Home Depot to host Do-It-Herself workshop tonight

January 14, 2010 The Home Depot of Batsville will host a free Do-It-Herself workshop from 7 to 8:30 tonight. To register visit www.homedepot.com/doitherself.  Women will learn how to replace a shower head, install bathroom accessories, select and install a new bathroom faucet as well as how to install a new toilet.

Church to hold special service

January 14, 2010 FLORAL — Floral Baptist Church will host a church and community wide farewell service and fellowship at 11 a.m. Sunday for past and present members and members of the community.The church will vacate the existing sanctuary in anticipation of a new sanctuary as the church continues to grow. The church was established in 1889 and has been in the present building since 1946.A potluck will be served in the family life center immediately following the service.

Presentation canceled

January 14, 2010 The Leila Lenore Heasley Prize presentation scheduled for Feb. 24 at Lyon College has been canceled. The winner of the prize, Ron Rash, is having shoulder surgery and will be unable to fly to Batesville. So his presentation will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Road budget increased $100,000

January 14, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court increased the 2010 road budget by $100,000 for machinery and equipment Monday so a dump truck and other equipment can be purchased later this year, County Judge Larry Brown said.“I had planned to do that later this year,” he said, but decided to go ahead and make the money available now, with the justices’ approval. The money will come from existing balances, he said.Other 2010 line items increased include: Grants-in-aid/Tri-County Recycling, $16,000; circuit court, $3,791; and law enforcement, $261.

Southside joins Race to Top

January 14, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School Board met Jan. 4 and signed a memorandum of understanding to participate in the Arkansas Department of Education Race To The Top Initiative. Schools nationwide have the opportunity to receive additional federal stimulus funds through the competitive grant program if they can show they are trying to improve education. Arkansas could receive between $60 and $175 million.

Aunt Minnie Miles, Hoedown crew to perform in Newport

January 14, 2010 NEWPORT — Aunt Minnie Miles and her White River Hoedown gang from Mountain View will perform music and comedy at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts on the Arkansas State University-Newport campus, said Brenda Dunn of the Newport Kiwanis Club, which is sponsoring the event as a fundraiser.Local musicians will provide the opening act, Dunn said.“It’s about a two-hour show, just good family entertainment,” she said.Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased from any Newport Kiwanis member or at the door.

ICARE receives grant for spay, neuter services

January 14, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Animal Rescue Effort has received a grant from Petco to provide spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners, according to a news release. To qualify, a single person’s annual income needs to be no more than $15,000, or a family’s income no more than $25,000, or be eligible for public assistance including food stamps, medicaid, housing, etc. Approved applicants will have their choice of several area vets and a rabies vaccination may be included if needed. There is a non-refundable $5 co-pay per pet.

Antique jewelry, GPS stolen

January 14, 2010 A homeowner estimates antique jewelry stolen from his home to be valued at $20,000.Payton Landers of Batesville told Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Robbins that sometime between Jan. 4, and Monday, someone took an antique hair pin from a drawer in his bedroom.“Landers stated the pin was 24 karat gold and had thee leaves on it, each containing a real pearl,” Robbins said. “Also on the pin was a gold buttercup that contained a one karat diamond.”Landers said he wasn’t sure when the pin was taken and couldn’t list any suspects for police.

Trash to be picked up

January 14, 2010 Rural Independence County trash pickup and recycling will run as scheduled on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Any questions may be directed to the Independence County Judge’s Office at (870) 793-8800.

School closed Monday

January 14, 2010 Batesville School District will not be in session Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes will resume Tuesday.