Voting group to meet

October 5, 2009 FAIRFIELD BAY — The Fairfield Bay League of Women Voters will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 Methodist Church Fellowship Room.Lisa Dowdy, a social worker with the Department of Human Services, will speak on the transition for youth leaving foster care. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization founded in 1920. “We study issues, not candidates,” said Dorothy Lishock of Drasco, vice president of the Fairfield Bay chapter. The group’s members are from Van Buren, Cleburne, Stone and Independence counties. Both women and men are welcome.

Books will be sold

October 5, 2009 HARDY — The Hardy Friends of the Library will hold the Semi-Annual Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Old Hardy Gym. The Book Sale benefits the Sharp County Library, which is a non-profit entity. Books should be delivered to the Hardy Gym from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Books may be taken to the Hardy Library prior to the sale. Any type of books is welcome.Customers are asked to bring their own bags to carry their purchases.Volunteers are needed to work at the sale. For more information, call Jayne Abele at (870) 257-3842.

Poetry Slam announced

October 5, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will present its Fall 2009 Poetry Slam at 11 a.m. Thursday in the First Year Experience Center. The FYE center is located in the UACCB Main Campus Building, room #230 A.This semester, the event will be highlighting the creative works from the following poets: Greg Bridgman, Erica Downs, Daniel Herrin, Kevin Howard, Shelly Mooneyhan, Martha Patterson, Amy Pinkston, Cassandra Poe, Elizabeth Reed and Anna Wooten.

Yard sale to be Saturday

October 5, 2009 The Relay for Life team at Townsends of Arkansas will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the plant parking lot.Individuals may rent a space for $10 to sell their own items.The team is taking donations of items to be sold at the yard sale. Items may be dropped off at the plant up to the day of the sale.For more information call (870) 793-7511.

UAW retirees to meet

October 5, 2009 POCAHONTAS — United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Bonanza Restaurant in Pocahontas.Barbara Larken of Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be at the meeting to address any insurance problems.

Art show scheduled

October 5, 2009 HARDY — The 2009 Spring River Artists Guild Art Show will be hung for viewing at the Spring River Gallery, 112B Main St., Hardy, from Oct. 16-25. There will be a reception in the gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25. The event is open to the public.The Spring River Art Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Regional artists have artwork shown in the gallery. The artwork is mostly watercolor, oil and mixed-media paintings, but jewelry and pottery are also displayed for sale.

Republican women to meet

October 5, 2009 Independence County Republican Women’s Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin, located at 1375 North St. Louis St. in Batesville.Guest speaker will be Jeannie Burlsworth, head of Secure Arkansas, an organization which was created in 2008 to help raise public awareness on the issue of illegal immigration and the adverse effects it can have on the economy and future health care, according to a news release.Burlsworth has spoken at town hall meetings throughout the state concerning illegal immigrants receiving public benefits in Arkansas.

Storage unit thefts reported

October 5, 2009 Police are investigating thefts at a storage unit rented by Sheila Akers at B&R Storage on North St. Louis Street. Akers said she placed items in her unit Sept. 24, and when she returned on Oct. 1, she found the lock had been cut off and approximately $1,550 worth of items were missing. Among the items stolen were numerous movies on DVD, a wooden desk/table, knicknacks, and crochet items, as well as family photos.

Tax payments due

October 5, 2009 Since Oct. 10 falls on a Saturday this year, the last day to pay taxes is Oct. 13, according to the Independence County Tax Collector Janet Perkey.These include personal taxes, real estate taxes and business personal taxes.Perkey said since the deadline falls on a weekend, the date is pushed back, but because the post office is closed for Columbus Day on Monday, the deadline is pushed back even further.The tax collection office will be open every regular workday between now and then. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Career education state board brags on Cave City programs

October 5, 2009 CAVE CITY — The variety and quality of career-oriented training offered to students at Cave City High School appeared to astound Arkansas Department of Career Education board members Thursday.For the first time in 10 years, the board and its guests, totaling about 30, met at a school.