Local students take part in SOS

April 15, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Dr. Carolyn Dresler of the Arkansas Department of Health has announced a voting initiative that urges all Arkansans to rally around Stamp Out Smoking, part of the ADH Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. “We are asking the public to participate in the selection of their favorite entry in the ‘The Big Pitch’ drama contest,” Dresler said. “It’s so easy to vote for your favorite. Just go to the stampoutsmoking.com homepage and look for ‘The Big Pitch.’”

Cornerstone to host conference

April 15, 2009 POUGHKEEPSIE — The Light In The 10/40 Window Ministry will host “To The Utter Most Part World Mission” conference at the Cornerstone Baptist Church campgrounds Monday and Tuesday. Church campgrounds are located at 3943 Highway 58 in Poughkeepsie, the former location of Poughkeepsie school. Supper will be served at 5:30 Monday evening followed by guest speakers Eric Capaci and Dr. Charles Keen. Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday and several speakers will be in attendance. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Lawrence County faction to discuss youth alcohol use

April 15, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — Addressing the issue of underage drinking will be the topic of town hall meetings recently set by the ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition of Lawrence County. April 23 is the date set for a meeting at the Lawrence County Community Building in Walnut Ridge. April 30 is the date set for the meeting at the Powhatan Community Center. Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a light meal/refreshments will be served.

Free marriage class offered

April 15, 2009 Batesville First Assembly of God Church’s Marriage and Family Ministry will host an eight-week marriage class entitled “Fuel for the Long Haul.”The class will be taught by a licensed marriage and family therapist and will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center in Batesville on 20th and Lyon streets beginning today. It is an non-denominational course to help couples enrich their marriages. There is no cost and child care is free. Couples may register by calling (870) 793-5489.

Be yourself, everyone else is taken

April 15, 2009 Do you ever feel like you’re just faking it?You know, walking around in a grown-up body acting like you know what you’re doing, when really you have no idea who you are inside.We all play act. We don a suit, go to work and act like the other people at the office.We get married, have kids, buy a house and join the PTA, yet secretly wonder if the other grown-ups feel just as clueless as we do.We frequently put so much energy into being who we think we should be that we forget who we actually are.

Area Briefs

April 15, 2009 Children’s concerts announced

Exemptions may be added to trash ordinance

April 15, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court is still hammering out details of the county trash fee ordinance, but it looks as though there will be some exemptions.The quorum court met Monday and heard from the Solid Waste Committee, which had met in March and approved four exemptions:• inaccessibility or remoteness of property;• vacant land; • multiple tenancies; • unoccupied residence.

Business owners voice opposition

April 15, 2009 Several people spoke before the Batesville City Council Tuesday night against the ordinance proposed by the city’s historic district commission.Local attorney Jerry Post, whose office is at the corner of Main and Central Avenue, said he opposed the ordinance. One reason is because his office was built in 1975 and “doesn’t have very much historical impact.” However he owns a building behind that one that was built in 1858. “It has existed 151 years without a committee to help me on it.”

Preservation staffer addresses pros, cons

April 15, 2009 Several downtown Batesville property owners showed support for an ordinance designed to protect the historic character of the area.Tuesday night, Boyd Maher, Certified Local Government coordinator with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and Rob Middleton, a city planning consultant, came before the Batesville City Council as it heard the second reading of the ordinance.Maher said he has been working with the local historic district commission since it was appointed 18 months ago and the Main Street Batesville board before that.