UACCB to open child care facility

September 2, 2009 A new child care center on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus is just a few months away.“The walls are up and they’re painted,” said Mindy Shaw, early childhood education instructor. “We’re just waiting on carpet and tile. We’re really excited.”Located at the northeast corner of the college campus, the child care center will be available to students first, then UACCB employees and finally, if there are any slots available, the general public.

Report: Bank offers to repay some bailout

September 1, 2009 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America Corp. is looking to pay back some of the billions in federal bailout aid it has received in an effort to get out from underneath the government’s thumb, according to a published report.Meanwhile, the government wants the bank to pay about $500 million to terminate a tentative pact in which the U.S. agreed to share losses on certain Bank of America assets, The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Mobile home slayings shock family

September 1, 2009 BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The eight people slain in a weekend mobile home attack in this southeastern coastal city included a father and four older children and other members of an extended family, police and relatives said today.Police released the names and ages of the dead in a short statement three days after the carnage was first reported in a frantic emergency call by a relative who discovered the bodies on returning home. No suspect has been named in the Saturday killings that have rocked this Atlantic port city between Savannah and Jacksonville, Fla.

Ark. state senator says he’ll challenge Lincoln

September 1, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Sen. Gilbert Baker said today he’s seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln next year.Baker told The Associated Press he’ll join the crowded field of Republican candidates hoping to run against Lincoln, a Democrat seeking a third term in the Senate. Baker becomes the sixth Republican to announce a Senate bid.

Talk with girlfriend’s husband ends in arrest

September 1, 2009  Arrested on public intoxication charges early Monday morning, Chad W. Milligan, 37, of Batesville, reportedly said he had fallen down and that was the reason he had a busted lip at the time of his arrest.Deputy Dee McFatter was sent to an address on Haynie Drive around 5:30 a.m. regarding a drunk man there with Missouri warrants.McFatter said when she arrived Milligan came stumbling across the yard toward her police car.

Lake Charles sets programs

September 1, 2009 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will offer several upcoming programs, according to a news release.The park is located at 3705 Highway 25, Powhatan. For more information, call (870) 878-6595 or e-mail Nature Center will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, showcasing some live animals that call Arkansas home. The center is located near the beach in the Day Use Area and is free to the public.

Happenstance to perform

September 1, 2009 NEWPORT — The 2009-10 Noon Concert~Lecture Series at Arkansas State University Newport will begin Sept. 10 when Happenstance performs, according to a news release.“Happenstance is a three-piece acoustic group that plays original compositions, sings three-part harmony and throws in an unexpected cover song every now and again,” the release states. “The fun they have playing is infectious and the audience leaves with a smile on its face and a song in its heart.”

Ozarka to offer Gourmet Night

September 1, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College’s department of culinary arts announces the first “Gourmet Night” for the 2009-10 year will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17. Dinner guests will order from a select menu of items served in the formal culinary arts dining room in the John Miller Education Complex.

Magic show set in Heber Springs

September 1, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Scott Davis will perform a magic show at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

Folk Dance Days planned

September 1, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center will host the 30th annual Dance Festival Sept. 11-13. Fees are as follows: $65 for Sept. 11, 12 and 13; and $40 for Sept. 12 and 13.Forty-eight workshops will cover all levels of clogging, step dancing, Scottish, English, contras, squares, waltzes, polkas, international and more. There will be community dances Friday and Saturday nights from 10 to midnight, a jig dance contest at 6 p.m. Friday, a clogging show at noon Saturday, a dance show at 7 p.m. Saturday, and a Dance Roundup from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.