Bear Creek plans decoration day

May 18, 2009 EVENING SHADE — The annual decoration day at Bear Creek Cemetery will be Saturday. This is a change from previous years when the date was always the last Saturday of May.  At the last meeting, the majority voted to change the annual event to the Saturday prior to Memorial Day.  A potluck lunch will be served, so those attending are asked to bring a favorite dish and lawn chairs.Bear Creek Cemetery is located west of Evening Shade in Sharp County at the Bear Creek United Methodist Church.

Salem to host homecoming

May 18, 2009 SALEM — The 60th annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival will be Friday and Saturday in Salem on the Fulton County Courthouse Square.The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with a fish fry at the Salem Senior Citizens Center and a barbecue dinner on the court square.The First National Bank of Sharp County Street Dance will start at 8 on the south side of the court square. The Mesa Mitchell Band of Branson, Mo. will provide music. An Arkansas Cowboys Association rodeo will be at 8 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena.

Music hall to host gospel night

May 18, 2009 Calico Rock — Level Ground Ministries will perform a gospel music concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.

Rains make waterfalls even better photo ops

May 18, 2009 Spring rains have made the already picturesque waterfalls in The Natural State even better photo opportunities. The 96-foot Cedar Falls, located at Petit Jean State Park, is cascading into Cedar Creek with a mighty roar, and the various falls around the Buffalo National River are just a few of the awesome results of recent rains in Arkansas.

Area Briefs

May 18, 2009 Batesville board meeting tonight

Stanley, Scott Wood to continue as GM, Chrysler dealers

May 18, 2009 Stanley Wood Chevrolet/Scott Wood Chrysler announced they have received notification from General Motors Corporation and Chrysler Motors that they will continue as franchised dealers for both manufacturers.“Both General Motors and Chrysler have shown their confidence in our company by indicating their intent to continue our dealer contracts. We believe we are positioned to offer new vehicle sales and service for another 70 years,” said dealer principal and general manager Scott Wood.  

Grand opening set for Thursday

May 18, 2009 The White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center will hold a grand opening for the facility’s latest expansion at 2 p.m. Thursday.The $803,000 new expansion includes two offices, 11 cells that can accommodate 22 inmates and a classroom to aid 40 students. The current expansion is credited to Administrator James Starzy and staff for keeping the regional facility as one of the lowest priced holding centers in the state.“There is some federal money involved, but the facility is paid for by the revenue created through our operations,” Starzy said.

Local doctors find way to Peru

May 18, 2009 To have the volleyball-sized tumor on his thigh removed, Edgar Mendoza Enco of Chancay, Peru was told his leg would have to be amputated. Doctors at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, however, are hoping to find a way for Edgar to keep his leg, tumor-free.

Ozarka picks Dawe

May 18, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College officials have announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Dawe as president of the college in Melbourne. Dawe, a native of the northern Arkansas/southern Missouri region, will assume the presidency on July 1.For the past year Dawe has served as vice chancellor of planning and organizational development at Ventura County Community College District, a three-college district of 36,000 students in California.

Fishermen find body

May 18, 2009 The body of a man who disappeared in the White River a week ago has been found.Late Saturday night, fishermen discovered the body of Aaron Marks below Lock & Dam 1 on the White River, Sheriff Keith Bowers said in a press release this morning.“Adam Branscum called in to dispatch at approximately 10:46 p.m. stating that he was fishing on the White River and had possibly found Marks,” Bowers said.Branscum and Heath Duncan were bow fishing when they discovered Marks, according to Stacy Caplener, assistant director of Office of Emergency Management.