Police capture escapee

September 30, 2009 FORT SMITH (AP) — Authorities say a convicted felon who escaped from a Crawford County transport van has been recaptured.The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says that 46-year-old William McCoy was arrested Sunday after an Arkansas State Police Trooper found him in a stolen car in Madison County.Authorities say McCoy apparently escaped from the transport van after he slipped out a back window. He eluded authorities for nearly two weeks.

Music performance planned

September 30, 2009 Weston Music Studio will present a master class with Dr. Ian Hominick of the University of Mississippi from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Cottage Market, located at 1365 College St. in Batesville.Area youth who will be featured include Nicholas Czerwinski, Hannah Cruse, Katie Cruse, Aaron Dowell, Josie McCann, Ronnie McCann, Crystal Qian, Sean Roulier, Clair Sonnier, Louis Sonnier and Annie Sonnier.They will perform classical piano compositions by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Janocek, Clementi, Smetana and others.

Library board to meet

September 30, 2009 The Independence County Library board will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the courtroom on the second floor of the library.Included on the agenda are line item transfers and discussion of library activities, White River regional librarian Debra Sutterfield said.

Eagle Mountain fall fest is Friday

September 30, 2009 Eagle Mountain Magnet will have its annual fall festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the school.  Activities will include a barbecue dinner, silent auction, games, raffles, book walk, cakewalk as well as a bounce house and “bungee run,” Eagle Mountain technology aide Jacqui McSpadden said. Dine-in and drive-through dinner tickets can be purchased for $6 at the door.

Meeting rescheduled

September 30, 2009 The Independence County Republicans meeting set for Thursday has been rescheduled for Nov. 5, according to Darrell Hays.

Hillcrest EAST hosts ‘night out’

September 30, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Hillcrest High School students and staff will host the second annual “EAST Night Out” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the high school’s main building at Strawberry. Visitors will get a look at what the Environmental and Spatial Technologies program is about and students will demonstrate some of their community work and services provided and facilitated by their classroom, a news release states.  The event is open to the public and designed to inform the community about the program’s accomplishments.

Alumni to kick off homecoming

September 30, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — In honor of this year’s homecoming, Southside High School will host an alumni celebration Oct. 9 beginning with a cookout from 5 to 7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.Admission will be $3. At 5:30 there will be a tour given of the new elementary building followed by a homecoming coronation at 6:15 and football kickoff at 7. Alumni who come to the gate by the field house will receive free admission to the football game, in which all alumni will be recognized at half-time, a news release states.

Hypnotist to appear at ASU-Beebe

September 30, 2009 BEEBE — Comedy hypnotist C.J. Johnson will perform free at Arkansas State University-Beebe at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Student Center University Café. “Students, staff, faculty and the community will have the chance to see for themselves the power of the human mind and the hilarious situations that an altered state of consciousness can create,” according to a news release.

Church to hold homecoming

September 30, 2009 CAVE CITY — Matlock Road Church of God in Cave City will have its homecoming Sunday.There will be singing at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.The pastor is John Abbott.

4-H’ers to display projects

September 30, 2009 THIDA — Diamond T 4-H Club will have its annual project fair from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Thida Church of Christ.The event is open to the public. For more information call Catherine Harris at (870) 264-3277.In case of rain the event will be canceled.