Bridal show to be Jan. 17

January 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The 13th annual Bridal Show will be from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.

Sugg: Calico Rock area embraces true spirit of Christmas

January 7, 2010 CALICO ROCK — This year’s Toys for Tots project, sponsored by the Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce, provided toys, clothing and toiletries to 65 local children, according to Kedra Sugg with the chamber.“Most of us think of Christmas as a time for giving and getting gifts from family and friends, but many in this community give of their time and money to children they don’t even know,” Sugg said, adding that there some people who “went the extra mile.”

Volunteer network to meet

January 7, 2010 “Humor Helps: Peeks at Personality Types” will be the topic for the North Central Volunteer Network (NCVN) brown-bag lunch meeting at noon Jan. 19 at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The NCVN meets quarterly and is open to volunteer coordinators and anyone interested in volunteerism and volunteer management.

Main Street Arkansas to accept new members

January 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Main Street Arkansas will accept new communities in the Arkansas Downtown Network (ADN) this spring and applications are available, according to a news release. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

10 inmates riot at county jail

January 7, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — On New Year’s Eve, the Baxter County jail was something akin to the old Louis Jordan lyrics, “Beans and Cornbread had a fight, Beans knocked Cornbread outta sight.”A jail riot has resulted in charges against 10 current and former inmates, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said.The incident began when inmate Travis Lee Cagle apparently became upset with the contents of the evening meal being served and began cursing and yelling, Montgomery said.

4th Friday Food Day Class to begin this month

January 7, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — It has long been an Ozark tradition to make do with what you have on hand, according to a news release from Jeanette Larson at the Ozark Folk Center. Those are good lessons for today’s world too. But that doesn’t have to mean eating anything less than healthy, hearty, delicious meals.Soups are a traditional winter food that are easy to make and that fit easily into modern life, said Larson, who will demonstrate how to make soup from scratch.

Concord meeting rescheduled

January 7, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday has been postponed one week, primarily because of bad weather, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The meeting is rescheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Concord Community Center.During the session, the aldermen will consider a proposed 2010 budget and a working agreement between the city and its new marshal, Chris McMunn.Monthly departmental reports and a review of current bills complete the agenda.

Police look for runaway teen

January 7, 2010 Police have no leads regarding the whereabouts of 16-year-old Zachary Matthew Russell who ran away from his Setzer Road home in Newark on Dec. 15.According to the boy’s mother, Natasha Russell, she came home from work and found the boy and all his belongings missing.Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said officers have checked with local friends and his father in Evening Shade, as well as relatives in Louisiana, and they all say they have no idea where Zachary Russell may be.

Board OKs contract for addition

January 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board approved a contract for a new addition to the high school when it met briefly Wednesday afternoon. It also signed a memorandum of understanding to participate in Arkansas’ Race to the Top initiative, a nationwide, competitive bid program in which states could receive more federal stimulus funds by showing what progress is being made to improve education.The potential funding range for Arkansas is estimated to be between $60 million to $175 million with some of that being allocated to participating districts.

AARP members to have lunch

January 7, 2010 The Batesville AARP chapter will meet Tuesday at Western Sizzlin.The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. Dave Gruger of Hardy will be the guest speaker, discussing antique telephones.The event is open to the public. The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to anyone age 55 and older.