CUSHMAN — A public meeting to discuss whether the Cushman Post Office will be discontinued will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Mayor Jean Weatherford is hoping for a big turnout.
She said a postal employee will be there to make comments and answer questions. She said that by law, the U.S. Postal Service has to acknowledge all comments and answer all questions in writing, and they go on the record.
Weatherford said she’s hoping that Independence County Judge Robert Griffin and possibly state legislators from the area will attend.
NEWPORT (AP) — An inmate in northeast Arkansas has been found dead.
Renard Robinson was found inside his cell Saturday morning at the Jackson County Detention Center in Newport. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.
The 33-year-old Robinson had been in the jail since late May on a six-month sentence he received in local drug court.
An autopsy at the state crime lab is pending.
The Three Rivers Firefighters Association fall meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Newark Missionary Baptist (behind the EZ Mart).
As voted on at the last meeting there will be a cost of $5 each for the meal. Those planning to attend should call Ryan Jones, secretary of the Three Rivers Firefighters Association, at (870) 759-0699 or firstname.lastname@example.org and RSVP with number in party.
The Three Rivers association includes Independence, Lawrence, Jackson, Sharp and Randolph counties and parts of Izard and Stone counties.
LITTLE ROCK — With very little money and many dedicated volunteers, dozens of nonprofit historical societies and small museums across Arkansas toil to preserve and protect their local history and heritage.
Now, some of them including Old Independence Regional Museum at Batesville, are getting a financial break.
BEULAH (AP) — The Arkansas State Police say the burned body of a woman found in the Cache River Wildlife Management Refuge is that of a missing Searcy woman.
Police say an autopsy confirms the body is that of 46-year-old Kimberly Thomas and that her death is being investigated as a homicide.
A cause of death has not been released.
The body was found Sept. 18 by hunters near the town of Beulah in the refuge.
Thomas was last heard from by her family on Sept. 12. Her home burned Sept. 14 and authorities have said arson is suspected.
Old Independence Regional Museum will take “a trip into the past” with a soiree from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8, according to a news release.
Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Tickets for this fundraising adult event are $25 for individuals, $40 for couples and are available for purchase at the Museum. Entertainment will be provided by local singer/songwriter/guitarist David Grimes and keyboardist David Robinson. Door prize drawings will be held throughout the evening with the final drawing taking place at 8.
Silent auction items will include:
Local dog owners are invited to spend the day with their favorite four-legged friend at Riverside Park in Batesville Saturday as part of an annual fundraiser held by the Humane Society of Independence County.
The third annual “Bark in the Park” Doggie Extravaganza will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call the humane society at (870) 793-0090.
The day’s activity schedule is as follows:
9-10 a.m. — registration
10:15 — Blessing of the Pets (free)
10:30 — Dog Lovers Walk/Run ($10 entry and free T-shirt)
JONESBORO (AP) — Brian Davis set two Sun Belt Conference kicking records Saturday with six field goals and 23 points, leading Arkansas State past Central Arkansas 53-24.
The Red Wolves (2-2) dominated Central Arkansas, an FCS program, in the teams’ first meeting since 1997. They rolled up 646 yards of total offense and scored on nine of their 11 possessions, with Davis hitting field goals of 24, 32, 33, 34, 21 and 33 yards.
Ryan Aplin threw for 220 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown to Taylor Stockemer, and added 84 yards on the ground.
Freda I. McLaughlin, 78, of Batesville died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Sept. 22, 1933, in Tuckerman, she was the daughter of Sylvester and Margaret Hall. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband, John McLaughlin; two daughters, Anna Jean McLaughlin of Batesville and Margaret Kaye Hubbard of Southside; four grandchildren, John Lee McLaughlin, Miranda Root, Christopher S. Douglas and Brandon M. Williams; and a great-grandchild, Zachary Root.
LaCROSSE — Bula Elizabeth Moser Grimmett, 79, of LaCrosse died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in a Melbourne nursing home.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home Chapel in Melbourne with Frank Wann and S.D. Hacker officiating.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight.