Springfest planned in Heber Springs

April 20, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Springfest this weekend. The celebration features a “Got Spring?” theme this year and begins with the Art/Photography Walk and “Taste of Heber” beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Heber Springs.The walk will be held in various downtown businesses, and participants should be sure to ask a participating business for a Program Card, then have their card punched at each location to be eligible for door prizes to be drawn on the courthouse steps at the conclusion of the evening.

Students to host walk

April 20, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Elementary students will hold their annual wonder walk for the March of Dimes on Thursday. Students are collecting donations from their friends and family to raise funds to help fight birth defects, lower infant mortality and reduce prematurity, which is the mission of the March of Dimes organization. March of Dimes community director Sherry Lamb said her organization was appreciative of Coach Kristie Jenkins, the students, their parents and the Key Club “for their support of our mission to give all babies a better chance for a healthy start in life.”

Park to celebrate Earth Day

April 20, 2010 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday with a variety of fun and educational nature and science programs, park officials announced.The event is targeted for students in grades 3-6. This event is free and space is limited. For information or to register a group call (870) 878-6595.

Class reunion scheduled

April 20, 2010 CHARLOTTE — The Cord-Charlotte graduating class of 1955 will have its 55-year reunion from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The event is open to all classmates, friends and relatives, according to Shirley Herzig.

Ozark Folk Center will host SweepIn

April 20, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View will be the site of a gathering of craftspeople honoring the centuries-old skill of broom making Friday through Sunday.The gathering, a first of its kind, has been named the “SweepIn” and will feature some of the most recognized Broom Squires from across the continent, officials said.

‘Discipline’ leads to battery charge

April 20, 2010 A man who said he was only trying to spank his child was charged with domestic battery. The class C felony charge was filed Monday in Independence County Circuit Court.Bond was set at $50,000 for Johnny J. Hildebrand Sr. after Investigator Lisa Earls with the Crimes Against Children Division was contacted.Earls said she reviewed the medical records of the child, who is under the age of 12, who had suffered a fractured left collarbone from the actions of Hildebrand on or about Feb. 27.

Choir to perform

April 20, 2010 The Lyon College Flute Choir, under the direction of Laura Stinson, will perform a concert of folk music from Europe and Asia at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Bevens Music Room on the Lyon campus.The program will feature Irish dancer Holly Geis. She will also perform Gordon Jacob’s Pied Piper for unaccompanied flute and piccolo. Meagan Bullock will sing two Irish tunes for soprano solo.

Confession obtained

April 20, 2010 Bond was set at $150,000 for a man who confessed to robbing the Desha Flash Mart on April 16 and to a residential burglary where he obtained a gun.According to the affidavit for arrest, Danny Foster of Batesville has been charged with aggravated robbery along with residential burglary and theft of property.Foster was taken into custody, along with a juvenile, when officers spotted them under the White River Bridge.

Hoxie 21, part 2

April 20, 2010 HOXIE — Born and raised in Lawrence County, Fayth Hill Washington has fond memories of her childhood in Hoxie.“We were very happy. I had a wonderful and supportive family. ... Mom, Dad, Brother (Wesley Hill), and my grandparents lived next door,” she said. Next door to them was Buddy Rasdon’s grocery store.

Old-Fashioned Games: Family Day resumes

April 20, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum continues its popular Family Day series with a celebration of spring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1, traditionally known as May Day, said Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator.“Admission for this event is free, but donations are always appreciated,”  Nikkel said.