WRP funding received

June 11, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced funding for the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Wetlands Reserve Program that will add an expected 75,000 additional acres to the approximately 2.2 million acres currently enrolled in the program. The funding will go to wetland conservation projects in Arkansas, 21 other states and Puerto Rico.The funding availability announced totals nearly $175 million. Arkansas is receiving $10,177,680 for the program.

13th Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival begins June 25

June 11, 2010 JASPER — Jasper and Newton County residents are busy preparing for their annual Buffalo River Elk Festival, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.The festival is scheduled for June 25-26.The award-winning festival began in 1998 to celebrate the successful reintroduction of elk to Newton County and has been an annual event every year since.The highlight of the festival is the AGFC’s drawing for elk hunting permits.

At least 12 confirmed dead in Arkansas floods

June 11, 2010 CADDO GAP (AP) — Flash floods triggered by more than a half-foot of rain wiped away campsites along a pair of southwestern Arkansas rivers early today. State police said a dozen people were killed and several others were stranded.The normally peaceful Caddo and Little Missouri rivers rose by 20 feet overnight, swamping hikers and campers spending the night in the remote and normally serene Ouachita Mountains. The area also includes second homes, hunting camps and U.S. Forest Service campgrounds.

Southside church offers VBS

June 11, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — A family vacation Bible school will be conducted next week at Southside Church of Christ, located at 2102 Batesville Blvd. in Southside. The theme is “Rise & Shine for Jesus.” Bible classes will be provided for all ages. Times are 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.The event is open to the public.

FilmFest screenwriting competition accepting entries

June 11, 2010 The Ozark Foothills FilmFest is accepting entries for its fourth annual Screenwriting Competition. The competition, the only one of its kind in Arkansas, is limited to writers who have not yet had a work produced or optioned. Entries are accepted in two categories: Feature Screenplay, 90-130 pages, and Short Screenplay, 30 pages or less.

Bible Bee scheduled

June 11, 2010 Fellowship Bible Church and Compass Church, both in Batesville, are jointly sponsoring a local Bible Bee competition this summer.This is a 12-week discipleship course for children which culminates in a Bible memory competition in August.Children ages 7-18 are eligible to register online, and then they will receive study materials. The contestants will study the memory verses and the New Testament Bible book of Colossians throughout the summer before competing for prizes in three age divisions.

Quartet will perform

June 11, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — Cross Point Quartet will perform at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church.Donations will be taken.The event is open to the public.

Doc to address: ‘What is so great about an annual exam?’

June 11, 2010 Dr. E.J. Jones, board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, will present a free seminar outlining the importance of annual gynecological exams. The seminar will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Conference Room B of the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging at White River Medical Center.Jones will discuss important health screenings that every women needs for good health as well as risks factors for illnesses that impact women’s health.

HeadHunters to perform

June 11, 2010 The Kentucky HeadHunters will headline the 67th annual White River Water Carnival’s Saturday night show. First Community and Bad Boy Mowers are lining up the Friday night entertainment, and more information will be released at a later date. The water carnival will be Aug. 6-7 in Batesville.

Man arrested on alleged possession of burglary tools

June 11, 2010  Reports of a grown man riding a child’s bicycle in west Batesville led to the arrest of a 53-year-old Batesville man on numerous charges early Monday morning.Independence County Deputy Duane Grice said around 1:30 a.m. he was talking to a woman regarding a report she had filed earlier when she told him of seeing a man carrying a white bag and riding a bicycle along Carter Street before he went behind a building on Central Avenue and then came out walking.