State representative Sharon Dobbins dies

January 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former state representative Sharon Dobbins was remembered Thursday for her devotion to health care and for the job she did after taking her husband’s seat, which he gave up as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.Dobbins, who had been hospitalized with pneumonia, died Wednesday. She was 44.House Speaker Robbie Wills said Dobbins was admitted Monday at Baptist Health Medical Center and that her death was sudden.

Winter Gala set

January 15, 2010 Main Street Batesville will host the 2010 Winter Gala at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, 231 E. Main.The event will include a live and silent auction with auctioneer John Malone, entertainment by Danny Dozier and refreshments.Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. They may be purchased at Heuer’s Shoes, Thompson’s Jewelry, Elizabeth’s Restaurant, and the Citizens Bank Main Branch or by calling (870) 793-4632.

Moms of Military to meet

January 15, 2010 The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church.The meeting is open to all women with family serving in any branch of the military. The group meets the third Monday evening of each month to share experiences, military information and ideas, and to support one another. Child care will be available. For information call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.

ICARE to hold sale

January 15, 2010 MELBOURNE — The seventh annual Claws & Paws Rummage Sale hosted by the Izard County Animal Rescue Effort will be Feb. 26 and 27 at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne.There will be a drop-off schedule the week preceding the sale, but those who need to have donations picked up may call (870) 368-5000 and leave a message.

Class to feature Beethoven

January 15, 2010 Weston Music Studio at 1365 College St. in Batesville will present a Beethoven master class featuring Arkansas State University professor emeritus Dr. J.D. Kelly from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Beethoven piano sonatas will be featured by advanced pianists and singers. Younger pianists and singers will perform shorter Beethoven works. The event will be conducted on an informal basis Saturday afternoon and drop-ins are welcome. For more information call Weston Music Studio at (870) 793-3603.

Church to host rally

January 15, 2010 DESHA — Friendship Outreach Inc. is hosting its annual Chain Breakers’ Rally and Chili Dog Supper at 5 p.m. Saturday in the activities building of First Baptist Church in Desha.Tickets are $12 each for the meal and entertainment by MannaFest Hymn and Silvur Refine.All proceeds from the rally will benefit the ministry’s Women’s Addictions Resistance Project.For the past 24 years, the non-profit ministry has provided resources, crisis support and treatment options for addictive behaviors in 50 states and 14 countries.

UACCB to break ground

January 15, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will break ground on the 40,669-square-foot Nursing and Allied Health Building at 3 p.m. Thursday.Crossland Construction Company Inc. of Rogers was the low bidder at $4.917 million. The building will be located on the east side of the UACCB campus, south (in front) of the Roy Row, Sr., and Imogene Row Johns Library and Academic Building. The NAH Building will be the first two-story building on campus and will include seven classrooms, a 200-seat lecture hall, four clinical labs and faculty offices.

County recycling program honored

January 15, 2010 The Independence County Recycling Center was recently recognized for its 16 years of service to the county’s residents at a winter recycling forum in Batesville, according to a news release.Sarah Sexton, recycling coordinator for the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District, presented the award to operations manager Terry Hastings at the district’s year-end recycling forum in Batesville on Dec. 8.

Flu shots available

January 15, 2010 The Independence County Health Unit still has plenty of flu vaccine available, both H1N1 (swine) and seasonal, announced Sonia Nix, administrator. Flu shots will be administered during normal office hours, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The H1N1 is free to anyone. Those with private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, there is no charge for seasonal; otherwise, seasonal is $20. The office is located 120 Weaver Ave., Batesville. For more information, call (870) 793-8848.

327 picked as new area code

January 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Move over, 870. Arkansas is getting a new area code.The Arkansas Public Service Commission says the new area code for much of Arkansas will be 327. The supply of 870 numbers is projected to run out in late 2013.The plan approved by the commission allows existing 870 customers to keep their current phone numbers. Once the plan is implemented, local calls will require 10-digit dialing.The commission says the implementation date for the new area code is projected to be in 2012, but it depends on when the 870 numbers run out.