Ark. chef to open cafe

April 5, 2010 ROGERS (AP) — Harrison native Nick Jones has returned to his roots, and he’s ready to share what he learned in a prestigious kitchen in upstate New York.A 2009 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, the 30-year-old is opening Ginnie’s Place, a cafe in the lobby of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary’s.Chef Nick, as he is now known, will supervise interns pursuing degrees and certificates in culinary arts and hospitality through Northwest Arkansas Community College. Planned as a destination for breakfast or lunch, Ginnie’s Place will open June 1.

Walk planned to benefit Brain Injury Association

April 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The fifth annual Brain Injury Association of Arkansas’ Walk for Thought will be April 17 at Murray Park Pavilion #3, 5500 Rebsaman Park Road, Little Rock.Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10.

Extension office to hold Healthy Homes, Healthy People classes

April 5, 2010 Two Healthy Homes, Healthy People sessions will be held April 22 at the Independence County Extension office, located at 1770 Myers St., Batesville. The first class will be from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and will discuss cleaning product safety and green cleaning products. The second class will be from noon to 1 p.m. and will cover household mold — what it is and how to get rid of it. After the second class, there will be an optional 30 minute video on mold.

C-Ridge eyes 21st century grant

April 5, 2010 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School is applying for the Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for the 2010-11 school year. “If Cedar Ridge School is awarded these funds, it will receive five years of continuation funding based on annual evaluation, phasing of local effort and continuing pending federal allocations,” a news release states.

Bad Boy to host event

April 5, 2010 Bad Boy Mowers will have a spring sale and open house from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 102 Industrial Drive in the Batesville Industrial Park.Tours of the plant will be given. Free catfish will be available Friday, and hamburgers will be served Saturday. All models of mowers and multi-terrain vehicles, including new, used and prototypes, will be for sale. The event is open to the public.

AARP executive meeting set

April 5, 2010 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex. The agenda includes committee reports and discussion on upcoming programs.This event is open to committee members and AARP members.

11 properties considered for historic nominations

April 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Melbourne property is among 11 in Arkansas that will be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will meet Wednesday to consider the Arnold Springs Farmstead at Melbourne and the other following properties:• Sylvan Hills Country Club at Sherwood; • Century Flyer at Conway; • Walnut Ridge Commercial Historic District; • the Fargo Training School Historic District;• Old Searcy County Jail;

Library to host book talk

April 5, 2010 The Mabee-Simpson Library on the Lyon College campus is having a book talk by author Ben Farmer at 7 p.m. Thursday.Farmer lives in Maryland, where he was born and raised. He graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in history. He has worked as a teacher, an editor and in a booking agency for musicians. “Evangeline” is his first novel.

Paving to begin

April 5, 2010 Paving will get under way Tuesday on Harrison Street in Batesville, according to Mark Lamberth with Atlas Asphalt. Lamberth said the work will begin at St. Louis Street, where workers will be working on the north side of the road. Weather, he said, will play a main factor on when the final surfacing will take place. Lamberth said drivers could expect some delays.

Annual plant sale to be April 24

April 5, 2010 The Independence County Master Gardeners annual plant sale will be April 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commercial Building at the Independence County Fairgrounds, publicist Susan Shawver said.“The sale will include flowering annuals, perennials, herbs, bulbs and bushes,” she said. “Experienced Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer advice on successful plant selection and gardening techniques.”