Manna House buying walnuts

September 22, 2009 MELBOURNE — For the third year, Manna House Food Pantry will be buying raw walnuts from local farmers, property owners and organizations. Beginning Oct. 1, people can bring walnuts in the shell to Manna House, on the west side of Courthouse Square in Melbourne. Volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday to weigh and write checks for the nuts. The Walnut Buying Project will continue for two to three weeks, depending on the amount of walnuts that are brought in.

ASI presents parade of pictures

September 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Studies Institute Galleries in Little Rock presents “Main Street in Black and White,” a traveling exhibit of historical photographs featuring three downtowns in their heyday, from Oct. 9 to Nov. 13. The exhibit features downtown Batesville, Blytheville and Texarkana. Photographs date from the late 1880s to the 1940s and range from circus elephant parade scenes to World War II marches.

Search for white van shifts to Ind. Co.

September 22, 2009 MELBOURNE — Authorities are still looking for a white van with a black stripe that was used in what may have been an attempted child abduction or abductions in Izard County, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.The van has not yet been located but officers feel they are making headway in the case, Lawrence said.“The investigation is now centered in Independence County,” he said. “We’ve got (a search on for) a vehicle that’s been identified as the van. That’s about all I can say without jeopardizing the investigation.”

Watercolors workshop to be offered by BAAC

September 22, 2009 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a Watercolor Workshop for beginners and intermediate painters with Richard Stephens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23.The fee is $125 for instruction only; a materials/ supply list is available at gallery, 246 E. Main St., Batesville. Preregistration with $50 deposit is required. Call BAAC at (870) 793-3382 to register.

Church to hold concert

September 22, 2009 Christian recording artist Curt Collins will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Batesville. “Alicia Harris will perform prior to Collins and (donations) will be taken during the concert,” organizers said.Admission is free. Fellowship will begin at 6.A native of Little Rock, Collins has had four top 10 songs on Christian radio and has performed both locally and nationally. For more information call (870) 793-3803. The church is located at 615 E. Main St.

Phishing scams continue

September 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — “Phishing” is a term used to describe a con-artist’s attempt to solicit your sensitive personal information, usually electronically via e-mail. While phishing schemes are not new, con-artists continue to come up with new ways to trick consumers into handing over sensitive information. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to warn about one such variation of a phishing scheme.

Bethesda EHC

September 22, 2009 BETHESDA — The Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club held its monthly meeting Sept. 15 at the Bethesda Fire Station. Eleven members answered the roll by responding to the question, “What do you remember about your first day in high school?” Several answers were given but most simply said “I don’t remember.”

VA offers rides, needs volunteers

September 22, 2009 A local group is now offering rides to the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock for area veterans. Veterans with a doctor’s appointment can ride the van for free on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, volunteer Rick Swietek said. The group is also looking for volunteer drivers, male or female; however, they do not have to be a veteran in order to drive, he said. To volunteer or to schedule a ride call (870) 793-8812 Monday through Thursday.

Woodwork keeps man from fishing

September 22, 2009 Leon Creasey didn’t plan to turn his woodworking into anything other than a hobby. But when he bought his first lathe (a woodturning machine), he found a creative outlet — and a supplement to his retirement.Creasey, a woodturner living along the White River near Mountain View, was one of the “veterans” of the Off the Beaten Path tour. “I took last year off,” he said surrounded by his handcrafted wooden bowls.

Spouses are each other’s biggest fans

September 22, 2009 When Marc Palmer needs help deciding what color frame would look best around his artwork he just asks Paulette.“Paulette’s my (color) coordinator,” he said with a laugh. “She always gets it right.”As husband and wife, Marc and Paulette Palmer have many things in common, including a love for each other’s work.“He’s my teacher, my mentor. He’s educated,” said Paulette of Marc, who has a fine arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and more than 40 years experience in the field.