• Golf classic to raise funds

    Golfers from all over the northcentral Arkansas will be at the Searcy Country Club today to participate in the eighth annual Sonic North Central Arkansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Classic, according to area FCA director David Parker.
    “This four-person scramble greatly benefits the North Central Arkansas FCA ministry and provides an opportunity for a local team or teams to qualify for the FCA National Scramble Finals at the Tournament Players Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in November,” Parker said in a press release.

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  • Ozarka to offer GED test 

    MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. May 7 and 20 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building.
    The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations:
    • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, May 5 and 19;
    • Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, May 4 and 11;
    • Mountain View — Ozarka College, May 5 and 12;
    • Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, May 11 and 26.

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  • Wheeler, Lloyd set to solemnize vows

    FAYETTEVILLE — Mike and May Wheeler of Fayetteville, formerly of Batesville, have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Alicia Wheeler, to Mason Lloyd, son of Efton and Leta Lloyd of Rogers.
    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sue Wheeler of Desha and the late Jim Wheeler and the late Warner and Clara Emmons of Dermott.
    She received a bachelor of science in organizational management from John Brown University.
    She is employed in multi-family marketing and as a sales representative for Cox Communications in Bentonville.

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  • Family & Friends Briefs

    Cord center to host band

    CORD — The Cord Senior Citizens Center hosts a country and western band every Friday night beginning at 7.
    The event is open to the public. For more information, call Delia Jones at (870) 799-8148.

     

    Lyon schedules poetry reading

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  • Grace Whitney Beatres Richey

    Travis and Crystal Richey of Smithville have announced the birth of a daughter at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center in Little Rock on April 17, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and has been named Grace Whitney Beatres Richey.
    Grandparents of the child are Robin Qualls of Strawberry and Jim and Mary Richey of Lynn.
    Great-grandparents are Aris and Sue Norman of Strawberry.

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  • Cayden Alan Pomranky

    Samantha Pomranky of Batesville has announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on April 9, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Cayden Alan Pomranky.
    Grandparents of the child are Jerry and Pauletta Waugh, Curt and Jolene Pomranky and Michael and Linda Martin of Newark.
    Great-grandparents are Claudell Hallmark, Cleave and Rose Weiss, Frank Ciamaricone Sr. of Delaware, Alan and Sue Pomranky of Tennessee, Hayden and Christine Bell and Glyndith Griffin of Newark.
    Great-great-grandparents are Art and Vivian Pomranky of Michigan.

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  • Samuel Gene Burton

    Michael and Stacey Burton, Emma, Warren and Annabelle of Hardy have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on April 20, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and has been named Samuel Gene Burton.
    Grandparents of the child are Gene and Peggy Griffin and Dennis and Karen Burton.
    Great-grandparents are Ray and Oleta Burton and Zolton and Cecelia Orosz.

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  • Finding one’s calling

    This is an open letter to next month’s graduating seniors.

    Dear Seniors,
    If you want to succeed in life but aren’t quite certain how to, that’s because life offers you different options. In fact, life’s a lot like “Let’s Make a Deal.” You’re about to have to choose Door 1, Door 2, or Door 3.

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  • Wait’ll next year, part 2

     So here we go again. It’s 2009 and the Chicago Cubs look like they might very well be the best team in the National League.
    Good hitting has long been a Cubs’ hallmark. Alfonzo Soriano homered in the eighth inning last Friday to beat the traditional rival Cardinals. Aramis Ramirez one-upped him Saturday, hitting his two-run homer in the 11th for the walk-off win. The Cubs have plenty of hitting.

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  • Area Briefs

    Election commission to meet

    The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the basement of the county courthouse in Batesville.
    The commission will discuss the Help America Vote Act in 2010, the newly proposed hardware maintenance plan with Election Systems & Software and next year’s budget requirements.
    Justices of the peace have been invited. All meetings are open to the public.

     

    Marine from Arkansas dies in Iraq

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  • UK residents enjoy visit to Batesville

    A Batesville couple is hosting three Scottish natives this week but they weren’t here for the Arkansas Scottish Festival. In fact, they didn’t even go, although it’s not because they didn’t want to.
    Ruth Caird of Musselburgh, Scotland and her daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Lawrence Illingworth of Yorkshire, England, came for the wedding of Ruth’s granddaughter, Kathleen Highsmith, daughter of John and Sandra Malin of Batesville.

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  • Fire damages café

    MAGNESS — Fire heavily damaged a rear portion of Rick’s Whistle Stop barbecue in Magness Thursday afternoon.
    The Newark Fire Department was paged to the eatery around 2 p.m., with the Sulphur Rock department responding to assist a short time later, after an overheated meat smoker caused a fire to break out and destroy an outdoor “add-on” cooking area of the café.
    Although flames were so intense that metal walls and roofing were melted away, and food freezers were destroyed, no serious damage was reported to the main part of the business.

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