Retired teachers to meet

February 4, 2010 The Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at noon Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. Vicki Presley from Arkansas Department of Health Hospice will speak on volunteer opportunities and the hospice program. All retired school employees are encouraged to attend, according to Sue Smith.

Ozarka taking LPN applications

February 4, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College is now accepting applications from those wanting to enroll for the 2010 fall classes of licensed practical nursing program in Ash Flat, Melbourne and Mountain View.  Students may apply until April 1 online at and completing an application for admission and selecting LPN as the program of study. The LPN program will be accepting applicants for the 18-month program at Melbourne, the 11-month programs at Ash Flat and Mountain View, as well as the new 11-month evening and weekend program at Melbourne.

Poet to read at Harding

February 4, 2010 SEARCY — The English Department at Harding University will host poet Andrea Hollander Budy for a reading of her works at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Cone Chapel on campus. It will be free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow the program.

Preschool accepting applications

February 4, 2010 Helping Hand Preschool is now accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year, which begins in August.Applications are available at 2610 E. Main St., Batesville. When registering a child, parents and guardians must present an original birth certificate, an up-to-date immunization record and proof of income.Enrollment is free only to those who meet age and family income guidelines. A child must be 3 by Aug. 1 and a have a gross family income not exceeding 200 percent. For example, a family of four cannot exceed $44,100 to qualify.

Rabid dog reported in Imboden

February 4, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A family’s pet dog, living in the community of Imboden in Lawrence County, has been confirmed rabid by the Arkansas Department of Health this week.

City offers $500 reward

February 4, 2010 SULPHUR ROCK — The city of Sulphur Rock is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the shooting of a glass door at city hall between Jan. 27 and 29, according to a press release from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.According to a report filed by Deputy Shawn Stephens, there were 28 holes shot in the safety glass window of the door, with a larger hole where a CO2 pellet gun type cartridge was thrown through the glass.

Marshal’s duties to be discussed

February 4, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to continue to discuss the marshal’s duties, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The aldermen will also hear monthly reports and review current bills.

United Way seeking applications

February 4, 2010 Applications are now being accepted for 2011 United Way funding, according to Robb Roberts, chairman of the Agency Relations Committee for the United Way of Independence County.Applying organizations must be non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organizations providing direct and meaningful service to the people of Independence County and must have been in existence for at least two years, according to a news release.

Coke bottling plant loses fizz

February 4, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — A Jonesboro Coca-Cola bottling plant is planning to close, putting 40 people out of work.Coca-Cola Enterprises says the facility is set to close by April 5 and move its operations to Little Rock, West Memphis and West Plains, Mo.Loren Lemons, a sales manager at the plant, says 40 employees who work in the warehouse and distribution area will lose their positions in Jonesboro. But they will be offered jobs in West Memphis or West Plains.

Lyon grad to speak about Kabul

February 4, 2010 Lyon College graduate Katie Shaver Ahmadzai will be on the Lyon campus Monday to give two brief talks about her experiences teaching in Kabul, Afghanistan, for the past four years. She will speak first to the APPLE Project students from 6-6:30 p.m., and then from 7-8 she will speak to education students and the campus community at large regarding her experiences. Everyone is invited to the 7 p.m. presentation, which will include photos and information about how to become an international teacher. The presentation will take place in Nucor Auditorium.