LITTLE ROCK (AP) — After years of talk and debate, this is the week that Arkansas flips the switch on its lottery. Now what?
Facing a chorus of criticism and questions about the startup of Arkansas’ lottery, the games’ director repeatedly asked for some leeway as he prepared to sell the first tickets.
“Here’s what I’m asking folks to give me leave on, let me flip on the switch,” Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said earlier this year.
I was just thinking the other day that Thursday (Oct. 1) would have been my granddad’s 90th birthday.
It’s been more than three years since he died, and I miss my granddad so much. The longer he’s gone, the more I think he was the stabilizing force of our whole family. He was the head of the family, but so much more. Granddad was always so level headed, not prone to emotional outbursts. I never saw him lose his temper or have a fit. I only saw him cry once in my life.
Melbourne — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department is offering a $500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent vandalism of mailboxes.
During the past couple of weeks several boxes in the Pineville and Dolph areas have crushed, knocked down and some taken, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Should anyone have information they are encouraged to report to the department at (870) 368-4203. The information provided will remain confidential.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board welcomed one new face Friday during a special meeting in which new member Vonda Crowl was elected secretary of the board.
In a reorganization of its officers for the 2009-10 year, the board also elected member Fred Denison to be president and Janice Fuller as vice president.
In other business, the board approved the purchase of a 69-passenger school bus with lift and air conditioning for $86,495 from Central States Bus Sales in North Little Rock. The bus was purchased with federal stimulus funds.
It’s a time for giving and receiving at the Batesville Daily Guard.
As a way of giving back to the community, the Guard is asking for donations to help John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte and Luke 4:18 Lives, located on Swaim Hill Road near Southside.
During the months of October and November, those who bring in five or more nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies or paper supplies will receive $5 off a three-month or more subscription of the Guard. The offer is valid for both new and renewal subscriptions. This special offer ends Nov. 30.
The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.
Jonathan Freiert will address the council regarding damage to a water heater. The council will also consider a request for a water meter outside city limits and a resolution to apply for a grant to assist in the dispatch facility renovation. The agenda also includes a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.
All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.
The Humane Society of Independence County will have its first “Bark in the Park” Doggie Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the campus of Lyon College.
The fundraiser will begin with the “Dog Lovers Walk/Run,” which is about a mile, at 10 a.m. There is a $10 entry fee. T-shirts and prizes will be awarded. A shelter dog may be borrowed for the event.
Blessing of the pets by the Rev. David Steele will follow at 11.
There will be a neighborhood crime watch informational meeting at 7 tonight in the Rider Room of First Community Bank at 1325 Harrison St., according to Cord Davidson with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
“There will be a PowerPoint presentation followed by a question-and-answer period,” Davidson said. “I’ll be helping with information on how to get organized.”
The meeting is open to anyone interested in forming or joining a neighborhood crime watch.
A high speed chase ensued and the arrest of a local man was made when an Independence County deputy stopped to check a suspicious van parked at a Southside business Saturday evening.
Deputy Chris Toland said he was on patrol in the area of Southside Grocery on Highway 167 just before 7 p.m. when he noticed a white van with a dark stripe sitting in the parking lot of Fine Line Body Art tattoo shop.
Toland said when he pulled in there was a man in the driver’s seat and a woman behind the van got into the passenger’s seat and they drove away south on Highway 167.
Country music star Kellie Pickler played to a full house Monday night for a private concert as part of Bad Boy Mowers’ fourth annual dealer meeting.
Pickler, 23, a top 10 finalist on season five’s “American Idol” who has also had hits with “Best Days of Your Life” and “I Wonder,” performed at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
The Independence Hall auditorium was packed to capacity in anticipation of the event.
After being warned to leave a Batesville park where he was allegedly offering young children money to help him “clean up the park,” a 61-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon when police encountered him a second time.
Deputy Ben Keener said he was dispatched to Riverside Park around 4 p.m. where a man wearing what looked like a pistol was going around offering children money to go with him and pick up trash.
“I made contact with the suspect and he had what appeared to be a pistol on his side; all I could see was the grips and hammer,” Keener said.
A mobile home fire early this morning claimed the lives of two people and sent a third to the hospital in critical condition.
At approximately 1:17 a.m. officers and the Newark Fire Department were dispatched to 200 Weston St. in Magness in reference to a structure fire where people were still inside, according to a news release this morning from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
Kristofer Thomas, 20, and 7-year-old Jason Doran were pronounced dead at the scene.