Bereavement group to meet

February 23, 2011 The Family Connections Ministry of Batesville First Assembly of God and the Independence Baptist Association are hosting a five-week Bereavement Support Group for adults on Mondays starting at 4:45 on Feb. 28. Meetings will be held at the Independence Baptist Association on Central Avenue and are free to the public. To register, call (870) 793-0071.

Wood-Lawn board member retires

February 23, 2011 Wood-Lawn Nursing Home of Batesville has announced the retirement of 17-year board member Robert D. Stroud.Stroud, a Batesville attorney since 1974, has served on the Wood-Lawn board of directors since 1993. He graduated from Hendrix College in 1968 and the University of Arkansas where he earned his law degree in 1971.Having practiced personal injury law, medical malpractice, business litigation and banking law, Stroud served on the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Board from 1981-1985 and was Special Chief Justice Arkansas Supreme Court in 1989.

Foothills FilmFest announces return of Alloy Orchestra

February 23, 2011 The 10th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest will be March 23-27 at several venues in Batesville.The schedule is available online at, which also includes descriptions of every film, trailers for many of the films, ticket and membership information, details about the screenwriting awards program, and more.

BHS alum earns Ph.D.

February 23, 2011 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Julia Kathryn Covington recently received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her graduate research was in the area of organometallic synthesis of tantalum carbenes and imides.Convington is a 2001 graduate of Batesville High School. She is married to Joshua Abbott and is the daughter of Dean and Merry Covington of Batesville.

‘Higher performing’ schools named

February 23, 2011 AUSTIN, Texas — Six area schools have been named Higher Performing Schools by the National Center for Educational Achievement, according to a news release.Mount Pleasant Elementary, Cave City Elementary, Concord High School, Cherokee Elementary at the Highland School District, Calico Rock Elementary and Salem Elementary are among 86 schools on the list that “have consistently outperformed their peers that serve similar student populations ... and bringing more students to college and career readiness than expected,” according to the NCEA.

North Central Unit chase team, canines active in community

February 23, 2011 CALICO ROCK — The North Central Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction is home to officers — both human and canine — who are willing to assist local law enforcement outside the prison walls in keeping local communities safe.On a recent February evening, the Izard County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the North Central Unit’s Chase Team. The sheriff’s office was trying to arrest Jerry L. Lewis, who was deemed a high flight risk suspect with felony warrants in Missouri and several Arkansas counties.

Panel OKs restrictions

February 23, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A House committee passed a bill Tuesday tightening restrictions on sex offenders at moderate risk of reoffending, despite testimony from prison officials who said the tougher rules could send offenders underground and make them less likely to report to local law enforcement and get treatment.The bill would bar Level 2 sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, public park, youth center or day care facility. Currently, only Level 3 and Level 4 offenders, who are believed to be the most likely to commit more crimes, have those restrictions.

International fest to be Saturday at Eagle Mountain Magnet

February 23, 2011 A flair for the foreign will be the main event when Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary hosts the 12th annual Community International Festival Saturday. The event at the school is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. An international potluck will be held at 6 followed by the dance and music program at 7.

BHS to present ‘Idol’

February 23, 2011 The Batesville High School drama department will present the “BHS Idol!” competition at 7 p.m. Friday at the school’s auditorium on Water Street. Twelve students will compete for cash prizes. Admission is $4 adults and $2 children. Proceeds will benefit the high school’s upcoming production of “Camelot.” For more information call (870) 307-2414.

Ozarka slates Spring Gala

February 23, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Foundation Board will host its annual Spring Gala on March 31.“Celebrating CommUNITY” is this year’s theme and will include dinner prepared by the award-winning Culinary Arts Department to be served in the Ozarka College John E. Miller lobby at 6:30 p.m. Along with dinner, there will be an auction with all proceeds going to the foundation’s general fund that will be applied to “high need projects” at all Ozarka College locations.