Fall lectures slated at WBC

September 2, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College has announced two public lectures that will be held in the fall semester. One is by a scholar on C.S. Lewis, and the other will feature a Batesville poet.Dr. Hal Poe, an expert on the writings of C.S. Lewis, will speak at Williams on Sept. 21. His address, entitled “C.S. Lewis and Imagination,” will begin at 7 p.m. in WBC’s Mabee Student Center.

Church to have yard sale

September 2, 2009 First Free Will Baptist Church, located on the corner of Arch and Blossom streets in west Batesville, will sponsor a Jolly Pilgrim Fall Yard Sale beginning at 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday in their Family Life Center building.A variety of items will be for sale.The concession stand will feature fried pies, sausage, gravy and biscuits.Proceeds from the sale will go toward the Family Life Center project.

Single’s ministry to meet

September 2, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Park in Batesville for a picnic, followed by a short devotion and outdoor games.This is a change in location for the group, which usually meets at First Community Bank.The event is open to all Christian singles. Refreshments will be served.For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

NADC board to meet

September 2, 2009 The Northcentral Arkansas Developmental Council board of directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Italian Grill in Batesville.

Pleasant Ridge cemetery group holds annual homecoming

September 2, 2009 POUGHKEEPSIE — Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association near Poughkeepsie held its annual homecoming Aug. 22. Four board members were present.After those attending placed flowers and visited graves, there was a short business meeting.A collection of $1,498 was received for continued cemetery care.Approximately 80 people attended the homecoming, with many local towns and communities and six states being represented.A potluck was served at noon in the fellowship hall of the church, which is located next to the cemetery. A time of fellowship followed.

Museum to host story time

September 2, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum will continue its popular story time for toddlers and preschoolers this fall, according to a news release. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and will take place on the following Fridays: Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. This program is free and pre-registration is not required, but groups of five or more are asked to call ahead. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story time also includes crafts.

Medical expense accounts set up for Melton, Cossey

September 2, 2009 Medical expense accounts have been set up to benefit two area teenagers who were injured in accidents recently.An account has been set up at Citizens Bank for Matthew Jacob Melton, who is in critical condition at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after a horseback riding accident Saturday night.Deposits may be made at the main bank or any branch of the Citizens Bank, including branches in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Pleasant Plains and Mountain View.

Bear homecoming set for Saturday

September 2, 2009 OIL TROUGH — The second annual Oil Trough Bear Homecoming, a community festival at Oil Trough, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the local community center, said Jeannie Simmons Fisher, one of the organizers.“The fire department will be cooking,” she said, and entertainment will follow the lunch.The community’s festival was reactivated in 2008 as the Bear event, taking the place of an annual Oil Trough FunFest held several years earlier but which had lapsed a decade or more ago.

Sheriff reports theft crimes down in 2009

September 2, 2009 MELBOURNE — Crime is down in Izard County.That’s the news Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence told members of the quorum court when they met Tuesday night.Lawrence said the numbers show that theft reports are down 50 percent from this time last year.“That’s significant,” he said.Lawrence said that means arrests are down and that his office is pleased with the numbers they are seeing.“In 2008, we had 15 (commercial) burglaries and we’ve had seven this year,” he reported.

Billy Lee Riley remembered

September 2, 2009 NEWPORT — For some the journey was short, for others it was long, for many, however, it was worth it.As family, friends, fans and fellow musicians gathered at the Silver Moon Club in Newport on Sunday to honor late Sun-recording artist Billy Lee Riley, one thing was clear to club owner Grant Brinsfield.Aside from Elvis Presley’s performances here in 1955, “Newport hasn’t seen anything like this in 50 years,” he said with a laugh, standing outside the new Silver Moon that was built in 1987 after a fire destroyed the original building in 1986.