GAP sets luncheon meeting

December 4, 2009 Members of the Batesville Schools Grandparents As Parents program will meet at noon Thursday at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center resource room at 1900 Lyon St.This meeting is open to any relative acting as the primary caregiver to any child from birth to high school. Lunch will be provided.For more information call the Parents as Teachers office at (870) 793-0627.

Single’s ministry to meet

December 4, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank in the George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.The event is free and open to all Christian singles age 21 and older. Refreshments will be served, followed by a short devotion and then game time.For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

Rogers crowned teen queen

December 4, 2009 Blytheville — Ashleigh Rogers of Batesville was recently crowned the 2010 Lights of the Delta’s Outstanding Teen.The Lights of the Delta Pageants were recently held in Blytheville. Rogers is the 16-year-old daughter of Joe and Rebecca Rogers and is a junior at Batesville High School. Her pageant platform is “Promoting CPR.” She will be representing the Lights of the Delta Festival at Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant this summer. Last year she held the title of Batesville’s Outstanding Teen.

WBC to hold concert

December 4, 2009 Sparrow recording artist Josh Wilson will be in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Baptist Church in Batesville. The event is open to the public but donations will be taken.

Wire, trailer stolen

December 4, 2009 A telephone repairman for AT&T, John Reid, told police that when he went on a service call to the 1200 block of Dusty Lane Wednesday morning, he found about 15 feet of cable had been cut out of the phone line where it crossed the creek on Dusty Lane.“Reid said the cost to repair and replace the cable was estimated at $2,500,” Deputy Nathan Stephens said. “Reid said they (phone company) have had several thefts of wire in the Sharp County area in the past and listed a suspect.”

Memories sought for special section

December 4, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section on Dec. 24.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St.; mail it to the Guard, Attn: Andrea Bruner, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503; or e-mail it to deadline for stories and photos is Wednesday.

Counties declared disaster areas

December 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in 37 Arkansas counties following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck Arkansas beginning Oct. 29, Gov. Mike Beebe learned Thursday afternoon. The declaration covers Boone, Bradley, Calhoun, Carroll, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Cross, Dallas, Franklin, Fulton, Grant, Izard, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Monroe, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Francis, Scott, Sharp, Stone, Union, Van Buren, White and Woodruff.

Alzheimer’s program offered

December 4, 2009 JONESBORO — The Center on Aging-Northeast will host a free community education series, “When a Family Member Has Alzheimer’s,” from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17 at the facility at 303 E. Matthews in Jonesboro.This series targets family members of those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and are in the early to middlestages. Topics to be discussed during the 2-part program include: an overview of the disease, coping skills, community resources and future planning tips.

Arts, crafts on display

December 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The works of some of Arkansas’s finest artists and crafters are displayed at the 31st annual Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase Friday through Sunday.Jewelry, woodworks, pottery, photography, hand-blown and stained glass, fiber art, oils, mixed media and baskets are just some of the handmade items that will be offered by approximately 100 artisans. This seasonal shopping extravaganza is held in Hall 4 of the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. For more information contact the Craft Guild at or (870) 269-4120.

Ornament workshop offered

December 4, 2009 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will present a Holiday Ornaments Inspired by Nature workshop at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 for children of all ages.The nature center will provide acorns, evergreen cones and other natural materials to create holiday ornaments, said Sarah Baxter, education program specialist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.The nature center is located at 600 E. Lawson Road in Jonesboro. For more information, call (870) 933-6787 or e-mail