Board gets ‘healthy’ update

April 22, 2010 First lady Michelle Obama is fighting to curb childhood obesity and promote healthier lifestyles with the “Let’s Move” campaign and Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary in Batesville is weighing in. The school recently conducted a survey using the Center for Disease Control’s school health index evaluation tool, which helps provide a better idea of the progress a district and its campuses are making toward providing a coordinated health program.

The Weekend Events — What’s going on this weekend in the Independence Co. area:

April 22, 2010 Friday• 31st Arkansas Scottish Festival, bagpiping competition in the pocket park at 1 p.m. Kilted Invitational Golf Tournament at 1:30, The Course at Eagle Mountain. Piping competition at 6, Lyon Terrace. Student talent show at 8, Brown Chapel.• Batesville Motor Speedway points races, 8 p.m. Grandstands open at 5:30.• Ozark Springfest ATV races, Tip Wamble Rodeo Arena, Calico Rock. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with the races at 8. Visit www.calicorock.us or call Fred Blickle at (870) 291-2474 or Rich Fischer at (870) 297-3905.

Automotive students to compete at Mark Martin Museum

April 22, 2010 Twenty Arkansas high school automotive technology students have won the right to compete in the “hands-on” Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Quality Care Challenge.The contest will be held Saturday at the Mark Martin Museum in Batesville and will feature two-person teams from 10 high school automotive programs. The teams will race against the clock to diagnose and repair 10 deliberately “bugged” 2010 Ford vehicles. At stake are more than $120,000 in scholarships and a trip to Ford’s World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., to represent Arkansas in the national finals in June.

Haddock reschedules fundraiser

April 22, 2010 The Haddock Cemetery Association has rescheduled its fundraiser dinner to May 15 at Oak Bluff Community Center.The dinner had previously been slated for Saturday.Located about a mile northeast of the old Gainesboro Grocery on White Drive, Haddock Cemetery predates the Civil War. Anyone who would like to help with the restoration efforts may call William Coe at (870) 793-9520.

Family learns hard way: Gar eggs are toxic

April 22, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS (AP) — Take it from Darwin Aaron and his family in Cleburne County: gar eggs are poisonous.Tiffany Aaron says her husband, Darwin, and brother-in-law, Russell Aaron, took a long-nosed gar while spearfishing at Greers Ferry Lake on April 5. Gar meat is edible, so they figured they’d try the roe.They prepared the eggs that evening, with Darwin and Russell Aaron eating some, along with Darwin and Tiffany’s 10-year-old son, Carson.Carson was the first to start vomiting at about 1:30 a.m. Russell and Darwin soon were sick, too.

Bethesda EHC

April 22, 2010 BETHESDA — What is your favorite fruit? In response to this question seven members of the Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club answered roll call at their April 20 meeting. Responses included apples, peaches, kiwi, pineapple and two kinds of berries.

Butterflies to be topic at meeting

April 22, 2010 FAIRFIELD BAY — The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Indian Hills Country Club, 337 Snead Drive, Fairfield Bay. A Dutch treat dinner will be at 5:30.Jim Solomon of Clinton will present a program on “The Beauty and Habits of Butterflies and Moths.” The event is open to guests.

Pie supper set for Friday

April 22, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — An old-fashioned pie supper will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Hutchinson Mountain Community Center.The public is welcome to bring a pie to be auctioned. Ronnie Gay will be the auctioneer. Proceeds will go to the upkeep of the Hutchinson Mountain Cemetery.A prize will be awarded for the best decorated box.Political candidates will be given an opportunity to make a short speech.

Pageant date changed

April 22, 2010 The Sparkle Beauty Pageant scheduled for this Friday has been postponed to 7 p.m. May 14.Entry forms may be picked up at Batesville High School, Batesville Junior High School or A Formal Affair.   For more information, call Tammy Gillmore at BHS at (870) 793-6846.

Cemeteries to get cleaned

April 22, 2010 Two area cemeteries have planned cleaning days for Saturday, according to news releases.