Studio to present recital

December 8, 2009 Weston Music Studio will present a Christmas recital at 6 p.m. Saturday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, located at 2005 White Drive.Participating in the recital will be 52 young performers, who will present seasonal favorites as well as songs with a theme of fairy tales and fantasy pieces.

UAW holding food drive

December 8, 2009 POCAHONTAS — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Bonanza Restaurant in Pocahontas.Those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the annual food drive.

Church to hold revival

December 8, 2009 NEWARK — Newark Assembly of God will have a Christmas revival titled “The Christmas Revolution” Sunday through Dec. 15.Service times are 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Dec. 15.Jim Wooley will be the featured speaker. He has been a minister with the Assemblies of God for 23 years, 16 of which he worked in youth ministry. He and his wife, Julia, are nationally appointed United States missionaries on their way to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.The church is located at 9450 Harrison St. in Newark. For more information call (870) 799-3325.

Crabtree to celebrate 80th

December 8, 2009 BEEBE — Dale Crabtree will celebrate his 90th birthday with a party hosted by family and friends at New Liberty Baptist Church in Beebe at 1 p.m. Saturday. Crabtree was born in 1929 in Cave City to Burrell and Alice Crabtree. He worked at Stanley Wood Chevrolet for almost 40 years and also served on the Cord-Charlotte school board.The church is located at 514 S. Main St. in Beebe. No gifts are requested, but cards are appreciated. 

Albert Sidney Johnson UDC

December 8, 2009 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its November meeting at the Batesville Country Club. Chaplin Madge Stephens of Melbourne gave the invocation.Following a Dutch treat luncheon, President Mary Miller called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests Sue Richmond and Wilma and Bill Hoskins. Miller led the Ritual and Pledges.The minutes of the October meeting were read and approved, and the treasurer’s report was given.

Republican Women to meet

December 8, 2009 Independence County Republican Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a Dutch-treat luncheon at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The program will be presented by Jacque Martin of Quitman, state coordinator for Secure Arkansas, who will discuss the Taxed Enough Already Party movement’s relevancy to the political process.

Properties nominated for national register

December 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program nominated 34 properties in 27 Arkansas counties to the National Register of Historic Places when it met Dec. 2, AHPP announced.Area properties to be considered for National Register nomination are:• Miller Creek Bridge at Batesville in Independence County, a 1914 concrete structure;• Central Avenue Bridge at Batesville in Independence County, a 1930 open-spandrel concrete bridge;

Churches to hold cantata

December 8, 2009 DESHA — Desha and Jamestown United Methodist Churches will present a cantata called “A 1940s Christmas Homecoming” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 145 Jamestown Road in Desha.The event will honor the local National Guard unit and its families as well as all military personnel both past and present.The cantata will combine music and drama from the swing music of the 1940s and a United Service Organizations Military Christmas Show. Those attending are welcome to dress in the 1940s style or in military uniforms.

‘Down Home Christmas’ to be presented tonight, Thursday

December 8, 2009 SULPHUR ROCK — Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary will present a “Down Home Christmas” at 6 tonight in the school cafetorium. Admission is free. “The play will be dedicated to troops who cannot be home with their families for Christmas,” organizer Helen Musgrave said. Central Magnet Elementary will present the play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Batesville Schools central offices located at the old middle school on Water Street.

Council has light agenda

December 8, 2009 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall. The council will recognize Batesville School District workers, consider placement of liens for condemnations and hear a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.