Concord seniors set musical

May 10, 2011 CONCORD — The first Concord senior citizens music night will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Concord Community Center, said Jayne Pettit, the city’s recorder-treasurer. The event is open to the public.“Whoever wants to come and pick and sing can bring their instruments,” Pettit said. “They are hoping to make this music night a monthly feature.”Finger foods will be available.The seniors also have a weekly luncheon at noon on Thursdays for $2 per person for the seniors’ group and also have a 6 p.m. potluck on the last Monday of each month, she said.

Tutor workshop scheduled

May 10, 2011 The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project will conduct a tutor-training workshop at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jubilee Family Church, 45 Thunderbird Drive in Batesville. Volunteer tutors are matched with adult students who are learning to read or who are learning English. Tutors meet with their students for two hours each week at a time and public location of their choosing.

Anytime Fitness to host benefit for Chelsea Willis family

May 10, 2011 Anytime Fitness of Batesville will host a benefit for the family of Chelsea Willis to assist in funding so they may accompany her to Athens, Greece this summer where she has been invited to compete in the 2011 Special Olympic World Summer Games. For the benefit Anytime Fitness will be raffling off tickets for a one-year gym membership with tanning included. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The drawing will be held June 10 at Anytime Fitness, located at 3505 Harrison St.

Heber Springs gets grant for wastewater treatment

May 10, 2011 HEBER SRPINGS (AP) — Heber Springs has been awarded a $1.4 million federal grant for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford announced Monday that the Economic Development Administration grant will assist in rebuilding Cleburne County’s wastewater system that was damage by storms, floods and tornadoes in 2008.The EDA estimates the grant will create 310 jobs and leverage $16.5 million in private investments.

Pace awarded Lamar Williamson Prize

May 10, 2011 Dr. R. David Pace, associate professor of chemistry, has been awarded the 2011-12 Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His selection was announced at the commencement ceremonies Saturday at Lyon College.The Williamson Prize is given annually by Lyon College to the faculty member deemed to be the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane and Christian values, and contributions to the community.

102 get diplomas

May 10, 2011 One hundred and two seniors received their undergraduate degrees Saturday at the Lyon College Commencement. Rain forced the ceremony into Becknell Gymnasium at the last minute. It’s usually held outside in Couch Garden.Rain didn’t dampen the spirit of the graduates or the families, friends and Lyon faculty and staff who filled the gymnasium to see the grand finale of their academic career at the college.

$600 buys bogus Social Security card

May 10, 2011 A bogus Social Security card helped land an illegal alien a job, but using someone else’s name and insurance number landed her in jail.Elizabeth Carrillo, 38, of Batesville faces a charge of non-financial identity fraud, which is a class C felony.Carrillo became a person of interest after police officers took a fraud report from a local doctor’s office.The doctors told authorities a Hispanic woman had received services at the clinic under the name of Ageba Hernandez.

FBI mum on target

May 10, 2011 POCAHONTAS — Federal agents were in Pocahontas on Monday, but a spokesman for the FBI declined to comment because the investigation is ongoing.FBI special agent and media representative Steve Frazier said he could not comment on the matter due to the federal agency’s policy regarding investigations.Other local and state officials mirrored Frazier’s comment.Numerous police and federal vehicles were spotted Monday at locations in Pocahontas.

Rich completes super program

May 10, 2011 MORRILTON — Southside School District Superintendent Roger Rich was recently honored for having completed the Arkansas Leadership Academy’s superintendents’ institute program, according to a news release.Rich was among 20 Arkansas superintendents selected to participate in the program at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute at Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton.

Pick-up is Saturday

May 10, 2011 Come Saturday, Batesville letter carriers will be picking up more than the mail.The local post office will hold its annual food drive for Batesville Help and Hope that Saturday, and officials are asking for the public’s help with the largest one-day food drive in the nation.With the nation in the worst recession since the Great Depression, the demand for food is higher than ever — and showing no signs of slowing down.The good thing is, the donations have increased not only in Batesville but across the nation as well.