Ozark Folk Center to have open house

April 12, 2010 Mountain View — The Ozark Folk Center Craft Village will have an open house Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days and admission is free.“Park in the lower parking lot and start your tour with an old-time soda, iced cappuccino, fried peanuts, iced pickles or other treat at the General Store,” according to a news release. “Make sure to stop into Bubba’s Shop before you catch the shuttle to the top of the hill and take the ‘tourist test’ to prove just how local you are. ...

Board to meet tonight

April 12, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight in the high school cafeteria annex. Items on the agenda include principals’ reports, contract extensions and the hiring of personnel. Meetings are open to the public.

Council to hear reports

April 12, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains Town Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall to hear monthly departmental reports, Mayor Rick Siler said.A review of current bills completes the agenda.

JPs to name interim sheriff

April 12, 2010 On the agenda for tonight’s 6 p.m. Independence County Quorum Court meeting will be the declaration of vacancy of the county sheriff, as well as naming of a successor.The court will also discuss approval of legal expenses for the county hydro electric project lawsuit, as well as a request from District Judge Chaney Taylor for a budgeted position to be filled.The court meets in the juvenile courtroom on the second floor of the Jess B. Carpenter library building at Third and Main streets. All meetings are open to the public.

Woman accused of theft

April 12, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Lawrence County woman was arrested Friday for allegedly taking money from a business over the past several weeks.“The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police working together arrested Tamara Wright of Black Rock for theft of property,” sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.

Man charged with arson while in jail on bond

April 12, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Walnut Ridge man already in jail on a $200,000 bond for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine is now also charged with arson, Lawrence County sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said Friday.The sheriff’s department, the Walnut Ridge Police Department and the Arkansas State Police worked together to investigate the arson and prepare an arrest warrant for 35-year-old James Jeffery Woodson, Dotson said.The arson charge stems from a Walnut Ridge residence being damaged as a result of a fire on March 8, Dotson said.

Board to meet tonight

April 12, 2010 The Batesville School Board will hold a special-called meeting at 6 tonight in the administration office at 955 Water St. The board will meet with executive firm McPherson and Jacobson to continue in its search for the next superintendent of the Batesville School District.

Chamber to host breakfast

April 12, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Power Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. April 20 at Nucor Auditorium on the campus of Lyon College.Randy Zook, president/CEO of Arkansas State Chamber/AIA, will discuss health care reform. “Several of our members have expressed interest in learning more about the impact that the bill will have on their business,” said Crystal Johnson, chamber president/CEO. “We are pleased to provide our members and business owners in Independence County with information on this topic.”

Board calls meeting

April 12, 2010 The Community School Inc. of Batesville will have a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The public meeting will be held at White River Specialized Industries at 1550 Cottonwood St.

Compassionate Friends to meet

April 12, 2010 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday 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.