Church to hold homecoming

May 20, 2009 SIDNEY — Sidney Baptist Church will hold its annual homecoming Sunday.The worship service begins at 11 a.m. There will be a regular worship service with some special music. At noon there will be a potluck meal, followed by a program with music.The event is open to the public, especially anyone who has lived in Sidney or attended the Sidney Baptist Church in the past.

Jacksonport to present living history characters

May 20, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some may charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail are as follows:Friday

Memorial services slated

May 20, 2009 Two area cemeteries have planned memorial services for Sunday.Pleasant Valley Cemetery will begin its services at 1 p.m. with a message by Kenny Tharp. Music will be provided by members of his church and by Charlie Brooks, the McCance Sisters, Lennie Lee and Steve and Shari Gunther and singers from their church. There will be a short business meeting for the cemetery after the service. Pleasant Valley Cemetery is located three miles south of Cushman on Highway 69.Also, Alderbrook Cemetery in Desha gets under way at 2. The service is open to the public.

Diamond T 4-H’ers visit Missouri

May 20, 2009 OIL TROUGH — Seven Diamond T 4-H members were awarded a Missouri trip after completion of five activities. They were Cecile Harris, Keylee Harris, Cheyenne Reed, Brianne Reed, Bailey Reynolds, Keely Reynolds and Shelby Reynolds.

Weston music students honored

May 20, 2009 Students of the Weston Music Studio performed a piano and voice spring recital May 9 at Independence Hall, on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, under the direction of Dr. Sarah Weston.On a stage decorated with large colorful paper flowers and balloons, students ranging in age from 5 to 16 performed piano and voice pieces from beginning levels to very advanced.

Area Briefs

May 20, 2009 Benefit planned for 3-year-old girl battling brain tumor

Stimulus funds to be used for remodeling, renovations

May 20, 2009 Following the meeting Monday, the Batesville School Board met with a committee to look at recommendations on spending more than $3 million in federal stimulus funds.At the end of the session, the board voted unanimously to accept the plans.Plans include:• constructing a fully furnished EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) laboratory;• renovating two science classrooms, furniture and equipment;• remodeling the current media center, lounge and small offices into one large technology-rich media center;

Local companies partner for health

May 20, 2009 A local health program has become one of only two such projects funded in Arkansas, according to a news release from White River Health System in Batesville.Wellness Works is a collaborative effort between WRHS, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences North Central Area Health Education Center, and White River Planning and Development District and funded by a $363,000 grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration.

Board expels student

May 20, 2009 The Batesville School Board voted unanimously to expel a senior Monday evening at the high school after he was caught with a weapon in his vehicle on the school grounds. He is expelled for the remainder of the 2008-09 school year and the first semester of the 2009-10 school year.“If he comes back (in 2009-10) we will give him the chance to make up the credits. He will be able to graduate if he wants,” Superintendent Ted Hall said.In other business, the board:

Ennis celebrates 40 years

May 20, 2009 Some spend their entire lives searching for their dream job. Gary Ennis discovered his during grade school.While his dad, Odell Ennis, was selling cars, he was learning how to sell property from family friend and local real estate agent Max Brooks, who often visited the car lot.“When dad was in the car business he sold Studebakers in the ’50s. I’d sit there and talk with him (Brooks) about the real estate business,” Ennis said.“I’m doing what I have wanted to do since I was 8 years old.”