nearby districts.

Hunt makes for family fun

October 16, 2009 The addition of Sam, a new squirrel dog, to the family recently provided a very entertaining afternoon for myself and two teenage sons.Taylor, the youngest at 13, used his trusty .22 caliber rifle, while Jimmy, 15,  used a pump 12-gauge shotgun.We started the morning out with Sam treeing in several den trees before we decided to cross over a small ridge into a stand of hardwoods, and that’s when things began to get exciting under the tree.

High water stop hunts

October 16, 2009 AUGUSTA — This week’s heavy rains resulted in significant rises in the level of the White River. The flooding has forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to cancel the deer muzzleloader permit hunt on Henry Gray Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area in eastern Arkansas. The hunt was scheduled to begin Saturday and continue through Wednesday.Until water levels on the White River recede, archery deer hunting also is closed on the WMA.