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What:  2013 Crisis Intervention Program

When:  March 1st through September 30th or until funds are depleted, whichever occurs first

What Else:  For applicants to be considered in a crisis situation, they are required to have received a shut off notice from their energy supplier with a shut-off notice date to be within 7 days from the date of application or a statement from the gas supplier stating the household’s tank is at or below 10 percent of tank capacity with a written statement of the cost of a minimum delivery of gas.  Following are the requirements needed before the applications can be taken or processed:  1. Proof of income for all household members for the previous month, including verification of any contributions from family and friends.  Applications stating income is zero must provide written statement verifying how they pay their bills.  2. Information on the date and place of current or last employment for all household members.  Any member 18 or older without a job must provide verification of unemployment.  3. Proof of child support being received.  4. Proof of utility assistance if applicant receives subsidized housing.  5. A copy of an energy bill or receipt from energy supplier, including a receipt stating cost of wood if the applicant’s main heating source is wood, to help NADC make the payment to the correct vendor.  The Independence County NADC office will be open from 8-11am and 1-3pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  For more information, contact Stan Calvery at 870-793-5765 ext. 230.


What:  Homeless Veterans Benefit Concert

When:  Saturday, March 2nd, 12noon-1pm benefit luncheon, 1-2pm Guest performers

Where:  American Legion Post 336, Hardy

What Else:  All proceeds will go directly to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Homeless Veterans Fund.  For more information, contact Janice Reever at 870-996-3362.


What:  Army National Guard FRG 8K ‘Running with the Dogs’

When:  Saturday, March 2nd, 7:30-8:30 registration, 9am race starts

Where:  Batesville National Guard Armory, 1690 White Drive

What Else:  Adult registration $20.  Students $15.  Entry forms may be obtained at under calendar.  For more information, contact Dee Warren at 662-801-7281 or Lisa Smith at 501-339-6631.


What:  Crochet for Christ

When:  Saturday mornings, 10am

Where:  Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church, 4th and Locust, Newark

What Else:  Hazel Edwards Memorial UMC is making blankets for the homeless and those otherwise in need.  You don’t have to know how to crochet, they’ll teach you.  If you can’t make it and still want to help, just stitch up some 6”x6” squares and call for pick up 870-307-2712.


What:  Saturday Book Sale

When:  Saturday, March 2nd, 9:30am-1pm

Where:  Conference Room, Stone County Library, Mountain View

What Else:  All the regular types of books, magazines, tapes, dvds and related items will be priced and available for purchase.  The selection is good and the prices are low.


What:  10th Annual Yard and Craft Sale

When:  Saturday, March 2nd, 7am-3pm

Where:  Independence County Fairgrounds, Batesville

What:  Admission is $1 per person at the rear gate.  Breakfast and lunch will be available.  Free parking.  For more information, contact Donna at 870-251-2248.


What:  ‘The Tiptons’ Concert

When:  Sunday, March 3rd, 6pm

Where:  West Baptist Church

What Else:  A love offering will be taken.


What:  Ozark Woodland Owners Association Board of Directors Meeting

When:  Thursday, March 7th, 8:30am

Where:  County Extension Office Conference Room, 1770 Meyers Street, Batesville


What:  Spaghetti Supper and Auction Fundraiser

When:  Friday, March 8th, 5pm

Where:  Concord School Cafeteria

What Else:  All proceeds will go to the Concord Food Pantry.  Non-perishable food item donations will be accepted at the door.  If you would like to donate items for the auction, make a donation or need additional information, contact Pantry Director Trudy Burton at 870-213-8079.


What:  Love and Respect Conference

When:  Friday, March 8th, 5:30pm and Saturday, March 9th, 9am

Where:  Batesville First Assembly, corner of 20th and Lyon Streets

What Else:  Conference for anyone who is In a relationship or wants to be.  Revolutionize your marriage.  Registration is $35 per couple and $20 per individual.  The fee covers the meal, the workbook and childcare.  To register, or if anyone cannot afford the conference but would like to attend, please call 870-793-5489.


What:  Southern Gospel Singing Convention

When:  Friday, March 8th, 6pm and Saturday, March 9th, 5pm

Where:  Ramsey Heights Baptist Church, 449 Heber Springs Road, Hwy 25, 1 mile west of Hwy 167

What Else:  Admission is free.  A love offering will be taken.  For more information, call 870-834-0100 or 501-977-6525.


What:  ‘The Isaacs’ Concert

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 4pm

Where:  Flatwoods Baptist Church, 2707 East Main Street, Mountain View

What Else:  Tickets are $20, cash or check only, available at area banks and Mountain View School Campuses.  For more information, call 870-213-5398.


