Ozarka to host festival

October 20, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College will host its third annual Fall Family Fun Festival in Melbourne from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, October 23 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.

ICARE to serve chili

October 20, 2009 BROCKWELL — The Izard County Animal Rescue Effort will hold a Halloween Chili Supper fall fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Center in Brockwell. Chili with all the trimmings, homemade desserts and beverages will be served, with live music from Dead Wood Groove and an auction. Tickets are $5 (children 6 and under eat free). Costumes are optional, but a prize will be awarded for the best one. Tickets are available at Cooper Realty, the Hairy Cactus and the Izard County Courthouse (Clerk’s Office) in Melbourne.

Church sets chili supper

October 20, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church will have a chili supper at 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be “popcorn” preaching and singing.The event is open to the public. All donations will go to the building fund. For more information, call Daryl Sellers, pastor, at (870) 834-9294.

Harvest dinner, bazaar slated

October 20, 2009 EVENING SHADE — Evening Shade United Methodist Church will have a harvest dinner buffet and bazaar from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.The meal will include chicken and dressing, turkey, ham, side dishes, dessert and drink. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3 for children age 6 to 12. Dine-in and carry-out meals will be available.

Band to perform

October 20, 2009 BROCKWELL — The Oak Street country gospel band featuring Darrell Vest, Charlie Browning, Jim Shell, Sandy Willhite and Jason Shell will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Brockwell Music School Auditorium, located at the intersection of highways 9 and 56.Admission is free but donations will be taken. For more information, call (870) 368-4734 or 368-5012.

Guard collecting goods for John 3:16, Luke 4:18

October 20, 2009 It’s a time for giving and receiving at the Batesville Daily Guard.As a way of giving back to the community, the Guard is asking for donations to help John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte and Luke 4:18 Lives, located on Swaim Hill Road near Southside. During the months of October and November, those who bring in five or more nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies or paper supplies will receive $5 off a three-month or more subscription of the Guard. The offer is valid for both new and renewal subscriptions. This special offer ends Nov. 30.

19-year-old shot in face

October 20, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — An investigation is continuing into a shooting near Prim in which a man was hit in the face by a bullet, according to a press release from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department.The shooting was reported at 4:53 p.m. Wednesday from a Skylark Drive residence and deputies were immediately dispatched to investigate.“Upon arrival, officers discovered that 19-year-old Robert Knight had suffered a gunshot wound to the face,” the release states.

School eyes grant, discusses upcoming events

October 20, 2009 Batesville School is hoping to put technology in the hands of its students and teachers if it is approved for a $200,000 Enhancing Education Through Technology grant. Debbie Miller, director of curriculum and instruction, told the Batesville School Board Monday that she and teacher Lisa Huff met in Little Rock to explain why Batesville deserves the grant. “We walked out of there with smiles on our faces,” she said, noting that they felt confident about their presentation before the state.

Fall Festival to be Friday

October 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — Cave City elementary and middle schools will host their annual Fall Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in front of and inside the Cave City cafeteria.More than 20 activities will be held, including a cakewalk, duck pond, fishing booth, dart throw, Plinko, candy/pumpkin walk and Monster Shredder. Chili, hot dogs and hamburgers will be available at the concession stand.The coronation of kings and queens will begin at 7:15 p.m. Drawings for prizes will follow.The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call Vicki Musick at (870) 283-5393.

Poet to speak at Lyon

October 20, 2009 Poet Kevin Prufer will provide a writer’s life interview at noon Oct. 27 at Lyon College in the Alphin Board Room. He also will host a poetry reading at 7:30 later that evening in Bevens Music Room.Prufer is the author of four poetry collections, the most recent of which are “Fallen From a Chariot” and “National Anthem,” named one of the five best poetry books of the year by Publishers Weekly. He is also the editor of several volumes including New Young American Poets, New European Poets and the international literary magazine Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.