Park to celebrate Earth Day

April 20, 2010 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday with a variety of fun and educational nature and science programs, park officials announced.The event is targeted for students in grades 3-6. This event is free and space is limited. For information or to register a group call (870) 878-6595.

Class reunion scheduled

April 20, 2010 CHARLOTTE — The Cord-Charlotte graduating class of 1955 will have its 55-year reunion from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The event is open to all classmates, friends and relatives, according to Shirley Herzig.

Ozark Folk Center will host SweepIn

April 20, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View will be the site of a gathering of craftspeople honoring the centuries-old skill of broom making Friday through Sunday.The gathering, a first of its kind, has been named the “SweepIn” and will feature some of the most recognized Broom Squires from across the continent, officials said.

‘Discipline’ leads to battery charge

April 20, 2010 A man who said he was only trying to spank his child was charged with domestic battery. The class C felony charge was filed Monday in Independence County Circuit Court.Bond was set at $50,000 for Johnny J. Hildebrand Sr. after Investigator Lisa Earls with the Crimes Against Children Division was contacted.Earls said she reviewed the medical records of the child, who is under the age of 12, who had suffered a fractured left collarbone from the actions of Hildebrand on or about Feb. 27.

Choir to perform

April 20, 2010 The Lyon College Flute Choir, under the direction of Laura Stinson, will perform a concert of folk music from Europe and Asia at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Bevens Music Room on the Lyon campus.The program will feature Irish dancer Holly Geis. She will also perform Gordon Jacob’s Pied Piper for unaccompanied flute and piccolo. Meagan Bullock will sing two Irish tunes for soprano solo.

Confession obtained

April 20, 2010 Bond was set at $150,000 for a man who confessed to robbing the Desha Flash Mart on April 16 and to a residential burglary where he obtained a gun.According to the affidavit for arrest, Danny Foster of Batesville has been charged with aggravated robbery along with residential burglary and theft of property.Foster was taken into custody, along with a juvenile, when officers spotted them under the White River Bridge.

Hoxie 21, part 2

April 20, 2010 HOXIE — Born and raised in Lawrence County, Fayth Hill Washington has fond memories of her childhood in Hoxie.“We were very happy. I had a wonderful and supportive family. ... Mom, Dad, Brother (Wesley Hill), and my grandparents lived next door,” she said. Next door to them was Buddy Rasdon’s grocery store.

Old-Fashioned Games: Family Day resumes

April 20, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum continues its popular Family Day series with a celebration of spring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1, traditionally known as May Day, said Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator.“Admission for this event is free, but donations are always appreciated,”  Nikkel said.

Food drive to be May 8

April 20, 2010 The Batesville Post Office will hold its annual food drive for Batesville Help and Hope on May 8.The 2009 food drive was a success, as the carriers collected more than 6,000 pounds of food for the nonprofit organization, said Doug Davis, who serves as the food drive coordinator for the NALC Local Union 1684.The week of the event, postal customers will receive postcard reminders in their mailboxes.“People can put their donations in their mailbox, hang them from their mailbox or put them under their mailbox,” Davis said.

Coordinator sees need for donations

April 20, 2010 It was just last winter that Carolyn Wilson and another volunteer were talking about how cold it was. The mercury was below freezing, and Wilson mentioned her car’s seat hadn’t even warmed up before she got to work at Batesville Help and Hope.Then, a homeless man came in, and Wilson got a dose of reality.“He’d been living under the bridge, it was 13 degrees out and he was almost froze,” she recalled.