What:  Cave City Kiwanis Pitch Tournament

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 7pm

Where:  Cave City Elementary Safe Room

What Else:  Matching funds by Modern Woodmen of America.  For more information, contact Randall Perkey at 870-283-2365 or Lisa Reschke at 870-834-5287.


What:  Bootlegger Daze

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 11am-4pm

Where:  Calico Rock Museum, Historic Main Street, Highway 5 at the White River Bridge

What Else:  The museum will unveil its new Jesse James exhibit and display replicas of moonshine stills.  Visitors can enjoy live music, watch beadmaking, basketweaving and pottery demonstrations and enjoy fresh smoked ‘chicken on a stick’.  For more information, contact Gloria Gushue at 870-297-4129.


What:  5th Annual Friends in Great Places

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 7:30pm

Where:  Independence Hall, UACCB

What Else:  Tickets are $10 per person and are available at UACCB, WRD Entertainment, First Community Bank, Centennial Bank of Mountain View, Citizens Bank, Southern Bank, Liberty Bank and the Batesville Guard.  Proceeds will support the UACCB Kids’ College Program.


What:  Kenny Brackett Family Benefit Fishing Tournament

When:  Saturday, March 9th, registration 4:30-6am, fishing 6:30am-3pm

Where:  Greers Ferry Lake Devils Fork Tournament Center

What Else:  $1,500 guaranteed 1st place.  $100 entry fee per boat.  $10 optional Big Bass.  Proceeds will be used to cover medical and burial costs.  For more information, contact Tracy Hudspeth at 501-206-9282 or Chris Roark at 501-772-2970.


What:  Melbourne Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 316 Open House

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 9am-2pm

Where:  Melbourne Fire Station #2, Possum Trot

What Else:  All boys and girls ages 14-20 are invited for fun, games and food.  If you are 14-20 and interested in the outdoors, camping, hiking and many other adventures, come join the fun.  Activities include fire building, tent erection, first aid, knot tying, archery and other useful skills.  For more information, call 870-283-1365 or 870-368-4255.


What:  Ladies’ Luncheon, Fashion Show and Silent Auction Fundraiser

When:  Saturday, March 9th, 11am-1pm

Where:  Ozarka College Student Center, Mountain View

What Else:  Tickets are $20 and available at Ozarka College and Centennial Bank – main and branch.  Proceeds will benefit the Kenneth and Janice Sutton Scholarship.


What:  Patterson Lecture:  Bruce Plante, Editorial Cartoonist

When:  Tuesday, March 12th, 7:30pm

Where:  Nucor Auditorium, Lyon Building, Lyon College, 2300 Highland Drive, Batesville

What Else:  Plante has been an editorial cartoonist for the Tulsa World since 2007.  His cartoons are syndicated to more than 80 publications in the US, and he has won several awards for his cartoons.  For more information, contact Chandra Huston at 870-307-7488.


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Tuesday, March 12th, 1-6pm

Where:  White River Medical Center, 1710 Harrison Street, Batesville


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Tuesday, March 12th, 2-6pm

Where:  First Church of the Nazarene, 1611 Harrison Street, Batesville


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Thursday, March 14th, 9am-2pm

Where:  Cedar Ridge School District, 1500 North Hill Street, Newark


What:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

When:  Friday, March 15th, 11am-6pm

Where:  Harps Food Store, 1740 Batesville Boulevard, Southside Batesville


What:  St. Patrick’s Day Pageant

When:  Saturday, March 16th, 6pm

Where:  Cleburne County Fairgrounds Commercial Building, Heber Springs

What Else:  The entry fee is $35.  An additional fee of $10 will be charged to participate in the optional photogenic competition.  Entry forms must be turned in by 4pm on Wednesday, March 13th to the Cleburne County Cooperative Extension Service.  Entry forms can be picked up at the Cleburne County Extension office at 2319 Highway 110 West, Suite D in Heber Springs.  For questions, call 501-362-2524.  All proceeds raised from the pageant will go toward the installation of air conditioning in the Education Building at the Cleburne County Fairgrounds.


What:  Annual Wild Game Supper

When:  Thursday, March 14th, 6:30pm

Where:  Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church Auditorium

What Else:  Featured speaker will be Jerry Garvin, master longbow craftsman and owner of Stone Point Archery in Edgefield, South Carolina.  Venison bacon wraps and fried taters will be served.  Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.  Absolutely no tickets will be sold at the door.  For more information, call 870-362-3987.


What:  Spring Gospel Meeting

When:  Monday, March 11th through Friday, March 15th, 7pm nightly

Where:  Quail Valley Church of Christ, 4104 Harrison, Batesville

What Else:  Preaching by Larry Osborne of Kansas City, Missouri.  Topics will include, ‘Why Are We Here?’ and ‘Defining Discipleship’.  For more information, visit or call 870-793-6700 or 870-569-4491.


