Poole running for council position

February 5, 2010 Chris Poole, 38, of Batesville, has announced his candidacy for the Batesville City Council Ward 4, Position 2. The seat is currently held by Matt McDonald, who has announced he will not seek re-election.Poole serves as quality engineer for White River Health System and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.“The citizens of Batesville are united and committed to moving our community forward in a progressive way, and I would be privileged to be part of it,” Poole said in a news release.

Beginning Steps to meet Friday

February 4, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging, White River Medical Center, Conference Room A.   All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. Call (870) 793-0627 for information and directions.

Benefit for Danny Davidson set for Saturday

February 4, 2010 OIL TROUGH — A benefit for Danny Davidson, who is recovering from colon cancer, will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oil Trough gymnasium. Proceeds will help Davidson, 56, with medical expenses since having surgery to remove cancer found in his lymph nodes.Following a silent auction at 4:30, a pie and live auction will be held at 6. The Ole Front Porch Band will provide entertainment and area politicians running for office will be given the opportunity to speak. 

Vaden recording session in Blytheville produced hits

February 4, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the second article in a three-part series about Vaden Records performing artists in the 1950s and ’60s. Journalist Mark Randall is an Arkansas State University graduate student working toward his master’s degree in history.TRUMANN — KLCN in Blytheville was an AM station whose signal could be heard from sun-up to sundown.Arlen Vaden rented the studio in February 1959 after it went off the air that day for a recording session for Trumann-based Vaden Records, which he founded and owned.

Prayer shawl group to meet

February 4, 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.

Retired teachers to meet

February 4, 2010 The Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at noon Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. Vicki Presley from Arkansas Department of Health Hospice will speak on volunteer opportunities and the hospice program. All retired school employees are encouraged to attend, according to Sue Smith.

Ozarka taking LPN applications

February 4, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College is now accepting applications from those wanting to enroll for the 2010 fall classes of licensed practical nursing program in Ash Flat, Melbourne and Mountain View.  Students may apply until April 1 online at www.ozarka.edu and completing an application for admission and selecting LPN as the program of study. The LPN program will be accepting applicants for the 18-month program at Melbourne, the 11-month programs at Ash Flat and Mountain View, as well as the new 11-month evening and weekend program at Melbourne.