‘Undercover’ man jailed for stealing from speedway

May 11, 2010 A blanket wasn’t enough to hide a wanted man lying in bed Monday morning, but it didn’t stop him from trying anyway. Jessan Aaron Taylor, 21, of Griffin Road, Batesville, was already being hunted by the law on charges of felony theft by receiving and being a felon in possession of a gun, but is now facing charges of commercial burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief. These latest charges stem from an incident Sunday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway at Locust Grove.

Prayer shawl group to meet

May 11, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

Cemetery cleanup planned for Memorial Day service

May 11, 2010 GUION — Reeves Pine Grove Cemetery on Highway 58 West (Guion Road) will hold its annual work day at 8 a.m. May 22. In case of rain, the work day will be May 29. Anyone who has family members buried in the cemetery are asked to come and help with the cleanup of the grounds and building. The annual Memorial Day service will be May 30. Morning worship will be at 11 a.m. followed by a potluck on the grounds. Billy Brooks will be the speaker. The Hannahs, a Southern gospel group from Searcy, will sing during the afternoon service.

HWY 7 Band to perform

May 11, 2010 Jubilee Family Church will host a gospel concert by Hwy 7 Band from Russellville at 5 p.m. Sunday. The church is located at 45 Thunderbird St., about two miles east of the Batesville Walmart. For more information on the event, call Tony Hammack, pastor, at (870) 793-9124.

Compassionate Friends to meet

May 11, 2010 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 tonight at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville. The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

Batesville board calls meeting

May 11, 2010 The Batesville School Board will meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Vital Link board room to discuss personnel. No action will be taken, Superintendent Ted Hall said. Meetings are open to the public.

Council has light agenda

May 11, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will meet at 7 tonight for a routine monthly business session, Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne said. The aldermen will review current bills and hear departmental reports.

Cedar Ridge nets $9,500 grant

May 11, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School District was awarded $9,500 from the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program to promote a tobacco free environment. Funds from the grant provide supplies for tobacco free-related, school-based activities. Motivational speaker Ron Cole recently performed and spoke to students during an assembly promoting Tobacco Free Week.

CRC information session set

May 11, 2010 An information session regarding the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall in Room 102. The CRC is a credential based upon the WorkKeys assessments that confirms to employers that a job seeker possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st century jobs. WorkKeys measures the common skills required for success in the workplace.

Civil War group to meet

May 11, 2010 The Batesville Area Civil War Round Table will present “The Sesquicentennial: Why the Civil War Still Matters” at its annual meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank at 1325 Harrison St. Dinner will be catered by Fred’s Fish House and tickets are $8 per person at the door. Author and retired Arkansas State University professor Dr. Michael B. Dougan will be guest speaker. A book raffle for “River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War” will be held.