Pageant entry deadline extended

September 10, 2009 EVENING SHADE — The entry deadline for entering beauty pageants associated with Evening Shade’s upcoming Red, White & Blue Round-Up has been extended, director Dianne Tharp said.Entries will be accepted until just a few minutes before the 7 p.m. Friday start, she said. The pageants will be held in Burt Reynolds Gymnasium on the local school campus.Entry forms can be picked up at the Bank of Cave City, the Evening Shade branch of the Bank of Cave City.Dress for contestants will be informal, preferably red, white and blue, Tharp said.

Ice cream social planned

September 10, 2009 To celebrate Grandparents Day, Rolling Hills Nursing Center will host an ice cream social at 3 p.m. Sunday. The center is located at 1680 Batesville Blvd. and can be reached at (870) 251-1112. Grandparents Day was proclaimed a national holiday in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter.

Paper Chase sets poetry reading

September 10, 2009 Reginald Davis, a Little Rock performance poet, will headline the September 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk. Davis will “perform” works from his book, “Abstract Thoughts and Observations — A Book of Poetry,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Paper Chase Bookstore, 136 W. Main. Davis is married to Batesville native Jessica Strong, whose father operated the former Phillips 66 gas station on Main Street. He studied writing and rhetoric at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and works in the Programming Division at the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

Fashion show to benefit humane society

September 10, 2009 The Rescues & Runways Fashion Show will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, located at 20th and Lyon streets in Batesville.Maurices, located in the Town Plaza Shopping Center, will be the sponsor.The fashion show will feature models walking the runway wearing the latest fall looks from Maurices accompanied by a pet that is available for adoption.

Awards presented at Lyon president’s convocation

September 10, 2009 Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman wants to know who students are more than what they plan to do.In his first president’s convocation at Lyon College as the school’s 17th president, Weatherman told a large crowd of students, faculty, staff and advisory board members Tuesday that a liberal arts education is about character, responsibility and honesty.“Liberal arts focuses on the human qualities that I think always precede what you are going to do,” Weatherman said.

Lincoln first female to head Senate agriculture committee

September 10, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln was picked to head the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on Wednesday, making her the first woman to serve as the panel’s leader.The Arkansas Democrat will take over for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Lincoln has served on the Senate committee since January 1999. When she was a congresswoman, Lincoln served on the House Agriculture Committee from 1993-95.“As a seventh-generation Arkansan and farmer’s daughter, I know my father is smiling down on me today,” Lincoln said.

Council approves board members

September 10, 2009 Following a brief executive session Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council approved 12 people to serve on two separate city boards that will assist in handling city business.Approved to serve on the city’s Appeals Board were Butch Duncan, Zach Mobley, Chad Sisco, James Boothby, Jack Stevenson, Mike Schmidt and Steve Chase.The board serves as part of the process of appeals in disputes with the city code enforcement office, city planning commission, etc.

Gleghorn inducted into Hall of Fame

September 10, 2009 A Batesville man has been inducted into the Arkansas State Firefighters Hall of Fame.Brent Gleghorn, assistant fire chief for the Batesville Fire Department, received the award June 27 at the state fire chiefs’ convention in Hot Springs.The award was a surprise to Gleghorn, according to his wife, Kim. “He was selected because of his years of involvement with the fire service. ... I’ve never seen him speechless until then,” she said, adding that their family was hidden away in a separate room.

Prostitution ring under investigation

September 10, 2009  An ongoing undercover investigation regarding male prostitution in the Batesville area got a break Wednesday morning with the arrest of a 47-year-old Pleasant Plains man, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.Patrick W. Phillips was arrested shortly after 8:30 a.m. when Rhonda Dowell, a resident of Vista Point, an area near the Salado Creek rest stop, called the sheriff’s office to say she had met a suspicious-acting man in a silver and maroon pickup truck.

Crop disaster loan deadline nears

September 9, 2009 Dee Anne Barnes, director of the Independence County Farm Service Agency, said it may be hard to believe when producers are so busy with their 2009 crops that very soon they must plan and take action for their 2010 crops.