Folk center to teach how to make bread

February 9, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park will host Fourth Friday Food Day Feb. 26The topic is “Bountiful Bread.”“Real bread — homemade, whole grain, fresh from the oven bread can be the foundation of any meal,” according to a news release. “These breads are healthy and tasty. Because they are made from whole grains, they are filling and stick with you throughout the day. You eat less and your body is satisfied.”

Foreigners use ASU to launch studies

February 9, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — It seems as if some international students are using Arkansas State University as a stepping stone, stopping here to learn German or a different foreign language before relocating to another university for advanced degrees.Hanne Pardos, an instructor of German in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at ASU, has seen many international and U.S. undergraduates pass through the department in the 10 years she’s lived in Jonesboro. She was born and raised in Germany.

Flood Insurance deadline nears

February 9, 2010 Independence County residents and business owners who do not have flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect, according to a news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.The new flood insurance rate maps show locations of floodplains and floodways that pose risks for homes and businesses.“Property owners need to know that this could mean a change in their floodplain status,” said Tony Russell, a regional FEMA administrator.

2nd Friday, TCF canceled

February 9, 2010 Due to anticipated inclement weather, all 2nd Friday Downtown Wonder and Wander Walk events and activities are canceled in Batesville. 2nd Friday will resume on March 12.   Also, the regular meeting of The Compassionate Friends North Central Arkansas chapter, set for tonight in Batesville, has also been canceled. The group normally meets the second Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 9 at the Citizens Bank Annex.

Civil War group to hear about nurse known as ‘Mother’

February 9, 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.The Rev. David Wesley will present a program entitled “Mary Ball ‘Mother’ Bickerdyke.”Wesley, who will celebrate in March his 20th year of service as pastor of Salado Baptist Church, is a native of southern Illinois. He was one of the re-enactors featured in “North and South.” Wesley’s wife, Jan, had her picture taken with Patrick Swayze while they were on the set during the 1985 filiming of the movie at Natchez, Miss.

Voting machines to be inspected

February 9, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday with representatives from Election Systems and Software (ES&S).The ES&S and the commission will conduct a routine maintenance inspection of all the county’s voting equipment to guarantee that each unit is functioning properly prior to the 2010 primary election. Any upgrades to the programming and tabulation software as well as to the system firmware will be made at this time. This inspection may require additional days to be completed.

GOP women to hear candidate

February 9, 2010 The Independence County Republican Women will sponsor a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Batesville.Paul White of Mountain View, a candidate for Arkansas State Senate, District 10, will be the guest speaker.District 10 includes a portion of Independence County and all of Stone, Izard, Sharp, Fulton and Randolph counties.The event is open to the public.

Mining, roads dominate meeting

February 9, 2010 MELBOURNE — A number of people against frac sand mining made their concerns known when they met with Izard County officials last Tuesday night.Tammy Trotter, a member of Friends of the Mill and Piney Creeks, urged justices of the peace to exercise authority to “protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens.”

Luncheon is Feb. 26

February 9, 2010 The date for Citizens Bank’s fifth annual Go Red for Women Luncheon is set for Feb. 26 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. According to Janelle Shell, one of the organizers of the event, the Go Red For Women Committee, made up of 20 women in the community, has been meeting for several months.

MOD Walk set for April

February 9, 2010 If March of Dimes had an “image,” Robert Foster wouldn’t fit it.Standing at around 6 feet tall, Foster, who often wears a black leather vest and boots and rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle, isn’t the first person one would associate with the March of Dimes, an organization that for more than 30 years has funded research and community programs to help mothers have full-term pregnancies and children have healthy lives.