Supper, dance to benefit center

October 21, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — A spaghetti supper and dance to benefit the Mountain View Senior Center will begin with the serving of food at 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release.Food will be served at the center at 210 School Ave., just one block off East Main Street, until 6:30.The dance, featuring music by Floyd Helums, Judy Garcia and the Country Legend Band, starts at 7 p.m.The meal — spaghetti with salad, dessert and drink — is $5 per person. Admittance to the dance is $4 per person.The event is open to the public.

Center hosts fall fest

October 21, 2009 Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center will hold a fall festival in conjunction with Lights on Afterschool from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 1900 Lyon St.The festival for all ages will include bounce houses, a cakewalk, bookwalk and concessions. Admission is free, but patrons are welcome to bring a canned food item to be donated to a local food pantry. It will be held rain or shine.Lights on Afterschool is a nationwide project that was formed nine years ago to bring attention to the importance of after school programs.  

Civil War to be discussed

October 21, 2009 ASH FLAT — Gary Perkey, author of “A Newspaper History of Cave City, Arkansas” and other historical books will be the featured speaker at the fall meeting of the Sharp County Historical Society beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Community Room of First National Banking Co. in Ash Flat, said publicist Eva Royal.Perkey will speak about the ravages of the Civil War in southeast Missouri. The Cave City book is filled with excerpts from early newspapers covering many towns and communities of Sharp County.

Reward offered in burglary case

October 21, 2009 Supporters of the Humane Society of Independence County have established a reward fund to be used in seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for a burglary and theft at the animal shelter between 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Oct. 16.Anyone with information regarding the incident should call (870) 793-0090.

Doughnut sales to benefit humane society

October 21, 2009 Daylight Donuts of Batesville will host “Donuts for Dogs II” from 5 to 11 a.m. Monday.All profits from the day’s sales will be donated to the Humane Society of Independence County to help recoup some of the losses due to a recent break-in.When the shelter was being built several years ago, Dave and Karen Timko, owners of Daylight Donuts, hosted the first “Donuts for Dogs” event to help raise money to complete the building.

Museum honors volunteers New award named for Twyla Gill Wright

October 21, 2009 Twyla Gill Wright, volunteer curator at Old Independence Regional Museum, was the inspiration for a new award created this year for volunteers — and she was handed the first Twyla Gill Wright Award during a museum board meeting Thursday night.The board and museum staff had kept the creation of the award a secret from Wright.The surprised Wright was given a crystal bowl with the likeness of the museum building and the award title engraved on it.Wright was also named a Life Trustee, a title previously given to only two others — Hail Bryant and Ron Spillers.

Man dies in accident

October 21, 2009  A Batesville man was killed and a passenger injured when the motorcycle he was driving was hit head-on Tuesday afternoon.Arkansas State Police Trooper Russell Brinsfield said the accident occurred on Highway 69 at Newark.Brinsfield said 53-year-old Terry Long and his passenger, 42-year-old Anita Long, both of 60 Challenger Lane, were traveling west on Highway 69 near the Exxon station around 5:30 p.m. when their 2008 Honda Motorcycle was hit head-on by a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Brandy Mann, 23, of Newport.

Photographer captures nature

October 21, 2009 Not many people have a job that take them to the ends of the Earth, but Bob Smith is one of those few. He has traveled to the most remote regions of the planet, including both Alaska and Antarctica, capturing images through his work as a nature photographer that few others will witness in person.On Friday, he will share his images at a talk at Lyon College as part of the college’s Homecoming festivities.

Flu clinics scheduled-Oct. 29 date set

October 21, 2009 For the first time, Independence County will have two “drive-by shootings” to deliver free vaccinations for the seasonal flu. As in years past, there will be a clinic at the fairgrounds, but this year — on the same day and at the same time — there will also be a clinic at the southern end of the county. Both will be drive-through, and the fairgrounds site will have portable toilets, courtesy of A-1 Septic Tank.“We hope to set records” as far as the number of people getting vaccinated, said Jim Reynolds, site manager with the Department of Health.

Flu shots to be given at Central

October 20, 2009 It is hard to believe it is October!  Central has had a wonderful start to the school year, although it has been fast and furious. We kicked off the school year with our annual open house and report of test scores in a general session.