FilmFest receives funds

January 4, 2010 Ozark Foothills FilmFest Inc. has received a $10,000 award to support the 2010 FilmFest, set for March 24-28 in Batesville. The grant, awarded in the Challenge America Fast-Track Review category is specifically for “FilmFest activities including regional premieres of independent films, followed by post-screening discussions with the filmmakers.”

Martin to celebrate 85th birthday

January 4, 2010 ROOSEVELT — Ruth Martin of the Roosevelt community in northern White County will celebrate her 85th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at her home.She taught second-graders in Pleasant Plains for many years.The reception will be hosted by her family. All family and friends are invited to attend. She requests no gifts.For more information call (501) 278-6306.

Fleeing checkpoint lands 2 men in jail

January 4, 2010 MELBOURNE — Two men were arrested late New Year’s Eve when the vehicle they were in attempted to avoid a sobriety checkpoint at the intersection of state highways 177 and 223 in Pineville.Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the driver, Richard Thomas Brown, 51, was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a chemical test, having no driver’s license, careless and prohibited driving, fleeing in vehicle, fleeing on foot, and resisting arrest.

$25M Powerball ticket sold; remains unclaimed

January 4, 2010 MAYFLOWER (AP) — Arkansas lottery officials say a $25 million Powerball ticket was sold in Mayflower, but the winner hasn’t stepped forward to claim the prize yet.Lottery officials planned a noon press conference today in Mayflower. The ticket was sold at the Crackerbox Food Store No. 25 on Arkansas Highway 365, just north of Mayflower.Under state law, the retailer is entitled to $50,000.Powerball says just one ticket hit the jackpot in Saturday night’s drawing. The winner can choose between a 29-year payout or a lump sum payment of more than $12 million.

AARP executive meeting set

January 4, 2010 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex.This event is open to committee members and AARP members.

Weather delays state openings; schools closed

January 4, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State offices in Arkansas opened two hours late this morning because of winter weather that has also closed schools in parts of the state.The National Weather Service has also issued a winter weather advisory until noon today for Arkansas, Benton, Sebastian, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford and Franklin counties. The weather service says an additional one-half to one inch of snow could fall on top of the 3 to 4 inches that fell in parts of the region during the weekend.

Southside to meet tonight

January 4, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight at the high school cafeteria annex where it will consider signing a memorandum of understanding to participate in the Arkansas Department of Education’s Race to the Top initiative.  The regular meeting has been moved up so the board can consider this action without having to hold a special meeting, Superintendent Roger Rich said. The deadline set by the state to sign the memorandum is Friday.

City boards to meet

January 4, 2010 The Batesville zoning board and planning commission will meet at 6 tonight at city hall on Main Street.The zoning board will hear an appeal by Jerry Waugh in regards to his denial of a permit to replace a manufactured home in an existing trailer park.The planning commission, which meets immediately following the zoning board, will be electing officers for 2010.The meetings are open to the public.

Fur trade topic at January event

January 4, 2010 Joe Biard, former mayor of Batesville, will present a program at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at Old Independence Regional Museum, telling about his parents’ businesses and their past as he remembers it. He will focus on their Batesville Fur Company, which at one time was the largest fur market in Arkansas.

Drivers urged to use caution

January 4, 2010 A weekend blanket of light snow, along with sub-freezing temperatures, caused cancellation of some church services Sunday, and classes at several area schools today. However, the Batesville School District was not scheduled to have classes until Tuesday and was not affected by today’s snow covered streets.Snow accumulations ranged from a slight dusting to slightly over an inch in many places, according to Will Floyd with the Independence County Office of Emergency Management.