Prayer shawl group to meet

March 15, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday 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.

Charlotte EHC

March 15, 2010 Charlotte — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met Wednesday at Ann Mobley’s home, with all members present.The meeting started with the program of berries, specifically the best ones for good health.Members also talked about the project for the nursing home on March 29, and decided to take gourds shaped like eggs to be painted for Easter. Everyone picked fresh spinach and garlic from the garden before going home. The next meeting will be April 14 at Pat Mason’s home.

Family rescues friendship quilt

March 15, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — A fabric and thread garage sale find has turned into a precious gift for a family living in the Saltillo community.Last summer, Kim Shock and her mother Debbie Kelley were poking around at a garage sale in Vilonia when Shock noticed an old red and white quilt laying in a carport with the name Lessie Martin written on one of its squares. She recognized it as the name of her great-great aunt.“I knew I had heard that name,” Shock said. “I also knew she had died when I was 10 or 11.”

Church to offer free screenings

March 15, 2010 North Heights Church of Christ will host a free faith-based community wellness event beginning at 7 a.m. March 27. Tests will include those for cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and heart rate. Height, weight, body mass index and body fat percentages will be measured. Pharmacist and health educators will be available for consultation about heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and depression screenings, smoking cessation, etc.For information about medications, how to take them, side effects, etc., patrons are asked to bring their medicine bottles.

Candidate event scheduled

March 15, 2010 The Ruth Chapter No 91 Order of the Eastern Star is hosting a candidates-meet-and-greet, spaghetti lunch and pie/cake auction at noon Saturday, according to Mayfan Thomas. The event will be in the hall at Mount Zion Masonic Lodge No. 10 located on Highway 167 South across from the Batesville Regional Airport.

Bethesda Fire Department to host Mad Hatters Ball

March 15, 2010 BETHESDA — The Bethesda Area Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host a Spring Fling Mad Hatters Ball on Saturday. This will be a part of the department’s annual dinner and business meeting.The dinner will start at 6 p.m. and will consist of baked ham, cheesy potatoes, pinto beans, cornbread, slaw and dessert. The costs are $6 for adults and children age 12 and older; $3 for children 3-11. There will be no charge for children under age 3.

Newark intersection is site of two-vehicle crash

March 15, 2010 Rumble strips, flashing lights and other warnings of an upcoming dangerous intersection were not enough to prevent a two-vehicle accident near Newark Friday afternoon that sent three people to the hospital.Around 3:45 p.m. truck driver Christopher P. Tamporello, 36, of Del Norte, Colo. was traveling northbound on Highway 69 when 21-year-old Savanna S. Brady of Oil Trough ran a stop sign at the intersection of Highways 29 and 122, and drove into the path of Tamporello’s 1996 Peterbilt, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper David Jones.

Fight sends one to jail, one to hospital

March 15, 2010 Words supposedly said to a woman resulted in two men fighting in the parking lot of a local restaurant, according to a police report by Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson. Jackson said he was dispatched just before 4 p.m. to Josie’s at the Lockhouse to find William Allen Arnold, 25, bleeding from facial injuries and his assailant, identified as 27-year-old Courtney Lacy, already gone.

Purcell to speak at Lyon meeting

March 15, 2010 Dr. Jim Purcell will speak at the Lyon College President’s Council meeting March 23 at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.Purcell has served as the director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education since January 2008. Purcell’s efforts in institutional effectiveness are wide and varied with extensive experience in student placement, academic and student affairs program review, academic program development, program entrance requirements, course evaluations, grade distributions, and student retention and graduation.

Jail beating injures one

March 15, 2010 An Independence County jail inmate is in serious condition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital and another is in solitary lockdown following a fight that occurred between the two just before 6 p.m. Saturday.Deputy Fred Friar said he was called to the jail where he was told that inmate Timothy Austin Brady, 22, attacked 42-year-old Robert Byrd.During the attack, Brady reportedly bashed Byrd’s head against a steel bunk bed that resulted in injuries to his left skull area serious enough to require transfer to Little Rock.