Quilt show grows into festival

March 4, 2010 TYRONA — Two years ago, the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza, hosted a small quilt show as a part of the annual celebration of Women’s History Month. That show was so popular that the museum could not contain all of the quilts last year — five local churches and the elementary school were recruited to host a display of quilts.

Home Depot awards grant

March 4, 2010 Newark — Through its Building Health Communities grant program, The Home Depot Foundation has awarded $2,500 to Cedar Ridge School District. The donation will be used for the Environmental and Spatial Technologies program to reconstruct the school’s nature trail to enhance environmental education and encourage physical activity, according to a news release. EAST program director Kimberly Jones said the school needed trees, flowers, bird houses and lumber for various projects to refurbish the nature trail on campus.

Singles ministry to have St. Patrick’s potluck

March 4, 2010 Matthew 6:33 Singles Ministry will have a St. Patrick’s Day-themed potluck Saturday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Community Room in Batesville.The group will eat at 6:33 p.m., followed by a short devotion time and then activity and game time. Single adults of all ages are welcome.For more information call Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

Head Start opens fall enrollment

March 4, 2010 Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Inc. Head Start is now taking applications for the 2010-11 school year.Head Start, which has classrooms in Independence, Sharp, Izard, Stone and Fulton counties, is a free child development program for 3- and 4-year-olds. Children who will be 3 or 4 by Aug. 1, 2010 are eligible to apply. A child’s chances of being accepted for enrollment is greater if the parent/guardian applies before April 30 as children will be selected in June. Proof of income must be provided.

Board to meet with firm

March 4, 2010 The Batesville School Board will meet with the McPherson and Jacobson executive firm at 6 tonight in the district administration office at 955 Water St. The firm is assisting the district in its search for a new superintendent. Ted Hall announced his resignation in February.The firm, which interviewed district employees, students and community members Monday to gain their input about the search process, will review what they learned with the board.

Council to hear about economic development, fire safety devices

March 4, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. Ed Mabry, director of Independence County Economic Development, and interim Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn and firefighter Mark McCollum will present reports.The agenda also includes the third reading of an ordinance to establish a uniform speed limit in the city, ordinances to amend subdivision and zoning codes, a request for a water meter outside city limits, a request to remove some lots in the Highland Woods Subdivision, recognitions and reports.

Ozarka to review new programs

March 4, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee will meet at 3 p.m. March 10 in the conference room of the president’s office.The agenda includes a review of new programs (banking and finance certificate of proficiency, medical office administration certificate of proficiency, diesel technology technical certificate/associate of applied science, and corrections certificate of proficiency/AAS); and the assessment fee for licensed practical nursing/registered nursing.For more information, call Nancy Dust or Karla Rush at (870) 368-7371.

Candidate to address GOP

March 4, 2010 The Independence County Republican party will hold a Dutch treat meal and business meeting tonight at Western Sizzlin, 1375 N. St. Louis St., Batesville.Guest speaker will be Rick Crawford, candidate for U.S. Congress. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7. and is open to the public. For more information call Darrell Hays (870) 612-2627.

Plungers dive for Special Olympics

March 4, 2010 Displaying a festive mood, employees from local industries and businesses, as well as individuals, threw themselves into the chilly waters of the White River Saturday afternoon.Many were dressed in regalia representing everything from cartoon characters to super heroes. Nine teams and several individuals came together  and raised $11,500 for the Arkansas Special Olympics during the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge.The largest sum of money raised, $4,000, was brought in by Dave McQuary of Batesville.

Students learn math using GPS

March 4, 2010 NEWARK — Newark Elementary students in Kimberly Jones’ EAST Lab class recently participated in a “geocaching” scavenger hunt by using global-positioning system units. EAST stands for Environmental and Spacial Technology.Jones said students Clayton Butler and Shanna Huffine created the scavenger hunt by plotting various landmarks around the school’s campus.