Batesville High School Class of 1949 to hold 60-year reunion

September 25, 2009 THE BATESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1949 will hold its 60-year reunion Oct. 2-3, with class members registering at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 in the West Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, where Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh will welcome the class, according to a news release. Then, on Oct. 3, the class will host an open house for class members as well as friends and other BHS alumni at 10 a.m. in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank. “Come and renew acquaintances,” the release states. For more information call Mary Bossi Harmon at (870) 793-5049 or (870) 307-1147.

Area artists to play at Caldwell

September 25, 2009 CALDWELL — Former Sun recording artist and rock ’n’ roll legend Sonny Burgess of Newport and Rockin’ Luke Stroud of Cave City, along with the rest of Stroud’s band, The 50s Beat, will kick off the entertainment at the Caldwell Cotton Pickin’ Festival at 6 tonight, Burgess said.Burgess will play lead guitar, Jean Hendrix of Tuckerman will be on drums and Doug Greeno of Weiner will play bass guitar, with Stroud on piano and vocals.At 7, Burgess and his band, the legendary Pacers, take the stage for their own show.

Home burglarized, camper trailer stolen

September 25, 2009  Police have no suspects in the case of a home that was burglarized on Breezy Lane sometime in the past month while the homeowner was away.Cheryl A. Wiles told sheriff’s investigators Monday that she had been gone on vacation most of the summer, returning home periodically for short stays.Wiles said that when she returned home approximately a month ago she noticed that someone had broken into her home through a kitchen window and stolen several items valued at $1,340.

Independence County DAR

September 25, 2009 The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held its September meeting in the George Rider Room, First Community Bank. Regent Linda Carol Cooper of Melbourne welcomed members and guest Debbie Branscum of Salem, a prospective member.National Defense Chairwoman Betsy Benton reported on the importance to our nation’s history of the musical bands in the various branches of military service. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin organized the first to be established — the Army.Cooper read the Flag Minute and the Indian Minute.

Homecoming planned

September 25, 2009 Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2645 White Drive in Batesville, will celebrate its 116th homecoming Sunday.Services will begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, followed by a message by former member Chuck Roach, now a missionary pastor at Libby Road Baptist Mission in Heber Springs.A potluck meal will follow the service.Special music by Precious Seed Music Ministry, which consists of sisters Beth and Clari Dees from Twin Oaks Missionary Baptist Church in East Peoria, Ill., will begin at 2 p.m.

Harding to present ‘Scrooge’

September 25, 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,” playing at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31.Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Benson Auditorium, and online tickets are available on The Benson box office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Youth contests announced

September 25, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Northcentral Arkansas District Fair will sponsor Youth Day Contests beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 2.The contests are open to FFA members and 4-H Club members from Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Stone, Cleburne and Van Buren counties.The contests include: livestock judging (team and individual), agriculture business management (individual only), entomology (individual) and plant identification (individual).Those not eligible to compete in the district fair who wish to participate as a practice event may contact the event chairman for the desired event.

Jacksonport schedules activities

September 25, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail are as follows:Friday6:30 p.m., campground — Shelling and Pearling. The residents of Jacksonport experienced a world of White River pearling at the turn of the 20th century. On display will be the equipment used by divers. Saturday

Knitters ‘cast’ prayers on shawls

September 25, 2009 BETHESDA — Sharon Sanders holds up her practice piece and counts the stitches. The beginning row started with 20 but somewhere along the way the rows have narrowed to 19 stitches.“I’ve got to take it all out,” she says, holding up the four-inch by 12-inch piece under the watchful eye of Carolyn Slisher, who puts down her pastel handiwork and takes a look.Sanders explains that the number of stitches had gotten “off,” so she undoes all the work she’d just done, then prepares to cast on (placing the stitches that will be knitted onto the needle) again.

Meeks announces for sheriff position

September 25, 2009 Billy Meeks, Democrat, of Floral who has 20 years of law enforcement experience has announced he is seeking election to the position of sheriff in Independence County.“I have made a career in law enforcement with experience in patrol, investigations, warrants and civil process,” Meeks said. “I have utilized and taken all the training available to myself. In my 20 years of service to this county, I have enjoyed helping people, using my training and experience.