Pleasant Ridge Cemetery holds annual homecoming

August 18, 2009 POUGHKEEPSIE — Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association will hold its annual cemetery homecoming and work day Saturday.The cemetery is located next to Pleasant Ridge Community Church at 108 Pleasant Ridge Road, nine miles northeast of Poughkeepsie.A business meeting will be at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck in the church fellowship hall.The event is open to the public.Donations may be sent to: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Fund, c/o FNBC, P.O. Box 8, Ash Flat, AR 72513; or Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association, 296 Hickory Ridge Road, Poughkeepsie, AR 72569.

Sidney reunion set; 1948-50 graduates will be recognized

August 18, 2009 SIDNEY — All former students and their descendants, plus friends of the old Sidney School District are invited to attend the biennial reunion Sept. 6, according to reunion chairperson Verbyl Caraway.Graduates of 1948, ’49 and ’50 will be honored during the afternoon gathering in the fellowship hall of the Sidney Baptist Church. At the last reunion, in 2007,  the graduates of 1957 were recognized as the final class to finish prior to consolidation.

Lyon student to serve in Mexico

August 18, 2009 DRASCO — Justin Scott Wahlquist, 19, has accepted a call to serve in the Mexico Guadalajara Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a news release.Wahlquist will leave for Spanish language training on Oct. 21. He will serve in Mexico for 24 months.He is the son of Scott and Michelle Wahlquist and the grandson of Bobby and Phyllis Killion, all of Drasco.Wahlquist is a 2006 graduate of Concord High School and is a junior at Lyon College in Batesville, where he is studying mathematics and physics.

Melbourne to start school Wednesday

August 18, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne School District, which has elementary campuses in Melbourne and Mount Pleasant and a high school campus in Melbourne, will begin classes Wednesday.Superintendent is Gerald Cooper. District treasurer is Toni Lawrence.Planned holidays include Labor Day, Sept. 7; deer/shopping day, Nov. 9; Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25-27; Christmas break, Dec. 21-Jan. 1; and spring break, March 22-26.Mount Pleasant preschool director is Sharon Blevins. Other certified employees include Lori Helm, Amy Love, Sherry Smith, Pam Smith and Sandra Webb.

Home-Aid fundraiser announced

August 18, 2009 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will host a benefit entitled “Home-Aid” to raise money to build its second home in Independence County, according to a news release.The event will be Aug. 31 at Josie’s at the Lockhouse in Batesville. Performers include Jericho’s Crossing, a contemporary Christian and country band, and others.

20th Street to be closed

August 18, 2009 Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh has announced that 20th Street will be closed from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday to through traffic.

Skipping school just got harder

August 18, 2009 If there’s an emergency, bad weather, if a student is absent, or if a bus is running late, parents, teachers and staff at the Batesville School District will soon be in the know.On Monday night, Skip Lanthem with AlertNow Rapid Communication Service presented details of the automated-messaging service to the school board, explaining that the service will allow the district to send voice, e-mail or text messages via a telephone or Internet-capable computer or device to anyone it wants, about anything it wants.

Shelter to close; HRA sells building

August 18, 2009 MELBOURNE — Safe Passage, a domestic violence shelter serving Izard and Fulton counties, will soon be closing its doors, but assistant director Christy Puckett hopes that it won’t be for good. Puckett and staff at Safe Passage received word Thursday from Health Resources of Arkansas, which owns the property, that the building has been sold, Puckett said. The shelter has been given until October to move.

Coroner, four others indicted

August 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Five people have been indicted by a grand jury on drug conspiracy charges, and the Independence County coroner is among them.According to U.S. District Attorney Jane Duke, four Independence County residents and one with an address unknown were involved in the conspiracy over a 12-year period.

Concord district returns to campus this week

August 17, 2009 CONCORD — Concord School District will begin classes Wednesday.Superintendent is Dr. Michael Davidson. District treasurer is Perralee Simpson.Planned holidays include: Labor Day, Sept. 7; Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25-27; Christmas break, Dec. 21-Jan. 1; spring break, March 22-26; Good Friday, April 2; and Memorial Day, May 31.Graduation is planned for May 14.The number of students enrolled last year was 483. There were 35 graduates with 92 percent of the senior class graduating. College attendance rate among 2008 graduates is 50 percent.