Pageant contestants sought

April 14, 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 April 21.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.

Bible conference set

April 14, 2010 ROSIE — Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church will host a “Fire From Heaven” Bible conference Sunday through April 21.Services are as follows:• 5 p.m. Sunday — speaker Derek Collins, pastor of Gethsemane MBC in Walnut Ridge• 7 p.m. Monday — Jerry Arnold, pastor of First MBC in Pottersville, Mo.• 7 p.m. Tuesday — Jim Chandler, pastor of Arbanna Baptist Church in Mountain View• 7 p.m. April 21 — Earl Stoner from Surrounded Hill MBC in Newport.

Church to host potluck

April 14, 2010 The Sharp United Methodist Church in Gainesboro will host a potluck supper at 5 p.m. Sunday. Clifford Wright and the Hurricane Creek Blue Grass Gospel Band from Hardy will provide entertainment.The event is open to the public.

Oak Bluff plans picnic

April 14, 2010 The Oak Bluff Community Center will host a spring picnic fundraiser on Saturday.A lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, and desserts will be served at noon, followed by games and prizes. The event is open to the public. Donations will be accepted. For more information call (870) 793-3955.

Doghouse to perform

April 14, 2010 Doghouse will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at Cajun’s Wharf in Little Rock.The band members include Doug Bernard, John Bradley, Ervin Lambert, Mark Tucker and Rob Emery.The band will open for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at Portfest in June.

11 convictions so far for texting while driving

April 14, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The sponsor of a law banning texting while driving in Arkansas says he’s somewhat sad that there have been just 11 convictions under the law thus far.The law went into effect Oct. 1. Two convictions have been reported in both Newport and Jacksonville and one each in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Heber Springs, Conway, Cabot, Sherwood and Pine Bluff.State Rep. Ray Kidd of Jonesboro says the number is kind of sad. But he says the law is mainly intended to bring attention to the danger of texting while driving.

Garbage pickup day changes

April 14, 2010 NEWARK — The garbage pickup day in Newark will change next week, just for that week only, Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston said. Garbage will be picked up on Tuesday rather than on Monday, she said.The regular schedule will resume week after next, Langston said.

Egg artist to speak

April 14, 2010 CAVE CITY — Royston Morris of Cherokee Village, an “egger” who creates egg art, will bring some samples of his creations to the Cave City Kiwanis Club meeting at noon Thursday in the Cave City Community Center, Kiwanian Avondale Street said.Morris is a native of England who has several hobbies, she said.In addition to creating egg art, Morris gardens, plays piano and golfs, Street said.The event is open to the public.

Tea Party to rally

April 14, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County The People Rule Tea Party will be having its third meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Izard County Fairgrounds. “Members of the public who are interested in finding ways to decrease the size of our federal government, curtail illegal immigration, decrease taxes, stop the incremental advance of Socialism, and restore the United States to its proper foundation as a sovereign Constitutional republic are invited to attend and participate,” according to a news release.

State: 7th-graders need booster shots

April 14, 2010 The Arkansas Department of Health is alerting parents that Arkansas children will be required to receive a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap or whooping cough) vaccine before entry into seventh grade per state regulations, officials said.Locally, the health department will be giving the vaccines:• May 3 — Southside; • May 4 — Midland;• May 10 — Batesville; and • May 20 — Cedar Ridge. Arkansas continues to see a high number of pertussis cases around the state, officials said.