• Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter, UDC

    The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held a Dutch treat luncheon for its August meeting at the Batesville Country Club. Special guests for the event were Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lawrence of Pine Bluff.
    President Mary Miller called the meeting to order, welcomed members and guests, and led the Ritual, including the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and the salutes to the Arkansas, Confederate and Christian flags.
    Invocation was prayed by Sherrie Stagner, acting chaplain.

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  • Delegates attend ASEA event

    Angela Clark and Dorothy Hoffman, both of Batesville, and Betty Castling of Newark attended the 42nd annual convention of the Arkansas State Employees Association held in Little Rock on Aug. 13-14, as delegates.
    Hoffman, an employee of the Office of Child Support Enforcement, attended as a delegate in her position as president of the association’s Independence County chapter.

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  • Al-Anon holds meetings

    Al-Anon meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Batesville.

     

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  • Benefit events scheduled

    MELBOURNE — The Dream Riders Biking for Children Chapter E will hold its third annual Fish Fry, Poker Run and Rodeo Saturday at the Izard County Fairgrounds, according to a news release.
    Proceeds will go to provide for needs of disabled and handicapped children.
    The first bike on the poker run will leave at 9 a.m. and the last bike out is at 10. The last bike out is to be back in by 2 p.m. Participation in the poker run is $10 and an extra hand is $5.

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  • Newark church to host ‘Good News Jamboree’

    NEWARK — Newark Assembly of God will host a free “Back To School Good News Jamboree” at 6 p.m. Sunday.
    The First Assembly of God of Heber Springs and Victory Family Worship Center of West Plains, Mo. will join Newark Assembly of God for the event, which will include testimonies, a drama, preaching, food and fellowship, according to a news release.
    “Christians of all ages will meet together for one purpose, to celebrate Jesus, and encourage one another in their personal walk with God,” the release continues.

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  • Prayer shawl group meets

    BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams.
    For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

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  • Raffle, concert will benefit Calico Rock Museum

    CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum Foundation is selling raffle tickets on three items. The winning tickets will be drawn and announced at the concert, but the winner does not have to be present.
    The items include an autographed Mark Martin NASCAR racing jacket (valued at $300), a 30/30 shotgun (valued at $300 and donated by Glen and Pat Foster), and an original painting by Brooke Barksdale (valued at $200 and on display at the Calico Rock Artist’s Cooperative).

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  • Topley, Crossett wed

    BENTONVILLE — Lisa Topley and Scott Crossett were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony recently.
    A private ceremony was conducted at the home of the groom’s grandmother, Carolyn Hancock, in Conway. A formal beachside ceremony was held July 5 at Barcelo Maya Palace Resort on the Mexican Riviera.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Topley of Peachtree City, Ga. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Harry Crossett of Batesville.
    The bride wore an ivory silk halter-styled gown. She carried a bouquet of orange and yellow lilies.

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  • Mosquerade at Ground Zero

    There is only one halfway-decent reason why a mosque should be built two blocks away from Ground Zero in New York. It’s called the First Amendment. Maybe you’ve heard of it: that’s the one that lets pretty much anybody say pretty much anything they want, and yes, that includes worshipping whatever goofy deity they choose. Mohammed. Thor. The Prince of Peace. King of Pop. John Coltrane. LeBron James. Baba Ganoush. Twiggy. Cher.

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  • Krystal’s ‘Precious Miracle’

    “Hey lady! Hey lady!” she hollered, almost protesting, as she and the older man at her side approached the counter of the Montgomery, Ala. Krystal’s.
    Expecting to see a belligerent customer impatient for her food at the restaurant commonly known for its bite-size hamburgers, I was taken aback when I turned around to find a young girl, about 12, instead.
    “Hi, welcome to Krystal’s,” the clerk said, smiling.
    “What‘s your dog‘s name?” the young girl continued.
    “I don’t have a dog,” the clerk replied.
    “Do you have any animals?” the girl asked.

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  • California parolee busted in Lyon accident

    Not supposed to leave his home state, a California parolee was busted in Batesville Sunday morning after he allegedly got drunk and ran his 2006 Ford pickup through a metal gate at Lyon College.
    Brian William Gaal, 33, of Mentone, Calif., was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. after police got several calls complaining of a reckless driver in east Batesville.

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  • Found purse lands man in jail for theft

    A shopping trip to Harp’s Grocery Monday evening had different results for Jeannette Cooper and Jason R. Conway.
    Cooper drove off and left her purse in a shopping cart in the parking lot. Around 6 p.m., Conway found the purse, but didn’t turn it in to management. Instead, he allegedly pushed the cart over to his car and placed the purse inside before going into the store to meet his girlfriend.

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