Jacksonport schedules activities

September 29, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled activities for this weekend. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Friday6:30 p.m., campground — Fur Traders. A park interpreter will discuss some of the most sought-after animals of the fur trade, how their fur was used, and how the fur trade affected Arkansas. Saturday

Author series begins Nov. 13

September 29, 2009 SEARCY — The 2009-10 Young Adult Author Series begins Nov. 13 at Harding University. Sponsored by the University’s Graduate Reading Programs, the line-up includes authors:• Patricia McCormick, Nov. 13-14;• Roland Smith, Jan. 15-16;• Kimberly Willis Holt, Feb. 5-6;• Jordan Sonnenblick, April 23-24.The series gives teachers and students an opportunity to hear firsthand from young adult authors. The workshops will help teachers connect with authors who are part of their classroom curriculum.

Scholarship recipients recognized

September 29, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College scholarship recipients were recognized at a reception on Sept. 3. More than 100 people attended, including 30 scholarship students, their families, Ozarka College Foundation Board members, Board of Trustees, and Ozarka staff, faculty and administration.

Stone County Resource Council gives fourth endowment

September 29, 2009 Mountain View — Ozarka College has received a fourth gift from the Stone County Community Resource Council (SCCRC) in Mountain View. The council now has endowments to assist students in the Stone County area.SCCRC President Jim Qualls presented the fourth $10,000 gift to Ozarka President Dr. Richard Dawe at the SCCRC office in Mountain View last week. Ozarka Trustee, Foundation and SCCRC board members were also present.

Nut, candy sale under way

September 29, 2009 Girls Scouts in Independence County are taking orders for nuts and candies through Oct. 11.Prices are between $5 and $8 per can. The treats will be delivered between Oct. 28 and Nov. 15.For more information call Kim Umphress at (870) 793-0501 or contact any Girl Scout.

Reunion to be Saturday

September 29, 2009 POUGHKEEPSIE — The Carver and Spurlock reunion will be Saturday at the Poughkeepsie Fire Station.A potluck dinner will be served at noon. All friends and family are invited. For more information or directions, call Linda Spurlock at (870) 266-3099.

Church sets gospel meeting

September 29, 2009 CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Church of Christ will have a gospel meeting Friday through Sunday. Guest speaker will be Dr. Jimmy Allen of Searcy.Meeting times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. A potluck will be served at noon.The church is located at Highway 25 and Old Camp Road in Charlotte.

Albert Sidney Johnston, UDC

September 29, 2009 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its August meeting at the Batesville Country Club.President Mary Cooper Miller welcomed members for the Dutch treat luncheon and led the Ritual and Pledges. Chaplain Madge Stephens of Melbourne gave the invocation for the meal.Secretary Judy Baker read the minutes of the previous meeting, which were approved. There was no treasurer’s report due to the absence of the treasurer.

Mailboxes damaged

September 29, 2009 Melbourne — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department is offering a $500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent vandalism of mailboxes. During the past couple of weeks several boxes in the Pineville and Dolph areas have crushed, knocked down and some taken, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Should anyone have information they are encouraged to report to the department at (870) 368-4203. The information provided will remain confidential.

Southside OKs bus purchase

September 29, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board welcomed one new face Friday during a special meeting in which new member Vonda Crowl was elected secretary of the board.In a reorganization of its officers for the 2009-10 year, the board also elected member Fred Denison to be president and Janice Fuller as vice president. In other business, the board approved the purchase of a 69-passenger school bus with lift and air conditioning for $86,495 from Central States Bus Sales in North Little Rock.  The bus was purchased with federal stimulus funds.