WASHINGTON — The federal government sent about 3,900 economic stimulus payments of $250 each this spring to people who were in no position to use the money to help stimulate the economy: prison inmates.
The checks were part of the massive economic recovery package approved by Congress and President Barack Obama in February. About 52 million Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and those receiving Supplemental Security Income were eligible for the one-time checks.
SIDNEY — Dakota Allen Tweedy, 18, of Sidney died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, in Melbourne.
Born Jan. 26, 1991, in Oklahoma City, he was the son of Stephanie Renee Kuykendall and the stepson of Charles Kuykendall. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather of Sidney; a brother, George “Tommy” Phillips of Enid, Okla.; two sisters, Jennifer Renee Miller and Maria Louise Tweedy, both of Enid; two nephews; five nieces; and his grandparents, Robert and Carolyn Phillips of Highland.
BRIDGEWATER, Va. — Silas Rex Young, 74, of Bridgewater, Va., died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at his home.
Born April 5, 1935, in Charlotte, he was the son of Silas and Sarah Enid. He married Wanda Genelle Pate on Nov. 3, 1953. He raised his brother, Bobby Young, from the age of 13. He retired in 1992 after working 39 years for Kawneer. He was a member of Bridgewater Baptist Church.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release.
Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff.
This week’s topic is water, and programs are:
SULPHUR ROCK — Richard and Ruth Ashcraft of Sulphur Rock recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ruth McHenry of Long Beach, Calif., and Richard Ashcraft of Monticello were married July 31, 1959, in Winterhaven, Calif.
Mr. Ashcraft is a retired truck driver for Unocal. Mrs. Ashcraft is a retired registered nurse.
They have three children, Charles Ashcraft and his wife, Laura, of Springfield, Mo.; Steven Ashcraft of Ghana, Africa, and Linda Latus and her husband, George, of Sulphur Rock; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The annual District 8 meeting of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Lyon College in Batesville.
Christy Campbell, doctor of pharmacy, who is president of the district, will preside at the meeting.
Principal speaker will be Dr. Jan Hastings of Benton, association president. Hastings is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy and will present the continuing education material during the meeting.
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet William Allgood has completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy.
Allgood entered West Point on June 29 and successfully completed seven weeks of training.
The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets, according to a news release. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological and chemical training.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The first Chuckwagon Cook-off will be Sept. 18-19 at the Stone County Fairgrounds in Mountain View.
A new event this year, the Chuckwagon Cook-off will feature authentic chuckwagons and cooks competing for prize money with menus and outfits from the 1800s. Visitors may dine at a chuckwagon and enjoy the meats, beans, potatoes, breads and desserts featured in the competition, according to a news release from the Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Strawberry River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its first fall meeting on Sept. 5 at the home of Bette Wolfe in Horseshoe Bend.
This is the annual potluck supper meeting where HODARS (husbands of Daughter of American Revolution Society) are invited to share in the festivities.
The business meeting begins at 4 p.m., followed by supper. Program presentation on the Constitution of the United States will be presented by chapter historian Janet Ross.
HDC or KGB?
I was not surprised to see a front page article on Monday involving the HDC (KGB) and a conflict with a business owner. It is probably just the first of many and will probably lead to a very costly battle between business owners and this so-called preservation organization before the dust settles.