Cooper Tire to expand Texarkana factory

October 6, 2009 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has announced it will add 200 jobs to its Texarkana operation and start running the plant around the clock, seven days a week.The company said in a news release Monday that it is seeing increased demand for its tires. The added work is scheduled to start Jan. 1.

Dessert theater to be at Lyon

October 6, 2009 “Down in Littletown,” a play by poet laureate Clayton Scott of Fayetteville, will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Lyon College.The play is about a child who grew up in an abusive home and vowed to never return. Thirty-four years later he returns to take care of an ailing grandfather and uses an old typewriter to peck out poems that tell the story of his youth, according to a news release.Tickets for adults are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Student tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Movie to be screened

October 6, 2009 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7:30 p.m. Friday.Walt Disney’s animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune into 88.1 FM for the audio.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.

Strawberry River DAR to mark anniversary with tea

October 6, 2009 HORSESHOE BEND — The Strawberry River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend. All members are invited to attend to help celebrate this important event.The Strawberry River Chapter became a reality on Oct. 13, 1979 at the Clubhouse in Horseshoe Bend, after a phoned confirmation with the NSDAR Board in Washington, D.C.

Barbecue supper planned

October 6, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Strawberry Fire Department will have a barbecue supper beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the fire station. Carry-out meals will be available. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 11 and free for children 4 and under. All proceeds go to the fire department.

Batesville student wins scholarship

October 6, 2009 Recent Batesville High School graduate Miranda “Shea” Wilkerson has been named recipient of a $500 Suddenlink Communications Scholarship.

Maybelles to appear at Ozark Folk Center

October 6, 2009 Mountain View —The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View will host The Maybelles in concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12; season passes will be honored. For more information call (870) 269-3851 or visit

Lyon to host carnival

October 6, 2009 Alpha Xi Delta is hosting its annual Quarter Carnival starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday outside the Lower Union on the Lyon College campus.The event is an elementary-style carnival for the students of Lyon. Each game costs a few quarters, and students win tickets that go toward prize drawings.All proceeds will be donated to a charity in the Batesville area. Donations of prizes are being accepted. For more information call Lindsey D. Fry at (501) 622-9736.

Civil War group to meet

October 6, 2009 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.Kay Southerland will present a program entitled “Civil War Medicine.” After reading a newspaper article a few years ago, Southerland became interested in the topic of medicine and the toll diseases took during the Civil War. She will discuss conditions in camps and the lack of food and medicines.

Grant will aid in equipping, training fire departments

October 6, 2009 The Arkansas Forestry Commission has been awarded an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant through the U.S. Forest Service for wildfire hazard reduction on property in Arkansas impacted by the ice storm of January 2009.The ice storm devastated the northern third of the state, producing large amounts of uprooted and broken trees. In an effort to assist fire departments responding to wildland fires in the designated counties, $340,000 will be used to purchase items to supply fire departments with a wildland firefighting kit.