Fish dinner to be served

August 4, 2009 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — Hutchinson Mountain Community Center will have its fish fry and chicken dinner from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The center is at 3370 Camp Tahkodah Road.Prices are $8 per adults, $4 for children 11 and under. Drinks and dessert are included in the all-you-can-eat buffet.

Three Izard County inmates transported to prison

August 4, 2009 MELBOURNE — Three Izard County inmates who were awaiting bed space in the Arkansas Department of Correction were transported to prison on Thursday. Roy Stroud, 72, of Batesville will serve time for sex-related crimes. Paul David Beaver, 25, of Horseshoe Bend was sentenced under a parole revocation associated with breaking and entering along with theft of property. Donnie Ray Woodcock, 28, of Calico Rock was sent to prison on a parole violation. In other sheriff’s department activities:

Everett announces for District 10 senate seat

August 4, 2009 SALEM — Rep. Curren Everett (D-Salem, District 82) has announced he is seeking election to Arkansas’ State Senate in District 10.The seat is currently held by Senator Paul Miller, who is restricted by term limits from running for re-election. District 10 includes Fulton, Sharp, Randolph, Izard, Stone and part of Independence County. The primary election will be held May 18, 2010 and the General Election will be Nov. 2, 2010.

Sun Records musician dies

August 4, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Billy Lee Riley, a rambunctious performer and songwriter who helped develop the Sun Records sound as a studio musician for other headliners, died Sunday in Jonesboro. He was 75.Riley’s singles included “Red Hot” and “Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll,” the latter of which led him to call his band “The Little Green Men” for a time. Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport is handling arrangements.

Melon judging planned

August 4, 2009 CAVE CITY — The annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will once again feature a judging contest of the “world famous Cave City watermelons,” contest organizer James Mack Street said.The judging will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, the first event on the opening night of the festival.Musical entertainment Thursday features harmonica player Kaleena Hutchins at 6, Rockin’ Luke Stroud at 7 and the Billy Joe French Band at 8. The performances will take place in the Cave City Park.The festival continues through Saturday.

Melon judging planned

August 4, 2009 CAVE CITY — The annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will once again feature a judging contest of the “world famous Cave City watermelons,” contest organizer James Mack Street said.The judging will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, the first event on the opening night of the festival.Musical entertainment Thursday features harmonica player Kaleena Hutchins at 6, Rockin’ Luke Stroud at 7 and the Billy Joe French Band at 8. The performances will take place in the Cave City Park.The festival continues through Saturday.

Area Briefs

August 3, 2009 Cedar Ridge to hold registration NEWARK — On Aug. 10 and 11, Cedar Ridge School District will hold new student registration for seventh through 12th grades. Students, along with parents or guardians, should come to the high school between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. “Please bring the student’s Social Security card and birth certificate,” counselor Dana Manuel said. 

WRWC events continue

August 3, 2009 The White River Water Carnival Parade’s Wet Zone nearly became the entire parade route, instead of just the few blocks at the end Saturday morning.A few rain drops fell as floats, beauty pageant winners, fire trucks and Wet Zone participants made their way down Batesville’s Main Street, but for the most part, the rain held off and the parade went on as usual.

Reporting on Petit Jean

August 3, 2009 Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of “Travel in Arkansas” tourism articles for the Batesville Daily Guard.

HRA celebrates

August 3, 2009 Health Resources of Arkansas celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday by honoring its founder, the late Bill Huddleston, who started the private, nonprofit organization as North Arkansas Human Services System Inc.One highlight was the unveiling of a large portrait of Huddleston, by artist Kim Hinkle. The painting will hang in the organization’s headquarters on Gap Road.Also announced were two scholarships in Huddleston’s name and plans for an annual Bill Huddleston Golf Tournament.