Batesville to recognize leaders; board to meet

October 15, 2009 Batesville Schools will recognize area businesses, law enforcement, community leaders and West Magnet Elementary archery team world champions with a luncheon and presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at West Magnet Elementary.Directly following the recognitions, the school board will meet for its regular monthly meeting, which is being held earlier so Superintendent Ted Hall and members can attend the Arkansas School Boards Association meeting in White County later that evening. West is located at 850 Hill St. Meetings are open to the public.

Committee looks at sheriff’s budget

October 15, 2009  The Independence County Sheriff’s Office budget came under scrutiny Tuesday night by the county’s law enforcement committee, made up of quorum court members.The sheriff’s proposed county budget for 2010 totaled $1,180,663. Most recent figures show that the sheriff’s department has spent 78 percent of its 2009 budget of $1,260,345.After a review of the 2010 budget proposal, and asking questions about several line items, committee chairman Waymon Long told Sheriff Keith Bowers, “I feel you are about $10,000 fat, but I don’t think you are way out of line.”

Strawberry River DAR

October 15, 2009 HORSESHOE BEND — Friends and members of the Strawberry River Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered on Oct. 10 at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend to celebrate the chapter’s 30 years of membership in the national society.

Ozarka’s Active Living students complete courses

October 15, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Students who completed the Active Living Every Day (ALED) course at Ozarka College during the past summer and fall semesters met to receive certificates of completion at a luncheon Sept. 28. The ALED course was offered to people over the age of 60 in the Mountain View area. These courses were funded through a Health Aging grant funded by the National Council on Aging.

Women’s conference plan

October 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Church of Christ will hold a women’s conference Oct. 23 and 24 entitled “Rock this House.”Times are from 6:30 to 9:30 Oct. 23 and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24. Snacks will be available. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call (870) 994-2430.Guest speaker will be Kelly Minter, singer, songwriter, author, inspirational speaker and missionary comes from Nashville, Tenn. Her latest book, “No Other Gods,” was written to be a Bible study. To learn more, visit

Harding to present musical ‘Scrooge’ Oct. 30-31

October 15, 2009 SEARCY — Harding University will usher in the holiday season with a comical ghost story for all ages, featuring this year’s homecoming musical, “Scrooge,” at 8 p.m. Oct. 30-31 in Benson Auditorium.Producer Cindee Stockstill and director Robin Miller described this year’s musical as a “moving storyline that is very enjoyable and fun with uplifting music.”

Fantasticks to be staged

October 15, 2009 Walnut Ridge — “The Fantasticks” will be presented at Williams Baptist College at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. WBC’s Theatre Department is presenting the play, which is based on an 18th century romantic comedy.“This is my third time to direct this musical and it is one of my all time favorites. It is representational, very symbolic, and does not have realistic sets. It is a great comedy,” said Melinda Williams, who heads the theater program at WBC.

Sharp jail needs more staffing

October 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court learned Tuesday during a regular meeting that the county jail is out of compliance with jail standards.The jail is understaffed and also does not have an activity room for inmates, 3rd Judicial District Jail Standards Review Chair Sylvia Ross wrote.

Trail ride to be Saturday

October 15, 2009 CUSHMAN — A “Fall for the Children” trail ride will be held Saturday at the Rafter D, located between Cushman and Mount Pleasant.Foothills Cowboy Church is hosting the trail ride to raise money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.The ride will begin at 9 a.m. with a break for a Dutch oven meal around 11. The afternoon ride will be followed by a Dutch oven dessert and country music entertainment by Gary Gibbs.Prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children and include the ride, the meal and the entertainment. For more information call (870) 698-1713 or (870) 384-0183.

Southside seeks input

October 15, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School board has agreed to seek more input from district patrons before making any decision on the future of its old elementary building. Board members and administration will be available for comments or suggestions concerning the old rock building during Southside’s parent-teacher conferences from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday. While the district also hopes to have suggestion boxes available at each building during the conference, plans are also being made to have an area on the school’s Web site for comments and suggestions.