Republicans to meet

March 31, 2010 The Independence County Republican Party will meet for a Dutch treat dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.A business meeting will follow at 7. The agenda includes discussion of the Reagan Day dinner slated for April 17.The event is open to the public.

Library to be closed

March 31, 2010 The Independence County Library in Batesville will be closed Friday through Sunday in observance of Good Friday.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday.

Beginning Steps to meet

March 31, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday in conference room A of the Josephine Raye Rogers Women & Imaging Center at White River Medical Center.All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information call (870) 793-0627.

New pastor arrives Easter Sunday

March 31, 2010 Batesville Church of the Nazarene will welcome the Rev. Tim Brown with a service of installation at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with Dr. Randy Berkner, district superintendent of the North Arkansas District. Brown will be preaching.Over the past 22 years, Brown has pastored four churches in west Texas, North Carolina, St. Louis and most recently, Bradford, Pa., where he was for 10 years. He spent six years as an itinerant evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene, and has preached close to 200 revivals, camps and retreats in 38 states.

BBBS to host fundraiser

March 31, 2010 The Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas will host a Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser April 17 at the Hollywood Bowl in Batesville.Everyone is encouraged to bowl, donate or both, said Scarlett Barnes, event co-chairwoman. “Form a team with your co-workers, friends or family and by participating, you can help make a positive lasting impact on children, schools and neighborhoods right here in our community.”

McCall appointed

March 31, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City council member Jerry McCall was appointed mayor on Monday to replace Carl Walter Johnson, who is retiring.Johnson said McCall has served the city for more than two decades.“I think this will be my 26th year on the council,” McCall said this morning, adding that his appointment will be to serve the remainder of Johnson’s term, which expires at the end of the year.“I told them I would take it for this eight months,” McCall said. “The reason I got appointed is I am the senior member on the council and I’m retired.”

Guion storm 1929

March 31, 2010 Editor’s note: William E. “Bill” Wolford was just a small child when the tornado hit Guion. The following is an excerpt about the life and times of Wolford and was written by his daughter.William E. Wolford’s careers have been as varied as his interests. He has been in the army transport, laid linoleum, made monuments and opened several marble quarries. He has been an ice manufacturer, land developer and builder. He has also invented and patented several products.

Local museum wins major award

March 31, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville received the Arkansas Museums Association’s 2009 Exhibit of the Year–Produced In-house Award for the museum’s “Living Off the Land … Season by Season” exhibit.The award was presented during last week’s AMA annual conference hosted by Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.During the conference, a full-slate of informative sessions were attended by members of the AMA who represented most of the state’s museums, both large and small, with the theme of “Back to Basics.”