Phillipses to have reunion

September 15, 2009 CONCORD — The descendants of Marshall Phillips will have a reunion at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, located at 10923 Heber Springs Road in Concord.A potluck will be held at noon.The event is open to the public.

Batesville realtor honored

September 15, 2009 Jerry L. Kemp has been named 2009 Realtor of the Year for the Batesville Board of Realtors, according to a press release.Kemp has been a member of the board since 2004, is the current president of the Batesville Board of Realtors, and is the managing broker and owner of Crye-Leike Batesville Real Estate Center.As realtor of the year he will attend the fall 2009 Arkansas Realtors Association Convention in Hot Springs where he will be honored along with other realtors from other boards across the state.

Meeting postponed

September 15, 2009 The Batesville City Council has postponed its next meeting from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29. A budget committee meeting will follow.The council usually meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, at 5:30 p.m. in city hall. All meetings are open to the public.

Carpenter gala to be Friday

September 15, 2009 The Dustin and Sarah Carpenter Quest for Life Foundation gala, dinner and auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse in Batesville. Entertainment will be provided by Triple Threat.The cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple. Fees are due with registration.The foundation was established in memory of the couple, who were killed in an automobile accident on Dec. 11, 2007. The memorial fund was organized in conjunction with First Community Bank.

Cedar Ridge to give report

September 15, 2009 CHARLOTTE — Cedar Ridge School Board will meet and the district will hold its annual report to the public tonight. The meeting will begin at 7 in the Cord-Charlotte Elementary cafeteria at 225 School Road, Charlotte.The sale of used school buses and discussion of facility projects, out-of-state conferences, financial reports and bills mark the board’s agenda.

Family health center relocates

September 15, 2009 White River Rural Health Center  Inc. Independence Family Health Center is now located at 1175 Vine St. in Batesville. The facility will provide comprehensive medical primary care services to all ages and continue to offer specialty services with the Ryan White Care Program.  Call (870) 793-4600 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

80-year-old woman loves to exercise

September 15, 2009 Eighty-year-old Almeda Varnell believes in the benefits of exercise. In fact, she likes to get in a three-mile walk before her workout.“I meet a couple of friends at 6 o’clock and we walk at Oaklawn Cemetery,” said Varnell, who lives at Southside. The exceptions are inclement weather and Thursday mornings, which is her day to volunteer at the hospital.But even if the weather is bad, she still can — and does — manage a 30-minute workout at Curves.

Fowlkes seeks District 82 seat

September 15, 2009 SALEM—Karrol Fowlkes, Democrat, has announced he is seeking election to the Arkansas House of Representatives District 82.The position is currently held by Curren Everett, who is term limited from running for re-election in the House. Everett is seeking the District 10 seat in the Senate.Fowlkes serves as a member of the Salem Industrial Development Commission and is a director at the Bank of Salem. He is vice-president of Fulton County Farm Bureau.

Earthquakes give no warning

September 15, 2009 Earthquakes are different from any other type of natural disaster in that there is no warning, Myra Jane Biggers, chief natural disaster response planner for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, told local Kiwanians Friday.With tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, fires and wind storms, at least some warning exists, giving residents and officials at least a little time to prepare or take precautions, she said.“We’re all going to find out at the same time, when that (earthquake) happens,” Biggers said.

Wildcat Road to be appealed

September 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County Attorney Larry Kissee is appealing an Independence County decision to close a portion of Wildcat Road near the Sharp-Independence county line.Stephens & Associates, owner of Wildcat Properties, recently expanded their land holdings in the area and asked both county courts to close the public road to the ranch, making it a private road, Sharp County Judge Larry Brown said.