Arts council grants available

August 21, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Arkansas Arts Council is offering prekindergarten-12th grade schools and community organizations an opportunity to participate in the Arts in Education mini-grant program, according to the Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Center.“The grant program will provide funding to bring artists listed on the Arts in Education artist roster into the classroom or into an after-school or summer program to present a hands-on, curriculum-based or character-centered artist residency that can last up to 10 days,” the release states.

Church to host yard sale

August 21, 2009 Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church will host a “free yard sale” from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday.There will be items for all ages.All items are free to individuals and families.The church is located at 4000 Harrison St. in Batesville.

Mesa nets Lyon scholarship

August 21, 2009 Ryan Mesa of Batesville has been accepted for admission to Lyon College and received an athletic scholarship.Mesa, a Southside High School graduate, has been awarded a Scots Athletic Scholarship and will be a member of the Scots basketball team. He is the son of Tony and Debbie Mesa of Batesville and Stacy and Kim Gillmore of Batesville. He is the grandson of Ronnie and Kay Holder of Batesville and Della Brannam of Batesville.

Union Hill-Thida EHC

August 21, 2009 UNION HILL — The Union Hill-Thida Extension Homemakers Club met July 14 for their regular meeting. Hostess was Lana Hightower. A potluck was served, followed by the meeting.Seven members and three visitors were present. Two new members were added to the club.The club met Aug. 11 for a potluck and meeting at the home of Deloris Chambliss. Seven members were present with a new member being added.Roll call was taken by members answering the question “When was the last time you waded in a creek?”

Newport man charged with felony forgery

August 21, 2009 A Newport man has been charged with three counts of felony forgery after he allegedly cashed checks locally that had been stolen in Cleburne County.In an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Lt. Brenda Bittle said the charges against 26-year-old Jeremy W. Conway stemmed from a burglary of the James Gastineau residence on May 10.“When he (Gastineau) returned home he found the front doors to his residence open and called police,” Bittle said.

Hillcrest looks at Saturday school

August 21, 2009 STRAWBERRY — The Hillcrest School District will explore the benefits of having Saturday school as one discipline method for next school year. In a special board meeting Tuesday night prior to Hillcrest’s annual public report and open house, the administration was asked what it thought about having Saturday school as another way to discipline and agreed to consider the benefits for the 2010-11 year.

Mountains, Music & Motorcycles to be this weekend

August 21, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Music and motorcycles are returning to Mountain View this weekend for the annual Mountains, Music & Motorcycles extravaganza featuring biker games, a bike show and live music.Beginning at 7:30 tonight there will be a special music show at Cash’s White River Hoedown and then on Saturday, the entire court square will be designated as a motorcycle parking lot, along with biker and food vendors, biker games, and live music all day.Registration begins at 9 a.m. and a bike show begins at 10.

Conservation program begins

August 21, 2009 Ash Flat — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will begin continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The first cutoff for ranking purposes is scheduled for Sept. 30. To apply, individual producers, legal entities and Indian tribes will be encouraged to use a self-screening checklist first to determine whether the new program is suitable for them or their operation. The checklist is available on NRCS Web sites and at NRCS field offices. 

BCT to hold ‘Aladdin’ auditions

August 21, 2009 In conjunction with the Batesville School of Visual and Performing Arts, the Batesville Community Theatre will be holding open auditions for Disney’s “Aladdin” Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.  Roles up for grabs include the parts of Jasmine and Aladdin, the Sultan, Jafar, singing Genie, Iago and harem girls, as well as the magic carpet, Abu, guards, shopkeepers, narrators and princes.Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. at the Batesville School Auditorium located on Water Street with call backs set to begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 3.

UACCB offers hunter’s ed

August 21, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Community and Technical Education Division will offer a Hunter’s Education class Saturday and others on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, said Tina Paul, assistant to the chancellor.Each class will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Students will learn firearms safety, general woodsmanship and basic outdoors survival skills.