Sharp Co. 4-H making cookbooks

April 5, 2011 ASH FLAT — Sharp County 4-H is compiling a cookbook that will be made up of recipes from past and present 4-H members and leaders, said Annie Lester, 4-H Program assistant.“The cookbook will be published and available to the public by summer,” she said. “All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go toward funding 4-H activities and assisting members who are going to camps and other district or state activities.”

CPR class offered

April 5, 2011 The Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class will be offered by Vital Link ambulance service from 6 to 10 p.m. April 19 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee of $25 covers the cost of the textbook and the CPR card.To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Author coming to Springfest

April 5, 2011 HEBER SPRINGS — Author Michelle Rollins will be at Kathy’s Book Nook, 105 S. Second St., Heber Springs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during Springfest to sign copies of her book, “Miss Dimples and the Big Stink.”

Batesville 4-H Club to reorganize

April 5, 2011 A reorganization meeting of the Batesville 4-H Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Independence County Extension Office, located at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville. Ages 5 to 19 are welcome.

Mother gets mental hearing

April 5, 2011 BENTONVILLE (AP) — A mental evaluation has been ordered for a Rogers woman charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 3-week-old son.The evaluation was requested by defense attorneys for 27-year-old Rebecca Ann Drake and granted Monday by Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green. The Benton County Daily Record reports that Green ordered that Drake be evaluated at Ozark Guidance in Springdale and scheduled a mental status hearing for May 16 while canceling the scheduled May 17 start of Drake’s murder trial.

Medics won’t appeal

April 5, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two Little Rock paramedics who mistakenly thought a woman was dead will not appeal the suspension of their licenses.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services paramedics Brandi Johnson and Pat Bajorek are serving 34-day suspensions given them by the state Health Department.They led separate ambulance crews that missed signs of 52-year-old Pamela Harper being alive after she was found in the yard of a west Little Rock home.

High winds, rain, hit South; At least 6 people killed

April 5, 2011 ATLANTA (AP) — At least six people died in the South as fast-moving spring storms packing high winds, hail and lightning blew through the region, uprooting trees and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands, including in metro Atlanta.The storms were part of a system that cut a wide swath from the Mississippi River across the Southeast to Georgia and the Carolinas on Monday and early today. Tornado watches remained in effect today in eastern North and South Carolina as the storms appeared to head out to sea.

Hot power washing available

April 5, 2011 PLEASANT PLAINS — Pro Mobile Power Washing, owned and operated by Eric Boozer and his wife Amber of Pleasant Plains, is now serving clients throughout Independence County.“We pressure wash just about anything you can think of and we do it with hot water,” Boozer said recently. “Hot water is just better for cleaning, whether for vinyl siding, bricks, driveways, decks, mobile homes, anything.”

Arkansas Reader Railroad could reach North Texas

April 5, 2011 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ historic Reader Railroad could soon be steaming into North Texas if the pieces fall into place for one town.Bonham, a city of about 10,000, has been pushing for several years to establish a steam-powered, short-line railroad to draw tourists from the Dallas area, about 70 miles away.Since 2008, its primary suitor has been the Reader Railroad.

Board sets work session

April 5, 2011 The Batesville School Board will hold a work session begging at 6 tonight in the administration office board room, said Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison.“The purpose of the work session will be to discuss the high school expansion project,” he said. “No action will be taken.”All board meetings are open to the public.