Barbecue supper planned

October 6, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Strawberry Fire Department will have a barbecue supper beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the fire station. Carry-out meals will be available. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 11 and free for children 4 and under. All proceeds go to the fire department.

Batesville student wins scholarship

October 6, 2009 Recent Batesville High School graduate Miranda “Shea” Wilkerson has been named recipient of a $500 Suddenlink Communications Scholarship.

Maybelles to appear at Ozark Folk Center

October 6, 2009 Mountain View —The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View will host The Maybelles in concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12; season passes will be honored. For more information call (870) 269-3851 or visit

Lyon to host carnival

October 6, 2009 Alpha Xi Delta is hosting its annual Quarter Carnival starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday outside the Lower Union on the Lyon College campus.The event is an elementary-style carnival for the students of Lyon. Each game costs a few quarters, and students win tickets that go toward prize drawings.All proceeds will be donated to a charity in the Batesville area. Donations of prizes are being accepted. For more information call Lindsey D. Fry at (501) 622-9736.

Civil War group to meet

October 6, 2009 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Kay Southerland will present a program entitled “Civil War Medicine.” After reading a newspaper article a few years ago, Southerland became interested in the topic of medicine and the toll diseases took during the Civil War. She will discuss conditions in camps and the lack of food and medicines.

Grant will aid in equipping, training fire departments

October 6, 2009 The Arkansas Forestry Commission has been awarded an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant through the U.S. Forest Service for wildfire hazard reduction on property in Arkansas impacted by the ice storm of January 2009.The ice storm devastated the northern third of the state, producing large amounts of uprooted and broken trees. In an effort to assist fire departments responding to wildland fires in the designated counties, $340,000 will be used to purchase items to supply fire departments with a wildland firefighting kit.

GAP meeting scheduled

October 6, 2009 Batesville Schools will hold a Grandparents As Parents meeting at noon on Thursday at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St.Lunch will be provided.“Batesville GAP is designed to meet the unique needs of families and offer support and information to grandparents raising children,” a news release states. “If you are the primary caregiver or guardian of a child from birth to 18 and are interested in this free program please attend this informative meeting.” 

Variety Night to be Saturday

October 6, 2009 The fourth annual Variety Night to benefit John 3:16 Ministries will be Saturday at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall.Rep. Marion Berry is scheduled to be on hand for the big door prize giveaway, a 2009 Bad Boy Multi-Terrain Vehicle, valued at $11,000. Anyone buying a ticket to Variety Night will be entered into the drawing.Dinner begins at 5 p.m., with the silent/live auction at 6 and entertainment at 6:30. Mooney Starr will be the auctioneer for the live auction.

Bull Shoals police say 2 dead in murder-suicide

October 6, 2009 BULL SHOALS (AP) — Police in Bull Shoals say they’re investigating an apparent murder-suicide inside a local store.Police Chief David Hotchkiss says 50-year-old Roger Swain of Mountain Home and 41-year-old Tim Dilday of Fairview were killed in a shooting inside Harps Market just before 5 p.m. Monday.Swain was the store manager.Hotchkiss says Dilday went into Swain’s office, had a confrontation, then shot Swain then shot himself.No one else was injured.Police would not discuss a possible motive.

Craighead deputies cleared in shooting

October 6, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Craighead County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Walden has cleared three deputies involved in a shootout that killed one man and wounded another near Jonesboro.Chief Deputy Rick Thomas says the three have returned to duty after being on administrative leave. Their names haven’t been released.Raymond Floyd was killed and Phillip Sutfin wounded in the Sept. 28 shooting that occurred after two parole officers and a deputy went to Sutfin’s home northeast of Jonesboro.