Angel D. Crabtree of Batesville has announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on Oct. 27, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and has been named Wendy Marie Crabtree.
Grandparents of the child are William and Wendy Crabtree.
Great-grandparents are Chester and Maggie Crabtree and the late David E. and Norma Smith.
Karen Neal, staff member of Batesville Eye Care Center at 2615 Harrison St., has successfully completed the certified paraoptometric examination and has met all the requirements necessary to earn the title of certified paraoptometric assistant, according to a news release from The American Optometric Association.
The purpose of the examination is to ensure a level of knowledge to perform the functions of patient care in the optometric office.
CALICO ROCK — Project Director Wayne Wood has called for a meeting to finalize plans to move the Trimble Log Cabin from Dolph to Calico Rock.
Those interested in helping with this project should attend the meeting at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Calico Rock Community Room. Turn off Highway 56 at the library sign.
The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.
The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
BLACK ROCK — The seventh annual Foothills Festival will be held in Black Rock Friday through Sunday.
The event features the Show and Shine Antique Car Show, lawn mower races with amateur and professional categories, dancers, a quilt show, live entertainment, Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast, gospel music, beauty pageant, and musical group Bottom of the Barrel Boys as well as a music service on Sunday.
Batesville chapter AARP members will have a luncheon meeting Tuesday at Western Sizzlin. The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. The guest speaker will be Loretta Echols, hub coordinator for AARP’s northeast Arkansas area. The club will also vote on officers for the incoming year.
The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to the public.
DRASCO — The Fairfield Bay League of Women Voters will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Methodist Church Fellowship Room.
Cleburne County Tax Assessor Trina Jones will speak on the process of determining property taxes, and she will take questions from the audience.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization founded in 1920. The group studies issues, not candidates, and has members from Van Buren, Cleburne, Stone and Independence counties.
Frank Hilbert, chief information officer for White River Health System, recently earned credentials as a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Hilbert is one of the first Information Technology (IT) executives in the U.S. to earn Certified Healthcare CIO status. CHCIO status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. It is the only credentialing program that distinguishes health care IT executives from others in the industry.
MELBOURNE — The Izard County Veterans Memorial Association will present a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Melbourne High School Auditorium.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence will be the master of ceremonies. Richard Dawe, president of Ozarka College and a retired Navy captain will be the guest speaker. Vanessa Howard and the Melbourne High School Choir will sing patriotic songs and the high school band will also be playing. Members of Company B 2nd Battalion 153rd Regiment will also be part of the ceremony.
The Humane Society of Independence County is having its annual Portraits for Pets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the shelter facilities, #5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.
Those wanting to have their portraits taken with their pets should call and reserve a time slot. Matthews Photography will once again be providing services, and there is no sitting fee — customers just pay for the photo package they want.
All the proceeds from this fundraiser go to the humane society. To book an appointment, call (870) 698-1265 or (870) 613-3045.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas House members on Wednesday rejected a rule requiring them to find the cheapest route when traveling out of state at taxpayer expense.
The proposal was among several proposed rule changes from a group of Republican legislators that was rejected by the Democratic-led House. The House approved changes to the 100-member chamber’s rules to prepare for the first fiscal session next year under a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to meet annually.