Huckabee explains move to Florida: ‘Not political’

April 27, 2010 ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee elaborated Monday on his recent move to the Florida Panhandle, saying it was related to business and personal matters and “not political at all.” The Fox News host and possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate said he and his wife, Janet, took advantage of a buyer-friendly housing market. He said the move eased his frequent trips to New York, where he records his weekly show. He said he and his wife plan to hold onto their home in North Little Rock, Ark.

Alcohol arrests top Izard police reports

April 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — Two Melbourne men were arrested April 19 for alcohol charges, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Matthew D. Palmer, 27, of Melbourne was arrested for violating Arkansas social hosts law. He was released from the Izard County jail after posting a $500 bond. Jeffery Shane McCullough, 18, of Melbourne was charged with possessing alcohol by a minor. He posted a $605 bond the same day and was released from jail. In other arrests: • Melissa Neal, 28, of Oxford was arrested Thursday for theft of property. She posted bond the same day and was released from jail.

Correction: Workshop, celebration set

April 27, 2010 The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council (AUFC) is holding a workshop, “Urban Tree Care,” on Thursday at the University of Arkansas Community College’s Independence Hall, 2005 White Drive. There will be an Arbor Day Celebration after the workshop. Topics at the workshop will cover tree selection, common insects and diseases and pruning storm-damaged trees. The event is open to the public, and professionals involved in tree programs will receive continuing education credits.

Melbourne sets reunion

April 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne all-school reunion has been scheduled for Saturday at the new Melbourne High School. Registration will start at 1 p.m. and refreshments will be served. A booklet containing composite photographs of the graduating classes from the past 60 years will be available for $15. The event is open to all current and past students as well as neighbors and friends.

Legion offers scholarship

April 27, 2010 American Legion Family Post No. 114 scholarships applications are currently being accepted for high school seniors planning to attend community college. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior residing in Independence County, a news release states. Applications must be received by May 30. For more information or to receive an application, call scholarship chairwoman Rose Weiss at (870) 698-0492.

Pageant to be May 8

April 27, 2010 The 2010 Spring Fling Beauty Pageant will be at 10 a.m. May 8 at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The event is an American Cancer Society-Relay for Life fund raiser. Categories are: girls 0-24 months, Baby Miss; boys 0-24 months, Baby Mr.; girls 2-4 years, Tiny Miss; boys 2-4 years, Tiny Mr.; girls 4-6 years, Little Miss; girls 7-9 years, Petite Miss; girls 10-12 years, Young Miss; and girls 13-16 years, Junior Miss. Attire for the pageant is casual.

Church to host tea party

April 27, 2010 A women’s tea party will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Batesville First Assembly Family Life Center, located at 20th and Lyon streets. Guest speaker will be Karla Weis. She and her husband of 33 years have served as youth pastors, church planters, missionaries and directors of the Central American missionary body of the Assemblies of God. They are currently serving as missionaries-in-residence at Central Bible College. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For more information call (870) 793-5489.

Free smoke detectors, fire extinguishers offered

April 27, 2010 The Batesville Fire Depart-ment is offering free smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and will install them at no charge. This service is only available to residents in the city limits. The fire department received a $2,500 grant from State Farm to buy 516 smoke detectors including batteries then bought the fire extinguishers through federal surplus.

Charlotte EHC

April 27, 2010 Charlotte — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met April 14 at Pat Mason’s home, all members where present. The meeting started with the history of the Arkansas flag what each star stand for and why they are place in their order. Next was a program about food safety and health, before and after storms. Club members then made crafts that will be made at the nursing home as a Mother’s Day gift. The next Charlotte EHC meeting will be May 5 at O.V. Henley’s home.

Cave City EHC

April 27, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met April 19 at the Cave City Community Center. Vice President Frances Ball called the meeting to order and the group sang “April Showers.” Jan Stitcher read the “Words To Live By.” The minutes and treasurer’s report were presented and approved. Roll call was “Can you balance your checkbook?” Six members and one guest were present.