What’s going on this weekend in the Batesville area:

April 15, 2010 Friday• 48th annual Arkansas Folk Festival, Mountain View. Handcrafted goods, music, talent show, frontier life demonstrations, parade, dancing and more. Call 1-888-679-2859 or visit www.ArkansasFolkFestival.com. In conjunction with this, the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village will have an open house with free admission (music shows extra) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (870) 269-3851 or go to www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.• Mark Trammell Quartet in concert, 7 p.m., Oxford Baptist Church.

4-H’ers attend global youth conference

April 15, 2010 Leigh Ann Bridgers, a member of the Cave City Livestock 4-H Club, and Laman Fountain, a member of the Batesville 4-H Club recently attended the Kansas City 4-H Global Conference, in Kansas City, Mo.

Free smoke detectors, fire extinguishers offered

April 15, 2010 The Batesville Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and will install them at no charge. This service is only available to residents in the city limits.The fire department received a $2,500 grant from State Farm to buy 516 smoke detectors including batteries then bought the fire extinguishers at a fraction of the retail price through federal surplus.

UACCB’s SGA, PTK to host meet and greet

April 15, 2010 Candidates running for office in Independence County are invited to attend a meet and greet at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville on April 27.The meet and greet is hosted by the Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and will start at 6 p.m. in Independence Hall, 140 West. Designated tables will be available for candidates to place campaign materials and visit with the public. At 7, candidates will be given two minutes to make a statement to attendees.

Progress edition coming

April 15, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will again publish its Progress edition this summer.The edition is published every five years and offers updates made in the community, business and agriculture, public service and industry sectors — how they’ve grown, what’s new, what’s been updated, etc.To find out more information on how to list your business, industry, club or organization, call the Guard at (870) 793-2383 to have a form faxed to you, or pick up a form at our office at 258 W. Main St.

Pageant contestants sought

April 15, 2010 The Batesville High School yearbook staff will host the 2010 Sparkle Pageant at 7 p.m. April 23 in the Batesville School Auditorium.Categories include newborn through 12th grade for both male and female, English/journalism teacher Tammy Gillmore said. The entry fee is $15 and the deadline to enter is Wednesday.Contestants will be judged on appearance and poise, and are asked to dress in their Sunday best or pageant wear. For more information, call Gillmore at (870) 793-6846.

Yard sale is Saturday

April 15, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa and Circle K International will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.The sale will be located in front of the Main Classroom Building on the UACCB campus. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Two face drug charges

April 15, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — An Imboden couple face drug charges after being picked up Wednesday by Lawrence County sheriff’s officers and the Arkansas State Police, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.Adult probation and parole officers also assisted in the 3 p.m. arrest of 53-year-old Wayne “Country” Pittman and 44-year-old Dianna Cheatham for cultivating a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

AG: Can’t issue opinion on federal law

April 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office cannot issue an opinion on whether the federal health care overhaul is constitutional.McDaniel said in a legal opinion issued by his office Wednesday that the attorney general is not required to advise lawmakers and state officials on federal law unless the questions involve or require the interpretation of state law.A group of Republican legislators had asked McDaniel’s legal opinion on the constitutionality of the health care law.

Civil War era’s Peace Society to be explained

April 15, 2010 Though still little known to the public, in part because it was a secret organization, the Peace Society was important to the Civil War effort in Arkansas — a Mid-South state that contributed more Union soldiers than any other besides Tennessee, according to historian and author James J. Johnston.The Peace Society remained active during the Reconstruction period, when some of the society’s members were also linked to the Freedmen’s Bureau network.