Dahlquists to receive lifetime membership

October 22, 2009 The Mabee-Simpson library will present Dr. John and Diana Dahlquist with a Honorary Lifetime Membership from the “Friends of the Lyon College Mabee-Simpson Library” Friday as a part of “National Friends of the Library Week” (Oct. 18-24) and Homecoming Week at Lyon. Dr. Dahlquist is being recognized for his years of support for the library during his service as vice president for academic affairs and his donations of over 1,000 books.

Beauty pageant held

October 22, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Rolling Hills Nursing Center recently held its annual beauty pageant.Sadie Johnston was named Ms. Rolling Hills. First runner-up was Jacqueline Chambliss. Second runner-up was Novell Treadway.Rolling Hills is located at 1680 Batesville Blvd. For more information, call (870) 251-1112.

Bethesda EHC

October 22, 2009 BETHESDA — Eleven members of the Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club answered roll call by responding to “What was the last Halloween costume your wore?” at their monthly meeting on Oct. 20 at the Bethesda Fire Station. Along with the expected replies of “I haven’t the faintest idea” or some similar variation, several members reached back into their memory bank for answers such as “A Southern belle,” “I was a farmer cowboy,” and “A cowgirl on an inflated horse.”

Copeland celebrates 105th

October 22, 2009 Bessie Copeland will celebrate her 105th birthday Sunday with a potluck dinner following the 10:30 a.m. services at Harrison Street Church of Christ in Batesville.Guests are invited to attend the services or may come to the fellowship hall at around noon for the celebration. “Bring your favorite dish to commemorate her 105th birthday,” Katie Kirby, her granddaughter, said.Copeland was born Oct. 26, 1904. She requests no gifts, but enjoys receiving cards, which may be mailed to 794 Bates St., Batesville, AR 72501.

Autumn leaves ignite landscape for fall trip

October 22, 2009 The annual fall festival of colors has begun in the Ozark Gateway region and will continue through mid-November, according to Cathy Drew, executive director of the Ozark Gateway Tourism Council.

Virtual conference scheduled

October 22, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland High School will be one of 25 schools in the U.S. to host a Discovery Educator Network Tech or Treat fall virtual conference Saturday.

UACCB selected as one of 13 schools to participate in project

October 22, 2009 One of 13 schools in the country, and the only in the state, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has been invited to participate as a pioneer institution in a Higher Learning Commission accreditation project.While the college is up for a review of its accreditation in 2012-13, as a pioneer institution it would work with the commission to develop, pilot and refine a new accreditation model, which if approved, would be implemented in 2013-14.

Alumni to be honored

October 22, 2009 Lyon College will honor three alumni and two honorary alumni during Homecoming 2009 this weekend.The five will receive the awards at the alumni awards banquet beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday in Edwards Dining Hall. A reception will precede the banquet at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $20 for adults, $10 for children. Adult tickets for the reception are $5.

Lyon’s president to be inaugurated

October 22, 2009 Dr. Donald V. Weatherman will be installed as the 17th president of Lyon College at inauguration ceremonies Saturday.The inauguration coincides with Homecoming Weekend at the college. The public is invited to all the inaugural events.Inauguration activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a reaffirmation of faith worship service in Brown Chapel. The purpose of the service is to reaffirm the college’s service to God and to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which founded the college in 1872.

College’s willow harvest promises inexpensive biomass fuel

October 21, 2009 MIDDLEBURY, Vt.  — Middlebury College used to heat its buildings with oil, then switched to wood chips. Now it has planted a sustainable and relatively cheap fuel source — willow shrubs —that could help cut demand on the state’s forests.With a nine-acre patch of the fast-growing willows, the college is conducting a biomass energy experiment that seeks to answer the question: What if wood chip-burning heat systems lead to the deforestation of Vermont?