Kiwanis warned of scams

May 12, 2011 Every time a major storm system moves through the state, home repair scams escalate, according to Stephen Svetz with the Arkansas Attorney General’s office.Svetz warned of the scams Friday during a luncheon meeting of the Batesville Kiwanis Club. Saying it’s unfortunate that there are people who will take advantage of others in times of disaster, Svetz reminds property owners they should be alert to unscrupulous repair contractors.

Conflict game features photos, facts about Civil War era locals

May 12, 2011 Batesville’s newest card game, Conflict, will be for sale Saturday in Old Independence Regional Museum’s gift shop, and visitors are invited to play in a card tournament featuring the game, museum officials said.Registration for the game, based on Arkansas Heritage Month’s Conflict & Consequences observance of Civil War History, will begin at 10 a.m. The game pays tribute to Confederate and Union soldiers, politicians, townsmen and townswomen during the conflict.

Mushroom growers turn a hobby into a business

May 12, 2011 SEARCY (AP) — Five years ago, a love for edible fungus drove three men to learn to grow their own shiitake mushrooms. Today, the group farms the fungus from 5,000 oak logs, selling them to individuals and businesses all over Arkansas. David Owens, David Sullivan and Mark Wood all met while working at the former Kohler factory in Searcy. “We started with 120 logs just for ourselves,” Wood said. “The first year, we ate all of them. The second year, we had a big flush. We didn’t know what to do with all of them.”

Arkansas brothers talk about coaching together

May 12, 2011 HARRISON — Doug Cross always knew it’d only be a matter of time before he and his younger brother, Greg, would be coaching high school sports together. Doug’s prophecy came true at the start of the 2008 football season, when he left his previous job as the head baseball coach and head football coach at Class 2A Hackett and followed his younger brother’s footsteps, becoming an assistant football and baseball coach for the Golden Goblins.

Miss Arkansas to be at Dogwood Days

May 12, 2011 HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the 25th annual Dogwood Days — Silver Celebration Saturday starting at 10 a.m.Miss Arkansas 2011 Alyse Eady will headline the day’s events with her singing/yodeling/ventriloquism act. She will perform at 2 p.m. in the gazebo located in the parking lot of the Diamond B Mall, Highway 289 in downtown Horseshoe Bend. Her friends “Rosie” and “Justin” will accompany her with their rendition of “I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and other selections.

The Weekend Events

May 12, 2011 Friday• Free story time for toddlers and preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Old Independence Regional Museum. Crafts included. To schedule a group, call (870) 793-2121. • Free basket making demonstration by Wilma Gilbert, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Calico Rock Visitors Center. Visit or call (870) 297-4129.

Batesville Schools zoning in

May 12, 2011 An increase in a minority population at the Batesville School District means a change will come to the Batesville School Board and how members are elected beginning in 2012.Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison met with members of the Independence County Election Commission on Wednesday to discuss the procedure of creating election zones for the school and how to move forward with the process.According to the U.S. Census, the Batesville School District reported a more than 10 percent minority population.

Lee’s Chapel Cemetery to have cleanup

May 11, 2011 SANDTOWN — The cemetery work day at Lee’s Chapel Cemetery at Sandtown will be at 8 a.m. May 21.Those attending are asked to bring tools.Rain date will be May 28.There will be a singing on June 5 at Lee’s Chapel Church.