Folk center presents Fall Harvest Festival

October 8, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Traditionally, fall is a bountiful time to harvest and store what has grown over the summer. To keep those traditions alive, the Ozark Folk Center State Park is holding its annual Fall Harvest Festival in the Craft Village from Oct. 20-31.“While you’re here, cast your vote for the best decorated Shop in the village as our crafters compete for the prized parking spot,” a news release states. “Come see the glory of the Heritage Herb Gardens in all their fall colors.”Events planned include:

CPR class offered

October 8, 2009 Vital Link Ambulance Service will offer a health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee is $40.To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Johnston completes clerks class

October 8, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE — Batesville City Clerk/Treasurer Denise Johnston recently attended the University of Arkansas Municipal Clerks Institute Advanced Academy class in Fayetteville. The Advanced Academy allows Certified Municipal Clerks to continue their professional growth and development. It honors continued high-level achievement beyond the attainment of the prestigious Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) award. According to a news release, through annual participation in the academy, municipal clerks gain in the following benefits:

Pumpkins to be painted

October 8, 2009 JONESBORO — Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will host a free mini-pumpkin painting session from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31. The nature center is located at 600 E. Lawson Road, Jonesboro.For more information, call Sarah Baxter, education program specialist with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, at (870) 933-6787.

Star gazing planned

October 8, 2009 Jacksonport — Jacksonport State Park is hosting a star gazing program called “Tour of the Universe” starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 17. The evening will begin in the courthouse with a presentation “Investigating the Universe” with Dr. Tillman Kennon, assistant professor of science education from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. The program will be on the planets and constellations of our universe. After the program at dusk, the star gazing takes place at the park pavilion.

Wyatt named vice chair

October 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Sen. David Wyatt of Batesville has become vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs.Wyatt was appointed by Sen. John Paul Capps of Searcy, the chairman. The vacancy occurred because the previous vice chairman resigned from the Senate.The committee considers legislation affecting roads, bridges and highways, airports and common carriers such as bus lines. It also considers legislation dealing with science, technology and bio-technology.

Jazz orchestra to perform

October 8, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host the Arkansas Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 tonight in Independence Hall at UACCB.The performance is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7. The Arkansas Jazz Orchestra includes 18 musicians who draw from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and many others. The orchestra also plays hits from current artists and composers such as Maynard Ferguson and Pat Metheny.

WRMC schedules Look Good, Feel Better program

October 8, 2009 The American Cancer Society will hold its Look Good, Feel Better program for women currently undergoing cancer treatment from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at White River Medical Center Cancer Care Center.“The Look Good, Feel Better program uses trained cosmetologists to teach cancer patients how to enhance their appearance and self image during cancer treatment,” a news release states.Each woman receives individual makeover advice along with a free makeup kit valued at $200. The session is free, those interested need to register by calling (870) 262-6200 or 1-800-342-6913.

Rockin’ for a Reason concert set for Oct. 30

October 8, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Foundation has announced plans for the Rockin’ for a Reason concert set for Oct. 30 in Independence Hall.Danny Dozier and The Lockhouse Orchestra will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and play for about two hours. All proceeds from the event will go toward the construction of the new nursing and allied health building on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus.

Williford Library gets $200,000 – Branch is part of White River system

October 8, 2009 HARDY — Before her good friend Glenna Garner died in 2005 at age 93, Marilyn Bischoff of Cherokee Village promised to keep the Williford Library going if any way was possible.Garner, a Williford schoolteacher for many years, had bought a quaint rock building near her home in downtown Williford about 40 years earlier, stocked it with books and maintained it as the Williford Library at her own expense until her death. Garner started the library because in those days, the school didn’t have much of a library, Bischoff said.