Movie to be screened

March 30, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“The Passion of the Christ” will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting. From Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson comes a profound story of courage and sacrifice depicting the final 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ. Featuring stunning cinematography and an inspired performance by Jim Caviezel, “The Passion of the Christ” is a triumphant and uncompromising filmmaking achievement, a news release states.

Fish, chicken dinner offered

March 30, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community will host a fish and chicken dinner from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the community center.  “This is a buffet meal with drink and dessert included,” community member Mary Lou Clark said. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under.

Albert Sidney Johnston, UDC

March 30, 2010 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its March meeting recently at the Batesville Country Club.President Mary Miller called the meeting to order, welcomed members and guest Charlotte Paliquin, and thanked Sue Richmond for the bouquet of daffodils. She led the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of American, the pledge to the Arkansas flag, the pledge to the Confederate flag, the pledge to the Christian flag, and the Ritual.Chaplin Madge Stephens of Melbourne offered the blessing on the Dutch treat luncheon.

Church to host Easter drama

March 30, 2010 First Church United Pentecostal will host an Easter drama, “The Christ: His Passion, Our Hope” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.The church is located at 240 White Drive in Batesville, across from the fairgrounds.For more information call (870) 793-4723 or visit

Jackson County man killed

March 30, 2010 TUCKERMAN — A 53-year-old Tuckerman man is dead after he was hit by a train Friday night.According to Jackson County Investigator David Platt, the sheriff’s office was called around 10:05 p.m. The Tuckerman police and fire department responded to the call also.Documents at the scene identified the man as 54-year-old Dewayne L. Bateman of Tuckerman.

Egg hunt scheduled

March 30, 2010 DESHA — The Southside Assembly of God Children’s Church will host a community Easter egg hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Desha park. Activities will include face painting, a coloring contest and a bounce house, a news release states. The event is free. Free hot dogs, dessert and drinks will be available. A drawing will be held for five large Easter baskets and patrons must be present to win.

Business After Hours slated

March 30, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and White River Health System will host a Business After Hours from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women & Imaging Conference Center.For more information about Business After Hours events, call the chamber at (870) 793-2378.

Woman jailed for taking daughter

March 30, 2010 An incident of a child being taken from an Independence County home has resulted in the issuance of a warrant and arrest of the child’s 27-year-old non-custodial mother.In a court affidavit Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said that at approximately 8:10 p.m. March 23, Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch took a report regarding a missing child who had been taken from a residence by the child’s mother. According to the affidavit, Foster was allowed to have visitation with the child who was staying for a short time with a grandmother.

Man faces contributing charges

March 30, 2010 ASH FLAT — A Hardy man arrested Saturday has been charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver reported.“Deputy Brian Coble responded to 84 James St. in Hardy in reference to a complaint of underage girls at that location with a possible sex offender. After arriving at the home, Deputy Coble was able to identify two female juveniles who had apparently been drinking,” Weaver said.Both juveniles identified the suspect who had supplied them with alcohol as Samuel Mullins of Hardy.

Sharp Co. inmate escapes

March 30, 2010 ASH FLAT — A work release inmate escaped Monday afternoon as he was completing his day of work and was still at large at 9:20 this morning, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Michael Shane Mallonee, 20, was being held in the Sharp County Jail for probation revocation.“Mallonee was allowed to be on work release and was being dropped off at the county yard after completing his day of work. A white SUV pulled up and Mallonee jumped into the vehicle and fled,” said Weaver.