CAVE CITY — The annual Stout and Marlin family reunion will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Family Life Education Center building at First Baptist Church, located on Main Street in Cave City.
A potluck will be served at noon. The event is open to all family and friends.
For more information call Clara Stout at (870) 283-5515 or Lora Keeling at (870) 283-6222.
The 7th annual T Tauri Film Festival and Movie Camp takes place in Batesville through July 30th at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
The workshops are geared toward budding filmmakers ages 18 and under. Log on to www.ttauri.org or phone (870) 251-1189 for details.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, 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 bears, and programs are:
CHICAGO — Kids may be safest in cars when grandma or grandpa are driving instead of mom or dad, according to study results that even made the researchers do a double-take.
“We were surprised to discover that the injury rate was considerably lower in crashes where grandparents were the drivers,” said Dr. Fred Henretig, an emergency medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the study’s lead author.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has formally opened a cord blood bank, where cells retrieved from umbilical cords of babies who are born healthy will be stored for later use.
The medical school announced Tuesday that the bank will link with a national network and accept cord blood for a family’s use, public use or research.
The cord blood cells are used in bone marrow transplants and the hospital says they have tremendous promise for regenerating diseased or injured tissues.
The city of Batesville has no immediate plans to enact an alcohol tax, but if it does, the Independence County DWI Court hopes to be a recipient of some of that funding.
Tuesday night, District Judge Chaney Taylor came before the city council to discuss DWI court and a possible alcohol tax.
DWI courts are based on the “test and proven” drug court model, a program started in Miami in 1989. Now there are hundreds nationwide.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock police say a man wanted for cashing a stolen $20,000 Arkansas lottery ticket has pledged through his attorney to turn himself in.
Police had sought the man after a $20,000 winning ticket was cashed in February, issuing a public request for help finding him on Tuesday.
In May, the owner of a convenience store in south Little Rock contacted police, saying that up to $100,000 in lottery tickets had been stolen from his store over a period of months.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A small alligator has captured in Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs after first being seen several weeks ago.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission field biologist Wade Walker told The Sentinel-Record the 3½ to 4-foot long reptile will eventually be relocated to the Petit Jean River Wildlife Management Area south of Dardanelle. It has initially been taken to the Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery on Lake Hamilton to be tagged, measured, and its gender determined.
FORT SMITH (AP) — The Fort Smith board of directors will consider repealing a 1 percent tax on prepared food — then asking voters to approve the measure.
The board approved the tax in February to support the Fort Smith Convention Center. Opponents circulated petitions calling for a citywide vote and filed a lawsuit after the city rejected the petitions.
The board agreed Tuesday to vote on Aug. 2 to first repeal the tax — then adopt it again and refer it to voters. City Administrator Ray Gosack said he would recommend a Nov. 8 election date.
Sometimes coincidences can really dampen your spirits. This week I was driving around with a CD that features Johnny Cash lamenting “I don’t like it, but I guess things happen that way.” Then I learned that the Borders bookstore chain will be shutting down completely by the end of September.