What:  Spring Junior Livestock Show Entry Deadline

When:  Friday, March 15th

Where:  From Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren Counties

What Else:  Enter beef cattle, goats and horses.  Register online at


What:  Wee Bit Irish Genealogy Workship

When:  Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30-9:30pm

Where:  Batesville Nursing Building Auditorium, UACCB, 2005 White Drive

What Else:  The cost is $5 at the door for handouts and refreshments.  To reserve a seat, call 870-792-7725 or 870-307-4275.  All seats are wired for internet access and laptops are welcome.


What:  The Izard County Conservation District is now accepting orders for catfish, crappie, grass carp, hybrid bluegill, largemouth bass and fathead minnows.  Please call 870-368-4413 ext. 3 or stop by the Izard County Conservation District Office at 1357 East Main in the Oliver Building in Melbourne to place your order.


What:  Benefit Ride and Concert

When:  Saturday, March 23rd, 12noon

Where:  Westside High School parking lot to old Cash School gym

What Else:  There will be food and drinks at the end of the ride.  The cost will be $20 per person and any other donations will be accepted at Regions Bank under the name Earl Webster Westside Memorial Gardens.  Proceeds will go to the upkeep and maintenance of the Memorial Gardens.  For more information, contact President Robert Webster (Teardrop) at 870-243-0216 or Vice President Chris Scott (Topher) at 870-219-1687.


What:  Trivia Game Night

When:  Saturday, March 23rd, 6pm

Where:  Fellowship Bible Church, Main Street, Batesville

What Else:  Spay-ghetti supper and soda included in registration fee of $15.  Space is limited and tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.  If your group or organization would like to purchase an entire table (8 seats) fee is only $120.  Individuals and smaller parties will be grouped at event.  All proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Independence County.  To register or for more information, contact Bev Finch at 870-613-3045 or Sue Agustus at 870-307-5305.


What:  Annual Batesville Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

When:  Monday, April 1st, 6:30pm

Where:  Rider Room, First Community Bank, Batesville

What Else:  The contest is open to area boys and girls who will be under 19 who have not graduated high school.  Depending on the number of entries, there will be boys and girls divisions.  Completed entry forms must be received no later than March 25th.  Local winners will compete for cash prizes, $100/first place, $50/second place, $25/third place.  Local first place winners will be advanced to the Zone Contest.  Zone winners will advance to District to compete for a $2,500 scholarship.  The title for this year’s contest is ‘Why My Voice Is Important’.  It is important to follow the rules to eliminate lost points or disqualification.  For more information or to get an application, see your school counselor or contact Chris Black at 870-834-2131.


What:  Bake Sale Fundraiser

When:  Monday, March 25th through Friday, March 29th (while quantities last)

Where:  Southern Bank, 1583 South St. Louis Street, Batesville

What Else:  There will be a variety of goodies to choose from:  pies, cakes, cookies, etc. just in time for Easter.  Cookbooks will also be for sale for $10.  Proceeds will go to Relay for Life.


What:  Chili-Soup Supper

When:  Saturday, March 2nd, 4-7pm

Where:  Pleasant Plains VFW Post 10007, 250 East club Rd, Pleasant Plains

What Else:  Monies raised will go to help with community projects during the year.


What:  ‘Exercise is Medicine’ FREE Community Health Education Event

When:  Tuesday, March 12th, 12noon-1pm

Where:  Conference Room B of Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging, WRMC

What Else:  Presented by Dr. Douglas Bernard.  Lunch will be provided.


What:  10th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market

When:  Friday, April 12th, 1-6pm and Saturday, April 13th, 8am-3pm

Where:  Fulton County Fairgrounds

What Else:  For more information, call 870-895-5545 or 458-3080.


What:  6th Annual Threads of Life Quilt and Fiber Arts Show

When:  Saturday, April 13th, 9am-4pm and Sunday, April 14th, 1-4pm

Where:  St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 East Washington, Jonesboro

What Else:  Admission is free.  Proceeds will benefit the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.  For more information, visit or call 870-207-2500.


What:  Gun and Knife Show

When:  Saturday, April 13th, 9am-5pm and Sunday, April 14th, 9am-4pm

Where:  Stone County Fairgrounds, Mountain View

What Else:  Over 90 tables of guns and knives.  One of the largest shows in Northcentral Arkansas.  All proceeds from this twice yearly event are used to purchase firefighting and medical equipment for the Timbo Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders.  For more information, call 870-746-4349.


What:  Ozark Foothills Literacy Project is seeking donations for a yard sale fundraiser to be held on April 20th.  Drop of small items at the Batesville Public Library.  Call 870-793-5912 about larger items.






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