Lake Charles sets WW2 event

August 12, 2009 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will be the site Sept. 12 for a World War II reenactment.Living history will be going on throughout the day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A battle reenactment is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday. The park staff wants to personally invite any World War II veterans to attend to be recognized for their service. This event is to honor all who served in World War II. Veterans, family members and friends are encouraged to share their story.

50-mile yard sale planned

August 12, 2009 CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce will present the “Heavenly Highways Yard Sale” Sept. 11 and 12.The sale will be along Highway 5 from Mountain View to Calico Rock then loop onto Highway 56 to Highway 177, going through Pineville, all the way to Salesville and back down to Calico on route 177 South.

‘Grease’ scheduled

August 12, 2009 Slicked back hair, poodle skirts, singing and dancing will have patrons feeling like they stepped back in time when the Batesville Community Theatre and Fusion Dance Academy present “Grease” the musical. Showtime will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Brown Chapel on the campus of Lyon College. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students ages 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the door.

Rural Fire Protection Grant Program announced

August 12, 2009 The Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils recently mailed out 2009 grant applications to participating fire departments of the Rural Fire Protection Program, according to a news release.

Some 200 soldiers mobilized

August 12, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — About 200 soldiers with the Jonesboro-based 875th Engineer Battalion have been mobilized for duty in Afghanistan.The Arkansas National Guard received the mobilization order Friday and released it publicly Tuesday after contacting the soldiers.The soldiers are expected to clear roadways of bombs and land mines while in Afghanistan.Guard officials say the soldiers will mobilize in early November and head to Fort McCoy, Wis., for about 60 days of training. They’re expected to leave in January for a one-year deployment.

Lyon College named one of ‘America’s Best Colleges’

August 12, 2009 Lyon College is once again on a select list of “America’s Best Colleges,” according to, in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), has released its rankings of “America’s Best Colleges,” ranking Lyon College 144th out of the nation’s 4,000 colleges and universities. The college is ranked second among schools in Arkansas.

Account opened

August 12, 2009 A benefit account has been opened at First Community Bank in Batesville to help defray medical and funeral expenses for Kenleigh Brooke Boyett-Casper. Kenleigh Brooke Boyett-Casper, 5-month-old daughter of Steven Casper and Lacy Boyett, both of Batesville, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009.The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Gyles joins hospital staff

August 12, 2009 General surgeon Dr. Nicholas Gyles has joined the medical staff at White River Medical Center in Batesville and Stone County Medical Center in Mountain View, according to a news release.Gyles received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He completed residency training in surgery at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo., and completed a trauma surgery fellowship at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis.