UP’s ‘Little Rock Express’ to depart May 29

March 28, 2011 OMAHA, Neb. — The Little Rock Express will depart May 29 from Kansas City, Mo., and conclude June 9 in Little Rock as part of Union Pacific’s Great Excursion Adventure — You Route the Steam contest. More than 175,000 votes were cast for four different routes, with the Little Rock Express defeating the Tuscola Turn, Baton Rouge Rambler and Boise Express.

Mt. Pleasant to host bingo

March 28, 2011 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary will host a night of bingo beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the school cafeteria.Cards will be sold for $5 each. Prizes will be won and refreshments will be available. Proceeds will go toward Melbourne’s 2011 Project Graduation fund, which will be used to provide a safe, drug-free environment for seniors on graduation night. 

School selling barbecue dinner

March 28, 2011 MELBOURNE — A barbecue dinner and bake sale will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at Melbourne High School. Tickets for the barbecue sandwiches and all the trimmings, donated by Hawg’s Exxon of Batesville, will be $5 and only 400 tickets will be available. Proceeds will go toward Melbourne’s 2011 Project Graduation fund, which will be used to provide a safe, drug-free environment for seniors on graduation night.For more information about the dinner or to donate call (870) 291-0954 or 291-2693.

Child-safety seat event planned

March 28, 2011 The Independence County Fairgrounds at Batesville will be host to a child-safety seat seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.Volunteers with United Way’s Success By 6, the sheriff’s office, state police, Junior Auxiliary of Independence County and Dimensions child passenger safety program will show how to correctly use safety seats and assist those who do not own one.Patrons are asked to bring their children and primary vehicles. Donations will also be accepted.

CPR class offered

March 28, 2011 Vital Link will be hosting the Healthcare Provider CPR course from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at the Alan Davis Conference Center, 1033 EMS Drive, Batsville. The fee is $40. To register call (870) 793-3551.

NAMI Arkansas names president

March 28, 2011 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Dr. Bonnie Leonhardt has been named president of the Arkansas’ National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) board.NAMI is the largest grassroots organization on mental health in the country, helping the families and those living with autism, ADD/HD, depression and other mental illnesses, as well as returning veterans with post-traumatic stress disorders. NAMI provides education, support, and advocacy through an alliance of family and friends, mental health consumers, and professionals in the field.

Melbourne sale is Saturday

March 28, 2011 MELBOURNE — The spring city-wide yard sale in Melbourne will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.The event will be advertised statewide and in southern Missouri and is expected to be the largest sale in several years. Last year’s sale brought in shoppers from Little Rock, Oklahoma, Missouri and other states.For more information call Melbourne City Hall at (870) 368-4215.

VFW will present dinner

March 28, 2011 HIGHLAND — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Highland will have a dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.The meal will include a choice of corned beef and cabbage or chicken potpie with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad bar, beverage and dessert.The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.Proceeds will go to support VFW programs.

Ozarka library slates book sale

March 28, 2011 MELBOURNE — The first annual Friends of the Paul Weaver Library book sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of the John E. Miller Building of Ozarka College, Melbourne. All items will be in good condition and priced to sell, according to a news release. The newly formed Friends of the Library has been collecting books, videos, magazines, compact discs, audio books and recordings for the sale.

Dinner to help Evening Shade Police

March 28, 2011 EVENING SHADE — The Evening Shade Police Department will have a K-9 fundraising dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Evening Shade School cafeteria.The meal will include chicken and dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, yeast roll, dessert and drink. Take-out will be available.The cost is $7 per person. Donations may be mailed to Evening Shade Police Department K-9 Fund, P.O. Box 235, Evening Shade, AR 72532.For more information call (870) 321-1450.