Happenstance to perform

September 1, 2009 NEWPORT — The 2009-10 Noon Concert~Lecture Series at Arkansas State University Newport will begin Sept. 10 when Happenstance performs, according to a news release.“Happenstance is a three-piece acoustic group that plays original compositions, sings three-part harmony and throws in an unexpected cover song every now and again,” the release states. “The fun they have playing is infectious and the audience leaves with a smile on its face and a song in its heart.”

Ozarka to offer Gourmet Night

September 1, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College’s department of culinary arts announces the first “Gourmet Night” for the 2009-10 year will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17. Dinner guests will order from a select menu of items served in the formal culinary arts dining room in the John Miller Education Complex.

Magic show set in Heber Springs

September 1, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Scott Davis will perform a magic show at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

Folk Dance Days planned

September 1, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center will host the 30th annual Dance Festival Sept. 11-13. Fees are as follows: $65 for Sept. 11, 12 and 13; and $40 for Sept. 12 and 13.Forty-eight workshops will cover all levels of clogging, step dancing, Scottish, English, contras, squares, waltzes, polkas, international and more. There will be community dances Friday and Saturday nights from 10 to midnight, a jig dance contest at 6 p.m. Friday, a clogging show at noon Saturday, a dance show at 7 p.m. Saturday, and a Dance Roundup from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Folk center to fire kiln, host demonstration

September 1, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park will host the seventh annual firing of the 100-cubic-foot traditional groundhog kiln. The actual firing of the pottery takes from 27 to 30 hours, according to a news release. The kiln then needs to cool for two days. Monday was the opening day and the entire day was spent unloading the treasures from the kiln.

Jail search leads to drug charges

September 1, 2009 Originally jailed on a shoplifting charge Wednesday afternoon, Melinda Renee Gilmer, 39, of Locust Grove, was later charged with drug possession after a jail employee reportedly found a bottle of pills in her purse.Deputy Nathan Stephens said the bottle contained seven white oval pills with IP 112 on one side and was identified by poison control as being Hydrocodone. Five blue diamond shaped pills found in a small Zip Lock style bag were identified as Viagra, he said.

Habitat for Humanity gears up for second event

September 1, 2009 The first “Home-Aid” fundraiser was a success, and now the local Habitat for Humanity is preparing to break ground on its second house.Monday night, area businesses, industries and individuals came together for the Habitat for Humanity of Independence County. The event, which featured a live auction and concert by Jericho Crossing at Josie’s at the Lockhouse, raised $4,085, said Heather Fulbright, Habitat board treasurer. She estimated between 140 and 150 people attended.

Teen injured in rollover

September 1, 2009 CAVE CITY — Cave City High School junior Alex Cossey remains in serious condition in Arkansas Children’s Hospital this morning as the result of a one-vehicle accident Friday on Sunset Ridge Road, about eight miles southeast of Cave City, according to his sister, Cassie Cobb, who created and is keeping an Alex Cossey Support Group page updated every few hours on Facebook, the Internet social networking site.

$100,000 bond set in rape case

September 1, 2009  Bond for a Batesville man charged with raping a 12-year-old girl has been set at $100,000 by District Judge Chaney Taylor, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Mike Mundy of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Mundy said in his affidavit that Domestic Violence Officer Dee McFatter was dispatched Sunday to a county residence concerning a call of child molestation.“When she arrived she met with the victim, a 12-year-old girl who was deeply distraught,” Mundy said.

Pickler to entertain Bad Boy

September 1, 2009 With her “Red High-Heels,” country singer Kellie Pickler will be heading to Batesville Sept. 28 for a private concert as part of Bad Boy Mowers’ fourth annual dealer meeting. Pickler, 23, a top 10 finalist on season five’s “American Idol” who’s has also had hits with “Best Days of Your Life” and “I Wonder,” is set to perform at 8 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.