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Monday, March 26, 2007

EVENTS>>Spring 2007

Lonoke County plans robbery class Friday March 30
The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office will host a robbery prevention class for all Lonoke County businesses from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Office of Emergency Services in Lonoke.
The course will include how to prevent and prepare for robberies, and what to do during and after a robbery. Law enforcement instructor Branden Hampton of the Lonoke County Sheriff’s office will teach the course. The course is designed for commercial business owners and managers but all employees are welcome to attend.
Call 676-3000 or 676-0414 for more information.


Cabot Relay will Paint the Town Purple in May
The Cabot Relay for Life Team, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will “Paint the Town Purple” with purple ribbons placed on the doors of businesses and homes during the week of May 11.
Place an order early by contacting Teri Miessner or Peggy Clark at 533-2310 or 533-2201.

Cabot’s Spring Fling 5K Run/Walk is Saturday March 31
The 19th annual Cabot Country Cruisers Spring Fling 5K Run/Walk, to raise money for CASA of Lonoke County, will be held Saturday. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at the Cabot High School Panther Stadium; the race begins at 8 a.m. Early registration is $15 and on race day is $20.
The 3.1 mile race will begin on Bellamy Street near Eastside Elementary School and end on the CHS track inside Panther Stadium.
People of all ages can participate for the more than 20 awards that will be given. For more information or to enter, call Vicki Ingram at 843-1406.

Lonoke County retired teachers to meet April 2

The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 2 at Old Austin United Methodist Church.
There will be a potluck and Betty West will entertain the group with gospel music.
The slate of officers will be introduced for 2007-2008.
Margaret Kinley said all retirees are urged to become active in the local association.



The Gospel Tones have partnered with the Jacksonville Senior Center for a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Thursday to benefit the center at 100 Victory Circle. The Gospel Tones will serve up wonderful music and the senior center will serve up an evening meal of chili and all the fixings. Tickets are $5. For more information call Barbara at 982-7531.


The Arkansas State University-Beebe Alumni Association will hold its seventh annual 5K race at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31 to provide student textbook scholarships.
Runners will compete in fifteen age categories, beginning with age 9 and younger and increasing in five-year increments until age 69. There will also be a 70-plus category, and first, second, and third place awards will be given to runners in each age division.  Walkers will receive first place in each age group. Trophies will be awarded to the overall female and male runners and walker and runner winners.
Registration fee is $18 in advance and $20 on race day.  Race day registration will be from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.  
Packets may be picked up March 26 through March 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Advancement Office (Ruth L. Couch Center), located at the corner of Palm and Iowa streets, across from the State Hall building, or on race day at the south end of the Student Center. The race T-shirt is $10 for anyone who is unable to participate in the race.  People are also encouraged to be a virtual runner to help support ASU-Beebe students.
The starting site, ASU-Beebe’s Student Center, can be reached by taking Exit 29 off U.S. 67/167, to the traffic signal.  At the light, cross the street and turn left into the campus.  Follow signs to the Student Center parking area.
The seventh annual alumni race is one of the many exciting events during ASU-Beebe’s 80th Anniversary Celebration March 29-31. Other events include: a family picnic, alumni basketball game, alumni receptions, and alumni awards dinner.
More information on the alumni race and anniversary celebration may be obtained by contacting the Office of Institutional Advancement at 882-8255.


Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at Excell Park on the corner of Ray Road and Southeastern Ave. The hunt is for children at walking age up to 10 years old. For information, call 982-0818.



The 19th annual Cabot Country Cruisers Spring Fling 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, March 31 in Cabot. Registration for the charity race begins at 7 a.m. at Cabot High School’s Panther Stadium. The race begins at 8 a.m. On race day, competitors can enter for $20, but those registered early pay $15. A family of four or more can enter for $50. Each person entering receives a T-shirt.
The race will raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lonoke County. The advocates are trained citizen volunteers who speak for the best interests of children thrust into the child protection system. In an overburdened system, CASA volunteers bring fresh perspective and insights about the child and the family to the Court. Once appointed by the Court, a CASA volunteer investigates the child’s situation, reports findings to the court, and monitors the case to completion. Insights provided by CASA often guide the process in securing a safe, loving home that every child deserves.
The 3.1 mile race will begin on Bellamy Street near Eastside Elementary School and end on the Cabot High School track inside Panther Stadium.
People of all ages can participate. Awards will be given for the top three overall male/female walkers, top three male/female runners, top three male/female masters, top three male/female grand masters, top three male/female seniors and first, second, and third awards in sixteen different age brackets.
For more information or to enter the race, call Vicki Ingram at 843-1406 or visit www.cabotcountrycrusisers.com.



The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 for cocktails and 7 p.m. for dinner at Sherwood Forest, 1111 West Maryland in Sherwood.
Nominations are being sought for Woman of  The Year, Educator of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Educator of the Year and Emergency Transport Person of the Year. Mail nominations to Individual Awards Committee, Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 6082, Sherwood, Ark., 72124.
Nominations will be kept in sealed envelopes and all nominations will be turned over to the Individual Awards Committee. Input is important to search out the best people in Sherwood to reward them for their contributions to both the city and citizens of Sherwood.   


The First Annual Thunder Roads Arkansas Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial Poker Run will kick off on Saturday, May 12 with breakfast and registration at 8 a.m. at South Bend Fire Station No. 1, 4421 Highway 294 (Military Road) in Jacksonville.
First Bike Out will be at 10 a.m. and the Last Bike Out at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at the end of the ride. The run is sponsored by South Bend Fire and Rescue, Ward Fire Department, Vilonia Fire Department, and North Pulaski Fire Department.
A $20 ticket includes a poker card, t-shirt (to first 200 people who register), door prize ticket, and meal ticket. Co-riders pay $10, which includes a poker card, door prize ticket, and meal ticket.
For more information, contact Brenda at 276-0244, Kenny at 944-4856, Tim K. at 650-5059, Tim T. at 454-3170, or email pokerrun@southbendfireandrescue.com.