Art contest announced

January 13, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Fifth- and seventh-grade students throughout Arkansas are invited to participate in the 19th annual “Preserve Our Past” art invitational sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.Fifth- and seventh-graders can enter an artwork based on any Arkansas property that is at least 50 years old, focusing on how these places reflect Arkansas history or why it is important to preserve the state’s historic places. All entries must be postmarked by April 15.

UAPB to host science fair expo

January 13, 2010 Pine Bluff — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is preparing for the 2010 Science Fair Exposition to be Feb. 18 in the Kenneth L. Johnson, Jr. HPER Complex. Junior and senior high schools are invited to participate. The date has been set to enhance the readiness and competitiveness of students for the regional fairs at Monticello, Jonesboro, Batesville, Central Arkansas and the state fair at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

ASU to host Charles Holt

January 13, 2010 Jonesboro — Charles Holt returns to Arkansas State University in Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series, “When Having It All is Just Not Enough,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Student Union Auditorium, Reng Student Services Center/Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Snakes to be topic at Museum of Discovery

January 13, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Nature’s cold-blooded creatures are the focus of programs Jan. 20-23 at the Arkansas Museum of Discovery. Museum educators give presentations and demonstrations using the museum’s resident vertebrates. Organizers claim the sessions can even help people overcome their fear of snakes. The programs are on-going throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special arrangements are available for schools with group rates available.

Matthew 6:33 to attend retreat

January 13, 2010 In lieu of its regular scheduled meeting this Saturday night, Matthew 6:33 Singles Ministry will be attending the Independence Baptist Association Singles Retreat at the Bethesda Campground.Activities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday with dinner and then conclude at 4 p.m. Saturday. Those planning to attend will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow as well as bath linens and toiletry items.Anyone interested in attending the event may call Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at 761-8353 for more information.

Beginning Steps to meet

January 13, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging, conference room A at White River Medical Center.All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

Republicans to meet

January 13, 2010 The Independence County Republican meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. A Dutch-treat meal will be at 6 p.m.The event is open to the public.

Civil War group to meet

January 13, 2010 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Elizabeth Daigle will present a program entitled “Burying the Dead.” After the end of the Civil War, Southern women began the task of burying the dead. They arranged for bodies to be sent home, saw that they had coffins and were buried where their graves could be tended. In fact, it was Southern women who began the custom of Memorial Day, where graves were decorated with flowers.

Latin Mass choir to perform

January 13, 2010 The Lyon College Convocations Committee will present “An Evening of Traditional Latin Liturgical Music” by the Cherokee Village Latin Mass Community Choir at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Brown Chapel.This free lecture-performance will allow the audience to experience the beauty of various ancient liturgical music pieces that have been carefully preserved, not just for the ecclesiastical community, but as part of our spiritual, musical and cultural heritage.

National Guard delivering water

January 13, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Four towns that are enduring water-line problems will receive assistance from the Arkansas National Guard.Guard units are being dispatched to deliver water to Marshall and Leslie in Searcy County and Casa and Adona in Perry County. The Guard’s North Little Rock-based 87th Troop Command and Little Rock-based 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be involved in the deliveries.Gov. Mike Beebe approved the missions on Tuesday. A 5,000-gallon water tanker will be moved to Marshall and 400-gallon water buffaloes will be taken to Leslie, Casa and Adona.