BAAC plans juried exhibit

October 11, 2011 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host the 2011 White River juried exhibition Friday     during downtown Batesville’s Wander and Wonder Walk.A public reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the gallery.

Hillcrest sets Parents Night

October 11, 2011 STRAWBERRY — Hillcrest High School at Strawberry will host a Parents Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the gym.Students and teachers will showcase various activities and clubs that involve students in grades 7-12.  The event is open to the public and is designed to inform the community about opportunities for students at school.Clubs and classes planning to participate are Environmental And Spatial Technology, Future Business Leaders of America, Robotics, Math and Science Club, criminology, and FFA among others.

Relay for Life sets open house

October 11, 2011 Relay for Life of Independence County will host an open house event from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Community Bank community room in Batesville.“If you are passionate about fighting back against cancer, are a cancer survivor who wants to be more active in helping others to celebrate more birthdays, or a business owner looking for ways to engage your employees, you are encouraged to attend,” Lynn Bray, one of the organizers, said. 

Photo contest deadline nears

October 11, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and Arkansas Living magazine are sponsoring a photo contest for cooperative members. The 12 winning submissions will be featured in the 2012 Arkansas Living calendar.Each of the 12 members who submit winning photographs will receive a $100 Visa gift card.“We are looking for images that represent and depict life in our great state,” Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, said. “We want photos that tell the story of living in Arkansas from the cameras of Arkansans.”

Academy plans fall fest

October 11, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Christian Academy will host its second annual fall festival from 6-8 p.m. Friday at 549 Heber Springs Road.   Food, games, prizes, face painting, pumpkin  painting, train rides, bounce houses and a silent auction will be among the many activities. For more information call (870) 612-9337 

Cemetery preservation workshop is Saturday

October 11, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will host a Cemetery Preservation workshop Saturday, at the historic Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren and a Cemetery Preservation Information Fair in Little Rock on Nov 5.The free October 15 workshop in Van Buren, which will last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include hands-on training by Norton Arts on how to clean, re-set and repair tombstones. Registration for the workshop is limited to the first 40 people to sign up. To register, contact Holly Hope at (501) 324-9880 or  email

Search ends

October 10, 2011 The families of Anna Faye Cowden no longer have to continue their search.Sunday, she was found.Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the call came in around 6 p.m. from a man who lives on Middletown Road, which is in the extreme southwest section of Izard County.“He was walking his dogs on his property when he first discovered a white car. He later discovered the body,” Lawrence said.The man, identified as Bob Reese, told authorities he initially thought the car was left there by some loggers because it was wedged between two trees.

Domestic violence vigil held

October 10, 2011 T-shirts in adult and children’s sizes and infant “onesies” lined the wall at Independence Hall. The garments represented one thing: Death by domestic violence.A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville to remember the victims of domestic violence. Clotheslines were set up with more than 300 T-shirts. Every T-shirt — including smaller shirts representing children and even “onesies” that represented babies — symbolized someone who had lost their lives to domestic violence in the last 10 years.

Demand drives sand permits

October 10, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas is experiencing a mining boom — but it’s not for diamonds or gold. It’s for tiny, perfectly round silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing.For more than 100 years, companies have dug pits in Arkansas to get the sand used in making glass and metal. But with the increase of shale gas drilling in the state and nationwide, companies are rushing to get permits to mine sand.

Election panel to meet

October 10, 2011 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the commission office at the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville.