Prayer shawl group to meet

February 25, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

‘Seuss on the Loose’ set

February 25, 2010 Batesville Preschool will host a free “Seuss on the Loose” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St. in Batesville for children and adults.“Join us on a Seussical adventure as we celebrate the birthday of the legendary Dr. Seuss. We will have lots of neat activities and snacks. Bring your child and plan on having a great time,” said Lorrie McClure with the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. 

United Way seeking applications

February 25, 2010 Applications will be accepted for 2011 United Way funding until March 31, according to Robb Roberts, chairman of the Agency Relations Committee for the United Way of Independence County.Applying organizations must be non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organizations providing direct and meaningful service to the people of Independence County and must have been in existence for at least two years, according to a news release.

Lankford to discuss ‘changing story’

February 25, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem & Mineral Club kicks off its 2010 series of meetings at 10 a.m. March 4 with a presentation by Dr. George Lankford at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, according to Paul Grindol, president.During Lankford’s program, “Catching up with the Old,” he will relate how “archeologists keep changing the story,” Grindol said.Lankford will give a brief survey of several issues in North American prehistory and talk about how archaeologists have changed their understanding of them in the light of new evidence and interpretations. 

St. Pat’s Day event scheduled

February 25, 2010 SIDNEY — The Sidney St. Patrick’s celebration will be March 20 with festivities beginning at 10 a.m., Mayor Justin Davis said.Booth space for vendors is free but those wanting to reserve a space should call Linda Kay Westmoreland at (870) 346-5236, Charlotte Ratliff at (870) 283-2100 or Davis at (870) 613-1956.A parade will be at 1 p.m., an antique tractor show arranged by Danny Smith of Cave City will take place throughout the day and a drawing for $500 in cash will take place about 4 p.m., Davis said.

Fraud warrant issued

February 25, 2010 A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jesse L. Johnson on four counts of alleged credit card fraud, according to a court affidavit by Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.Johnson reportedly used the credit card of Lorene Burrow to make purchases from Dish Network and Verizon Wireless in late 2009.Bittle said the total restitution owed to Burrow’s bank is $3,203.55.The credit card fraud charge is a class C felony. His bond has been set at $10,000 by District Judge Chaney Taylor.—from court documents

Movie to be screened

February 25, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.The children’s movie classic “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.

Calendar, facility improvements top board agenda at Concord

February 25, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school media center to consider revising the school calendar to make up for days missed to ice, snow and slick roads, according to an agenda for the session.High school exterior improvements, an addition to the cafeteria and a master facility plan will also be discussed.The directors will consider renewing the high school principal’s contract and four other employees’ contracts for the 2010-11 school year, as well as consider a letter of resignation from one employee.

Midland to celebrate 25 years Sunday

February 25, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland School District will be celebrating “25 years of Pride and Progress” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the school.The event, open to the public, will include recognition of distinguished alumni from 12 different fields as selected by an outside committee based on nominations provided. “We are hoping to have a great turn-out for this event and hope that many people that have had influence on the Midland District will return for this celebration,” Superintendent Dean Stanley said.

Collector announces

February 25, 2010 SIDNEY — Charlotte Ratliff, Sharp County tax collector, has announced her intent to seek a fourth term.Charlotte, her husband Jeremy and daughter Ashley live on their family farm at Sidney. She is a lifelong resident of Sharp County and is currently serving on the board of directors for the Arkansas Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.