Civil War commission announces historical marker program

December 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission invites groups and organizations around the state to sponsor a historical marker telling how the Civil War affected their area, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree said Monday as he announced the new Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program.

WRAAA to hear reports

December 3, 2009 The White River Area Agency on Aging Inc. board of directors will hold its quarterly meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at 3 Plantation Drive West in Heber Springs.The board will hear reports on the in-home services program, assisted living and will elect officers for 2010.

2 N. Little Rock aldermen facing federal charges

December 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A North Little Rock alderman and an alderman who resigned last month were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for their dealings with a man charged in an alleged scheme to rig bids on public projects.Cary L. Gaines, 63, resigned from the City Council a few days after he was revealed as an unnamed alderman in the Nov. 16 indictment of George Wylie Thompson of Cabot. Gaines faces a conspiracy charge, while Thompson faces charges that include fraud, conspiracy, possession of weapons by a convicted felon and drug distribution.

Portrait slots still available

December 3, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County still has a few appointments left for its upcoming Pictures with Pets, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the shelter north of Batesville.Those wanting to have their portraits taken with their pets should call and reserve a time slot. Matthews Photography will once again be providing services, and there is no sitting fee — customers just pay for the photo package they want.The humane society will also be taking part in the Batesville Christmas Parade later that evening, with a float and around 15 to 20 dogs walking beside it.

Church to present Christmas drama

December 3, 2009 Believers’ Community Church will host its annual Christmas drama presentation “This Is The Day!” at 7 p.m. Dec. 10-12. Admission is free and open to the public. Infant nursery care will be provided.

Preschool to host ‘Santa’s Studio’

December 3, 2009 Batesville Preschool will turn into “Santa’s Studio” at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 with “hands-on Christmas fun” for children of all ages at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center.“Santa’s Studio will have a work bench ready for everyone. There will be cookies to be decorated, ornaments to be made, Christmas crafts galore and much, much more,” said Lorrie McClure with the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. “We may even have a visit from Santa himself!”The center is located at 1900 Lyon St.

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December 3, 2009 Former educatorto be honored for serviceto community

Anglers get river warning

December 3, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Two floodgates at Greers Ferry Dam were opened approximately 1 foot at 8 this morning in an effort to lower Greers Ferry Lake to its normal level, according to a bulletin from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department.“This will be the equivalent of one-half of what one generator currently discharges during normal operation,” according to the bulletin.Two more floodgates are expected to be opened Friday.

Master Gardener program taking applications

December 2, 2009 Want to be a Master Gardener? Applications are being taken for those who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others. The Master Gardeners and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service are conducting the Master Gardener training program, one class per week, starting Feb. 4 amd ending March 4. The application deadline is Jan.11.

White Co. family named as finalist

December 2, 2009 SEARCY — Jeremy Gillam’s dad always intended for his eldest son to learn by doing. Part of that process was allowing him to figure things out for himself.“Dad drove me to the farm, let me out of the truck and said, ‘I know you’re ready for this,’” Gillam recalls. “Then he drove away, and I don’t think I saw him again for a week.”Jeremy Gillam was 23.He describes his dad as being a “hobby” farmer. “He enjoyed growing things and experimented with a little of this and a little of that, but it was more of a place for him to relax from his real job,” Gillam said.