Ancestor Fair kicks off Friday

June 3, 2009 MARSHALL — The 20th annual North Arkansas Ancestor Fair will be this weekend in the Extension Homemakers Building on the Searcy County Fairgrounds in Marshall. On Friday, there will be four one-hour presentations beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running through 4:30 p.m. Topics of discussion will include “How to Use Newspapers in Genealogical Research” and “Arkansas Cemetery Law: Protecting and Access.”

Photography to be taught

June 3, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — The William Carl Garner Visitor Center will host a free Nature Appreciation Photography Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The outdoor, hands-on workshop will be instructed by Dr. Larry F. Jernigan and is limited to 10 participants.To register in advance, call (501) 362-9067 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.Those attending are asked to bring their own cameras; they will be walking the Mossy Bluff National Trail. Check-in and orientation will start at 9:30 a.m.

Southside church to offer VBS

June 3, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Church of Christ will have its vacation Bible school at 7 p.m. Monday through June 12.The theme this year is “Fishing with the Master.” Bible classes for all ages will be provided.The church is located at 2102 Batesville Blvd. at Southside.The event is open to the public.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 3, 2009 Pleasant Valley work day setCAVE CITY — A work day at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, 10 miles west of Cave City, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, said Cyndie Christopher of the cemetery committee.“Bring your own tools,” she said.In case of rain, the cemetery working will be rescheduled. Hardy to display antique cars

Area Briefs

June 3, 2009 Desha school to have reunionDESHA — Desha School Reunion will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Desha Veterans of Foreign Wars.A potluck will be served at noon. Drinks will be provided. Door prizes will be given away.All the composite photographs of graduates and the old trophies are set up for viewing.The event is open to the public.For more information call Elwanda Nash at (870) 251-1450 or (870) 613-0616 or Flora Carey at 251-2878. Candidate for congressman to address local Republicans

Diamond, money taken from vehicle

June 3, 2009 No suspects have been named in the reported theft of an $1,800 diamond engagement ring, $70 cash and 20 music CDs from the vehicle of Matthew B. Anderson Friday night.Anderson told Deputy Michael Darr that he wasn’t sure if the vehicle, the make and model of which was unidentified in Darr’s report, was locked or not while it was sitting at a friend’s house.In other reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:

Commission approves change, permit

June 3, 2009 The Batesville Planning Commission Monday night conducted a public hearing to consider a building permit for a commercial building on Harrison Street just west of Car Mart.Frank Tripp came to the board, saying he wishes to construct a building on property he owns at the intersection of Harrison Street and Jennings Lane, a street not yet fully developed but would be built to city codes and turned over to the city once completed.

County looking into real estate purchase

June 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — The corner drugstore that housed Jerry Blankenship’s Pharmacy for several years has become available for purchase, and the Izard County Quorum Court members agreed Tuesday evening to allow the sheriff to continue negotiating with the owner.

Items recovered in store burglary

June 3, 2009 A citizen’s call to police early this morning led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Cushman man for burglary and recovery of $2,100 worth of merchandise, according to Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers.“At approximately 3:28 a.m., a citizen called Batesville Dispatch and advised that he was witnessing a person breaking into the Cushman store,” Bowers said.“Officers were dispatched to the area and before they arrived the witness advised that the suspect had ran from the store, leaving his four-wheeler.”

Firefighters busy with wrecks, fires

June 3, 2009 CAVE CITY — Firefighters at Cave City were busy over the weekend, fighting two house fires, extricating one person from a traffic accident and helping Evening Shade firefighters extricate others from another car wreck, Cave City Fire Chief Ronny Milligan said.The flurry of events began with a house fire reported by a passer-by at 3:15 p.m. Friday.“When we arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the rear of the house, around the front door and from the gables of the house,” Milligan said.