Firefighters to hold fundraiser

November 4, 2009 DESHA — The Desha Volunteer Fire Department will have a chili day fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the main fire station next to Speedway RV Park on Highways 25/14.The chili is free, but the department is asking for generous donations to help buy a large emergency power generator that could be used at any one of its three stations, or other location, in case of a natural disaster or other emergency.Once the generator is purchased, any left over money will be used to buy needed firefighting equipment.

EHC to donate stockings

November 4, 2009 The Independence County Extension Homemakers Clubs will donate stockings for the Angel Tree Project at Citizens Bank again this year.The goal is to have 100 stockings to give to the project. Club members are asked to collect stockings within each club and bring them to the Holiday Council Meeting on Dec. 10 at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.

Meeting changed

November 4, 2009 The December Holiday Council Meeting for all Extension Homemakers Club members has been changed to Dec. 10.The meeting will be held at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. Lunch is $5.

Harvest dinner scheduled

November 4, 2009 The J.T. Story Harvest Day Dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Central Avenue United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 1205 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.Carry-out meals will be available. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Men. For more information or to buy tickets, call (870) 793-2365.

Craft sale announced

November 4, 2009 The 25th annual Holiday Craft Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. The event is sponsored by the Extension Homemakers Clubs of Independence County.Vendor spaces are available for $45 for the two-day event. All items must be handmade. Breakfast will be available on Saturday, and lunch will be available both days.For more information call (870) 251-2248, 251-1533 or (870) 283-4949.

Scholarship offered

November 4, 2009 The Master Gardeners of Independence County are now accepting applications for their college scholarship for the 2010-11 school year.Applicants must be residents of Independence County. Those interested may pick up application forms with the complete rules at the Cooperative Extension Office, located at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.The deadline for completed applications is Dec. 31.

Spring River Artist Guild awards presented for 2009

November 4, 2009 HARDY — Award-winning Missouri artist Michael McClure judged the 2009 Spring River Artists Guild Art Show. The award ceremony was held during a reception in the gallery on Oct. 25.There were 81 entries from regional artists in this annual show. The art work of watercolor, oil, mixed-media paintings and pottery was not categorized. Four awards were given for each of the first, second and third places.Best of Show was a water-color by gallery director Trish Corder titled “Blanchard Springs.” People’s Choice winner was Eva Haley with “Donna’s Treasures.”

‘Aladdin’ to open Thursday

November 4, 2009 The Disney musical “Aladdin” will be presented in a joint production by the Batesville School District and the Batesville Community Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Batesville school auditorium on Water Street, director Ginger Sandy said.Doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtime.Two performances will also be presented for the elementary schools on Nov. 6.

Directors to discuss lawsuit

November 4, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to continue to discuss a payment disagreement with Parker Construction, Manager John Richardson said.The Parker firm filed a lawsuit several months ago, claiming it is owed more money for its part of the Southside wastewater system construction. Richardson said Parker was paid the amount stated in its contract.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson will give the report concerning the lawsuit.

ASMSA to meet in Batesville

November 4, 2009 The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, located in Hot Springs, will hold an informational meeting in Batesville from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lyon College Science Center in Derby 11. ASMSA staff will meet with interested students and their families to discuss admission requirements, course work, class sizes, residential life and extracurricular activities.