• Automotive students to compete at Mark Martin Museum

    Twenty Arkansas high school automotive technology students have won the right to compete in the “hands-on” Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Quality Care Challenge.
    The contest will be held Saturday at the Mark Martin Museum in Batesville and will feature two-person teams from 10 high school automotive programs. The teams will race against the clock to diagnose and repair 10 deliberately “bugged” 2010 Ford vehicles. At stake are more than $120,000 in scholarships and a trip to Ford’s World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., to represent Arkansas in the national finals in June.

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  • Haddock reschedules fundraiser

    The Haddock Cemetery Association has rescheduled its fundraiser dinner to May 15 at Oak Bluff Community Center.
    The dinner had previously been slated for Saturday.
    Located about a mile northeast of the old Gainesboro Grocery on White Drive, Haddock Cemetery predates the Civil War. Anyone who would like to help with the restoration efforts may call William Coe at (870) 793-9520.

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  • Family learns hard way: Gar eggs are toxic

    HEBER SPRINGS (AP) — Take it from Darwin Aaron and his family in Cleburne County: gar eggs are poisonous.
    Tiffany Aaron says her husband, Darwin, and brother-in-law, Russell Aaron, took a long-nosed gar while spearfishing at Greers Ferry Lake on April 5. Gar meat is edible, so they figured they’d try the roe.
    They prepared the eggs that evening, with Darwin and Russell Aaron eating some, along with Darwin and Tiffany’s 10-year-old son, Carson.
    Carson was the first to start vomiting at about 1:30 a.m. Russell and Darwin soon were sick, too.

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  • Bethesda EHC

    BETHESDA — What is your favorite fruit? In response to this question seven members of the Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club answered roll call at their April 20 meeting. Responses included apples, peaches, kiwi, pineapple and two kinds of berries.

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  • Butterflies to be topic at meeting

    FAIRFIELD BAY — The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Indian Hills Country Club, 337 Snead Drive, Fairfield Bay. A Dutch treat dinner will be at 5:30.
    Jim Solomon of Clinton will present a program on “The Beauty and Habits of Butterflies and Moths.”
    The event is open to guests.

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  • Pie supper set for Friday

    HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — An old-fashioned pie supper will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Hutchinson Mountain Community Center.
    The public is welcome to bring a pie to be auctioned. Ronnie Gay will be the auctioneer. Proceeds will go to the upkeep of the Hutchinson Mountain Cemetery.
    A prize will be awarded for the best decorated box.
    Political candidates will be given an opportunity to make a short speech.

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  • Pageant date changed

    The Sparkle Beauty Pageant scheduled for this Friday has been postponed to 7 p.m. May 14.
    Entry forms may be picked up at Batesville High School, Batesville Junior High School or A Formal Affair.  
    For more information, call Tammy Gillmore at BHS at (870) 793-6846.

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  • Cemeteries to get cleaned

    Two area cemeteries have planned cleaning days for Saturday, according to news releases.

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  • Happenstance to perform

    CALICO ROCK — The Conway-based touring group Happenstance will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.

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  • Westport Casuals sets reunion

    A reunion for former Westport Casuals employees will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with a Dutch treat lunch at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.
    For more information call Thurman Richardson at (870) 251-2208, Joy Marlin at (870) 283-5706 or Annie Holland at (870) 799-8516.
    All former employees are encouraged to attend, Richardson said.

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  • Farm Bureau recognizes agents

    Several Batesville agents were recognized at the Farm Bureau Statewide Agents and Agency Managers meeting March 10 in Little Rock, according to a news release.
    Kirk Miller was presented with the “Grand Slam” award, with his choice of a leather jacket, for winning four major contests.
    Keith Davis was presented with the “Master Agent,” and the “Grand Slam” awards. He also had an additional diamond added to his “Million Dollar Ring” for his outstanding life production in 2009.

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  • Church plans Family Day, offers child care

    The Batesville First Assembly church will host a “Family Day for Single Parents” beginning at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.
    Activities will include a pizza dinner and bowling at Hollywood Bowl in Batesville. The event is free.
    Participants can sign up at the church or call (870) 793-5489.
    First Assembly is also offering free child care the second Thursday of every month for parents.
    “We will provide activities and supper for your children from 6:30-8:30 p.m., so you can date your mate or take a break, at no cost to you,” a news release states.

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