Grand Prairie project awaits fall in White River

March 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More than a year after a federal judge ruled a rare woodpecker couldn’t stand in the way of a massive irrigation project, a top official said it will be several more years before rice and soybean farmers can use water from the White River to irrigate their crops.

Would-be vendors of drinks at school get dose of reality

March 8, 2010 LEAD HILL (AP) — In only a couple of months, Jeb and McLeod Dickey have learned a lot about capitalism and free enterprise and even made some money. They have now learned about laws.The budding young entrepreneurs, both students at Lead Hill, will have to find a new niche for their enterprises after a student-handbook addition was approved at a meeting of the Lead Hill School Board.

‘Boggy Creek’ filmmaker Pierce dies in Tenn. at 71

March 8, 2010 DOVER, Tenn. (AP) — Charles B. Pierce, an independent filmmaker whose inexpensively made documentary-style drama “The Legend of Boggy Creek” influenced the hit film “The Blair Witch Project” decades later and made him something of a legend himself, has died at age 71.Pierce, who grew up in Arkansas and made his films mostly in that state, died Friday at a Dover nursing home, according to Wayne Anglin of Anglin Funeral Home at Dover. A cause of death could not be obtained.

Plantation Museum to host events

March 8, 2010 SCOTT — The Central Arkansas Basket Weavers Guild will host What a Beautiful Basket Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20 at the Plantation Agriculture Museum’s Heritage Resource Center.

Brockwell Music School singing slated for Sunday

March 8, 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. People like those songs, too.For more information call Mike Haney at (870) 368-4146 or Floyd at 368-5012.

Parkinson’s support group to hear referral coordinator

March 8, 2010 The White River Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Citizens Bank Annex, located at Third and College streets in downtown Batesville.The guest speaker will be Lydia Stevens, the Arkansas information and referral coordinator for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. She will discuss the new findings connected with Parkinson’s disease and will answer questions from those attending.The event is open to the public. For more information call Joan Sellers at (870) 793-0067.

CR archers schedule pie auction

March 8, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge archery team will hold a pie auction at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Cord-Charlotte Elementary cafeteria. The team will compete in the national archery tournament in Louisville, Ky. May 6-8. Proceeds will go toward expenses.

Justices to consider contract

March 8, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the second floor juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter (library) building.Expected to come before the justices tonight are an engineering agreement for a bridge contract; an ordinance to establish a new “solid waste contingency fund”; department reports; as well as the following resolutions:• supporting the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council Scenic Byways initiative;• authorizing entry into a contract to benefit FutureFuel through a rail spur expansion;

Public meeting set at Lynn

March 8, 2010 LYNN — A community meeting will be held at 6:30 tonight at the Sportsman’s Grill located at 290 Hwy. 25 in Lynn. Discussion will include projects and topics related to the Hillcrest School District. The meeting is open to the public.

Compassionate Friends to meet

March 8, 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.