Mt. Zion Baptist to host benefit concert

January 12, 2011 Don Bingham and Todd and Sharon Morris will host a benefit concert at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for Renewal Ranch in Conway.The fundraiser will be at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 149 Rorie St., Batesville and is open to the public.A free catfish and chicken dinner will be served after the morning worship service. Donations will be taken.For more information about Renewal Ranch or to receive its newsletter, call director James Loy at (501) 680-4895 or e-mail jamesaloy@hotmail.com.

‘Draw Me a Story’ to be exhibited

January 12, 2011 Old Independence Regional Museum is now taking school tour reservations for the nationally touring exhibit “Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration,” said staff member Amanda Nikkel.

No expulsions – One student returning to district

January 12, 2011 The Batesville School Board voted during a special meeting Tuesday not to expel three high school students involved in an off-campus drive-by shooting in December, but only one will be returning to the district, finishing the year at the district’s New Horizons Alternative Learning School at Desha.

Neighbor: Parents of Ariz. shooting suspect devastated

January 11, 2011 TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The parents of a man charged with trying to assassinate an Arizona congresswoman are devastated and guilt-ridden, a neighbor said, mourning their own tragedy as Tucson residents prepare today for a week of funerals and a visit from the president.Jared Loughner’s mother has been in bed, crying nonstop since Saturday, neighbor Wayne Smith, 70, told KPHO-TV. Amy and Randy Loughner want to know where they went wrong with their 22-year-old son, who is charged with trying to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing a federal judge.

Frozen South: Will it be days before thaw comes?

January 11, 2011 COLUMBIA, S.C. — It could be days before icy, treacherous conditions improve for areas of the South hit by a wintry blast that sent cars sliding off the road, emptied grocery shelves and had officials nervously watching ice-laden powerlines and tree limbs.

Cops make drug bust in Calico Rock

January 11, 2011 CALICO ROCK — A Calico Rock man was arrested Wednesday by Izard County deputies after a home visit by deputies, an Arkansas Department of Correction parole/probation officer, and an agent of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.Jessie Charles Carroll, 46, of First Street has been suspected of being a major drug supplier of the area, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.The drug bust netted a large quantity of marijuana and some meth along with other drug-related items, Lawrence said.Charges include:

Retired teachers slate meeting

January 11, 2011 MELBOURNE — Izard County teachers and school employees will meet at Ozarka Collage in Melbourne for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24.Following lunch, guest speaker Dr. Mike DeLong, vice president for academic affairs at Ozarka, will present information about upcoming continuing education opportunities and new programs. Those who are retired or will be retiring from schools in Izard County are encouraged to attend and bring items for community projects. For information call (870) 368-5012 or (870) 322-8438.

Diaz man completes program

January 11, 2011 ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Matthew Ward of Diaz, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, recently completed a five-day educational program at the organization’s home office in Rock Island, Ill., according to a news release.The program focused on helping families with Modern Woodmen life insurance plans, annuities and fraternal member benefits.

Charlotte EHC

January 11, 2011 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers club met Jan. 5 at the home of O.V. Henley, with one guest present and one member absent. The meeting opened with an inspirational read and the thought for the month. Roll call was naming a favorite book from childhood.Members learned the history of the song “Auld Lang Syne,” the Scottish poem by Robert Burns he wrote in 1788, and what the words mean, then sang the song.

Buchanan retires; new agent hired

January 11, 2011 State Farm Insurance is announcing the arrival of a new agent to Batesville.Veteran agent Jim Buchanan said recently that he is proud to introduce Lonzo Wilson to the community and that Wilson will be taking over his office at 2860 Harrison St.“He will be taking over my office,” Buchanan said. “And with the exception of Diana Smith who is retiring with me, he will be keeping Joyce Casteel and Venita Salter on staff to continue offering service to all our customers.”