Ozark Folk Center to host Tribute to Jimmy Driftwood

September 23, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Tribute to Jimmy Driftwood is Oct. 3 at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View and performers will include Glen and Nellie Branscum, Clancey Ferguson, The Gardner Boys, Lana and Landon Griffith, Emily Phillips and Joe Jewell & Friends.Driftwood was a prolific folk songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs “The Battle of New Orleans” and “Tennessee Stud.”

Cemetery group to meet

September 23, 2009 GRANGE — Wilkerson Cemetery Association, located east of Grange, will have a meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The meeting is open to all interested parties.A picnic lunch will follow the meeting. For more information call (870) 307-8110.

Food program offered to child care facilities

September 23, 2009 The White River Planning and Development District Inc. currently sponsors a child care food program as a means to provide nutritious meals to children enrolled in licensed or registered family child care homes.The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is administered through the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Early Childhood Education. The program reimburses family child care providers for meals and snacks served to children when daily requirements are met.

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

September 23, 2009 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met Sept. 15 at Batesville Country Club with 46 members present.Noreen Trentini, queen mother, opened the meeting and called on Willie Strong to give the invocation.Guests introduced were Claudia Marsh and Barbara Jones. Judy Hightower was welcomed as a new member.After lunch, Trentini introduced Cynthia Carius and Mary Henry as the entertainers for the meeting. Carius is a former Las Vegas entertainer. She sang several favorites from her career as Henry harmonized and accompanied on the keyboard.

Concord teacher honored

September 23, 2009 CONCORD — Rebecca Elms, special education teacher at Concord Elementary, has been named 2009 teacher of the year by the Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children. The council recognizes a teacher who is currently certified and provides “exceptional” direct services to students, according to a news release. “Mrs. Elms was nominated because of her work as an outstanding special educator,” elementary Principal Sandy Brackett said.

New director discusses ‘New Horizons’

September 23, 2009 While some might think of New Horizons Alternative Learning Center as a “reform school,” that’s one thing it’s not, according to new director Gary Anderson. That’s a misconception, Anderson told the Batesville school board and audience Monday night. “It’s not a reform school even though I had heard that.” Created in 1994 by Batesville School District, the alternative learning center at Desha serves students in seventh through 12 grades, who require a different approach in accomplishing their educational needs and goals.

Body identified at College View Apartments

September 23, 2009  Authorities have identified the body of a man found in the bathtub of a Batesville apartment Monday evening.The body has been identified as that of Harold Lee Laux, 46, the tenant of apartment 203 at College View Apartments on Lawson Road behind the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Rock pioneers inspired Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67

September 23, 2009 NEWPORT — Get your motor running — Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 will be dedicated at its grand opening during Saturday’s annual Depot Days festival in Newport.While Memphis gets most of the credit, much of the music that came to be known as rock ’n’ roll was nurtured in clubs in Jackson County and along other portions of the U.S. highway designated earlier this year as Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67, Boyce said.

Gould case continues

September 23, 2009 MELBOURNE ­— It’s been five years.For state and local investigators, it’s been five years of searching, piecing together evidence, traveling to more than four states to track down leads and interviewing numerous individuals in the murder of Rebekah Gould.For the Gould family, it’s been five years of waiting and wondering if the person or persons who killed the 22-year-old blonde will be brought to justice.

Official charged. Mayor accused of stealing from tornado victims.

September 23, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Greers Ferry Mayor Michelle Davis bonded out of jail Tuesday after being arrested by the state police for allegedly stealing money from a tornado relief fund set up for victims of the spring 2008 tornado, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.Davis is charged with two felonies — second-degree forgery and theft of property.The forgery occurred and the thefts began on or about June 24, 2008, state Trooper Wendall Jines said in the affidavit.