State budget gets $100M cut

October 21, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe cut Arkansas’ budget by $100 million on Tuesday because of the drop in nearly all areas of tax collections, but said he did not expect to lay off any employees.The 2.2 percent budget cut means large reductions for the state departments of Correction, Community Correction, Health and state police. The reduction cuts Arkansas’ expected revenue for the fiscal year, which began July 1, to $4.4 billion.

Bike ride, fish fry to benefit Anderson’s Promise Land

October 21, 2009 LA CROSSE — Dream Bikers Biking for Children Chapter E will hold its second annual fish fry and bike ride Saturday at the Izard County Fairgrounds in La Crosse near Melbourne.The ride will begin at 11 a.m. The fish fry will begin at 2 p.m. The Air Evac helicopter and the Clear Creek Coach will be at the event.Non-riders and families are welcome, and a bike is not necessary to attend.The cost is $15 per bike and $5 for an extra rider and includes the dinner. The dinner alone is $5.

Mountain Home Moose Lodge to present German Fest

October 21, 2009 Mountain Home — The Mountain Home Moose Lodge #1953, located on Highway 5 South, will hold its fourth annual German Fest Saturday. Social Hour will begin at 4:30 p.m., with food service beginning at 5:30. The dinner will include traditional German food including sauerbraten, real German bratwurst, sweet and sour red cabbage, hot German potato salad, sauerkraut, apple strudel and black forest cake, as well as German beers and wines. German and Tyrolian music will be performed.

Single’s ministry to have hayride

October 21, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will have an extra meeting this month, at 6:33 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of First Community Bank, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville. After the meeting, there will be a bonfire and hayride at Cushman. Hot dogs will be served.The event is open to all Christian single adults. Attendees may bring their lawn chairs and musical instruments. Halloween costumes are optional.  For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

Assembly to host musician

October 21, 2009 NEWARK — David Patillo will be in concert at Newark Assembly of God at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Ozarka to host festival

October 21, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College will host its third annual Fall Family Fun Festival in Melbourne from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday behind the Fred Blankenship Allied Health Building. Many departments, programs, student and community organizations will be involved in the event, which is free and open to the public. There will be contests, fun, food and games for children of all ages.

Church to host conference

October 21, 2009 New Testament House of Prayer will host a community women’s conference with information sessions, guest speakers and nightly services Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The event is free but those who are interested are asked to call Melvina Childress at (870) 613-6922 for details about locations and specific times.

Public rides offered on WWII bomber visiting Fayetteville

October 21, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE — The B-17 “Aluminum Overcast,” an American heavy bomber aircraft, will be available for tours and rides on Oct. 27 and 28 at the Arkansas Air Museum in Fayetteville.“There’s only four left in the world, and it’s a real piece of history,” said Warren Jones, executive director of the air museum. “It was the most mass-produced bomber in World War II. It actually changed the course of the war in Europe.”

ASU to honor nursing alumnae

October 21, 2009 Jonesboro — A Batesville woman will be among six alumni from Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions who will be honored Saturday as part of ASU’s 2009 Homecoming celebration. The group is being recognized at a reception from 2-4 p.m. in Room 223 of the new Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences. The reception is open to the public, and tours of the Reynolds Center are available.

Grant applicants to meet with court

October 21, 2009 All Independence County parks and recreation grant applicants are requested to attend the county’s parks and recreation committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27.The meeting will take place in the circuit courtroom on the second floor of the county courthouse at Broad and Main streets in downtown Batesville. All applicants will be reviewed in no particular order, according to county officials.