Community garden plots available

April 7, 2010 A Friends of the White River Community Garden meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Independence County Extension Office at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville for anyone interested in a gardening plot in the new community garden, according to Susan Shawver of the local Master Gardeners program.Applications for those wishing to participate in this year’s garden will be taken and rules discussed.

Woman charged for Facebook postings

April 7, 2010 ARKADELPHIA (AP) — A 16-year-old boy claims his mother slandered him on his Facebook page and has filed charges against her.Denise New of Arkadelphia is charged with harassment and her son — whose name was not released — is asking that New be prohibited from contacting him.Authorities say the boy lives with his grandmother — who has custodial rights.New says she believes she has the legal right to monitor her son and plans to fight the charges.Prosecutor Todd Turner said he can’t comment because of the son’s age.

AG rejects group’s health care ballot measure

April 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Tuesday rejected a group’s proposed ballot measure to block Arkansas from enforcing the new federal health care law, saying it would violate the U.S. Constitution.It was the second time McDaniel rejected a proposed ballot measure put forward by Secure Arkansas to keep the federal government from forcing state residents to buy health insurance. The head of the group said it was likely to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Civil War group to meet

April 7, 2010 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Ken Woodworth will present a program entitled “My Great-Great-Grandfather in the War.”

Veterans wall needs donations

April 7, 2010 ASH FLAT — A group of local citizens is currently trying to raise money for the veterans memorial in Ash Flat, as its yearly note is due again at the bank, according to Renee Clay-Circle. She and Nathan Circle recently donated $1,000 for bricks to be added to the American Veterans Memorial Wall.“It is not too late to buy a brick,” Clay-Circle said. “For just $50 per brick you can honor your own service or that of your favorite veteran.”

Fundraiser set at Cave City

April 7, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Kiwanis Club is selling Boston pork butts for Mother’s Day as a fundraiser, secretary Dettye Broughton said.The cost is $25. They will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8 at the Bank of Cave City.Purchase requests for the pork butts are available at the Bank of Cave City, the Cave City Pharmacy, the Cave City Library or from any Cave City Kiwanis member.“The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to service projects sponsored by the Cave City Kiwanis Club,” Broughton said.

Ozarka to host carnival

April 7, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College will host a Spring Carnival from 4 to 6 p.m. April 15 in front of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne. The event is free to Ozarka College students, their families and the community.

School to host tournament

April 7, 2010 Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary will host the Batesville Pioneer 3-D Archery Tournament on April 16 and 17 at the school gymnasium located at 600 Eagle Mountain Blvd. The fundraiser will benefit all five district teams that have qualified for the National Archery in the Schools Program national and world archery tournaments. The event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. April 16 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 17. Cost is $10. Participants, who will be divided into youth ages 8-12 and adults 13 and older, are allowed to bring their own bows or one will be provided.

Brockwell singing is Sunday

April 7, 2010 BROCKWELL — The Izard County Singing Convention will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Brockwell Music School Auditorium.“The public is invited and encouraged to come and sing with us or just listen as we continue to keep the Southern gospel music alive in Izard County,” Anna Floyd said. “Our new song book is a hit with the kids, but please bring the old one from last year.”For more information call Mike Haney at (870) 368-4146 or Floyd at 368-5012.

Local girl wins crown

April 7, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — McKinley Fox, 10, of Batesville recently won the title of Pre-Teen Miss Folk Fest.  Fox also won in the overall talent, 11 and under, at Mountain View, according to a news release.