Vendor space available

April 1, 2010 SALEM — Vendor space is available for booths at the Fulton County Homecoming Festival Street Market.The 61st annual festival is scheduled for May 28-29 in Salem and the Street Market will be held May 29. Any type of marketable items may be sold but the festival committee reserves the right to refuse certain items (water guns, popping items, silly string, etc.). For more information or to reserve a booth space call Ninnie Thomas at (870) 371-0381 or e-mail

ASU to present concert

April 1, 2010 Jonesboro — The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the ASU Concert Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Neale Bartee. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

KCCJ launches Web site

April 1, 2010 KCCJ 106.9 LPFM has launched a new Web site, station plays contemporary Christian music as well as contemporary worship music, said Butch Kelley, pastor of Jubilee Family Church in Batesville. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the city of Batesville. For more information call (870) 793-9124.

Church to have bake sale

April 1, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside United Methodist Church will have a bake sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.The church is located off Highway 167 across from Southside School on Magnolia Street. All money raised will go to the March of Dimes.

Communion service planned

April 1, 2010 Central Avenue United Methodist Church will have its Holy Thursday Communion service at 6 tonight.The church is located at 1205 North Central Ave. in Batesville.The service is open to the public.

Blanchard Springs Caverns begins spring schedule

April 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The vernal equinox fell on March 20 this year, marking the time when the days and nights are almost equal in length, and signaling the start of spring. However, Blanchard Springs Caverns spring schedule begins on April 1 (today) this year, marking the time when the caverns are open seven days a week.Explore the following outdoor and underground opportunities this spring:

Woman digs up diamond at park

April 1, 2010 MURFREESBORO (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has unearthed a 3.17-carat canary yellow diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.Pittsburgh resident Patti Kubli says she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the sparkling, pear-shaped diamond Wednesday morning. Kubli says she’s naming her find “Dori,” after her mother.Park interpreter Margi Jenks said it is the largest diamond found at the park this year.It was Kubli and her sister’s first time in Arkansas and at the park. She only spent 30 minutes digging before she found the diamond.

Entergy: Rates could fall 15%

April 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Entergy Arkansas officials say the company’s residential customers should see a 15 percent decrease in their electricity bills this summer.Entergy said in a news release Wednesday that the drop is due to a drop in the price of natural gas and a reduction in a payment required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.The FERC-Imposed Payment has required Entergy Arkansas customers to pay higher rates to offset rates paid by Entergy Louisiana customers.Entergy says the lower bills should start showing up in July.

Guard told of possible deployment

April 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade is being told to prepare for possible deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.Commander Col. Kirk Van Pelt says the 3,100 soldiers in the 39th were told during a drill last weekend. Van Pelt says the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va., has identified a combat mission in Afghanistan and — if that mission is still needed in two years — the 39th will be sent.The soldiers will spend the next two years training for the deployment.

Boat, patio furniture, GPS stolen

April 1, 2010 Detectives have no suspects in a number of the thefts reported to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Ronald Ross of 140 Francis St. reported a flat bottom boat stolen from under his back patio deck sometime between March 23, and Sunday.The hasp on a lock to a tool shed was also broken, but nothing missing from inside, according to Ross who said the incident occurred while he was in the hospital.The boat was valued at $500, but no registration numbers were listed.In other reports filed with the sheriff’s office: