Watercolor workshop set

October 2, 2009 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a watercolor workshop for beginning and intermediate painters from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 22-23 at its gallery at 246 E. Main St.Guest artist/instructor will be Richard Stephens, a freelance commercial artist and graphic designer.The fee for the workshop is $125, with a $50 deposit required along with preregistration. For more information call BAAC at (870) 793-3382.

‘Exploring’ comes to ASU

October 2, 2009 JONESBORO — “Exploring the Frontier: Arkansas 1540–1840” opens Saturday at the Arkansas State University Museum and runs through March 2010, according to a news release. This Arkansas Discovery Network Road Trip offers visitors the opportunity to simulate planning an expedition and tracking their journey, along with other activities.

Rio chosen for 2016 Olympics

October 2, 2009 COPENHAGEN (AP) — The 2016 Olympics are going to Rio de Janeiro, putting the games in South America for the first time.Rio beat surprise finalist Madrid in the last round of voting.Chicago was knocked out in the first round — in one of the most shocking defeats ever handed down by the International Olympic Committee — and Tokyo was eliminated in the second round.

Scrapping class offfered

October 2, 2009 Melbourne — The division of continuing education at Ozarka College will offer a scrapbooking class geared for holiday gift giving beginning Oct. 15 and continuing each Thursday through Nov. 19. The class will take place from 6-8 in the Walter B. Hall Building at Ozarka College in Melbourne each evening.

UPS driver recognized

October 2, 2009 OKLAHOMA CITY — Adreian Balentine, a package car driver for UPS, was recently recognized by the company for completing 25 years without an accident, according to a news release.Balentine works out of the facility located at 11 Pepsi Cola Road, Batesville. He presently provides service in the Newport area. Balentine and his wife, Mary, live in Newport.Supervisor Shane Gregg presented Balentine with the 25-year safe driving award, recognizing his achievement.

Workshop offered to small businesses

October 2, 2009 Jonesboro — The Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be offering a free seminar Tuesday at the ASU Technical Center in Jonesboro on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: “What’s In It for Small Business?”The seminar will be from 1-4 p.m. at the ASU Technical Center, 5504 Krueger Drive in Jonesboro.

Pilot error blamed for fatal helicopter crash

October 2, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A deadly helicopter crash near Quitman that killed a wildlife officer is being blamed on the pilot’s failure to execute an emergency maneuver.The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that the error made during a forced landing likely caused the crash of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission helicopter. The NTSB report also says the loss of rotor rpm contributed to the crash.Monty Carmikle of Heber Springs died in the crash. Pilot Jerry Fryar of Ozark was treated at a Conway hospital.

Army deserter arrested in Ark.

October 2, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies say an Arkansas woman who allegedly deserted the Army in April 2008 has been arrested near her hometown.Baxter County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Lewis says a deputy arrested 25-year-old Naomi Christine Hobbs of Mountain Home after a traffic stop Wednesday in the town of Cotter. Lewis says the deputy ran Hobbs’ name through a national database and discovered the Army wanted her for desertion.

Food drive announced

October 2, 2009 Fitness Bootcamp Unlimited will host a food drive to benefit Batesville Help and Hope.Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted from 5 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Nov. 2. Those donating a bag of food will receive a free week of classes.Fitness Bootcamp is located at 750 Lawrence St. in Batesville.

Hammerfest planned

October 2, 2009 Mountain View — The sound of hammers striking anvils will add a counterpoint to the music at the Ozark Folk Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 as Hammerfest and the craft of ironwork are celebrated, according to a news release. Blacksmiths will be demonstrating techniques throughout the day that include forge welding, iron sculpting and tool making at the Blacksmith Shop in the Craft Village.