JACKSONPORT — A Holiday Gala Ball will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Jacksonport State Park’s Courthouse.
The 52nd Regimental String Band from Memphis will perform melodies of the 19th century live. The evening will begin with ballroom dancing instruction. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.
Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 7 through 12 and free for ages 6 and under. Dress is casual or period costume. The event is accessible for visitors with disabilities.
For more information call (870) 523-2143.
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Choirs will present the 12th annual Madrigal Feaste in the style of “Merrie Olde England” with costumes, decorations, comedy and fanfare in the Grand Hall of Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3.
The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities, and choral music education professor Kyle Chandler will host the evening’s entertainment and will serve as the court of “King Henry the Eighth of England, Jonesboro and Craighead County.”
Editors Notes: The latest installment in Aging America, a joint AP-APME project looking at the aging of the baby boomers and the impact this so-called silver tsunami will have on the communities in which they live.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many baby boomers don’t have end-of-life legal documents such as a living will — and some say it’s because they feel healthy and young in their middle-age years and don’t need to dwell on death.
JONESBORO (AP) — Anthony Downing came off the bench to score 15 points and lead Missouri State to a 77-46 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Downing made six of eight shots, including three 3-pointers, for the Bears (2-0).
Caleb Patterson scored 14 points, Michael Bizoukas 11 and Kyle Weems 10 for Missouri State, which enjoyed a 31-6 margin in bench scoring and a 41-36 rebounding advantage.
Malcoln Kirkland had 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Red Wolves (0-2), who dropped their home opener. Trey Finn added 13 points.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Running back Knile Davis is practicing with No. 6 Arkansas again, offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said Tuesday.
Davis, a junior, suffered what was described as a season-ending ankle injury in the preseason. It was unclear whether he would return to a game this season.
“I don’t get to make those decisions, so I try to stay out of stuff I don’t have anything to do with,” McGee said.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs senior high basketball teams swept Batesville in season-opening games for the visitors here Tuesday night.
The Panthers won 51-49 as Austin Brown scored 25 and John Price fired in 23. The Lady Panthers won 36-24 as Magen LaRose hit for 16 points.
The Pioneers fought back from a 15-7 deficit after one quarter of play. The Panthers led 24-21 at halftime and the score was tied at 39 going into the fourth quarter. The Pioneers led briefly early in the fourth quarter.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners and Lady Southerners opened their basketball seasons with home victories over Melbourne squads.
Led by Levi Henderson’s 12 points, including a go-ahead 3-point shot in overtime, the Southerners downed the Bearkatz 47-43. It was 37-all at the end of regulation.
Stephen Norris added 11 points for the winners. Logan Brown and Henderson provided five rebounds apiece, and Colby Sutton contributed four steals for the winners.
Some county employees will be paid for their unused vacation time.
At Monday night’s Independence County Quorum Court meeting,White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center Administrator Peggy Kendrick asked the court to approve paying her employees for unused vacation time. She has six employees who have a total of 25 vacation days that need to be taken by the end of the year. The problem is, she can’t spare them, Kendrick told the court.
Iryna Kovtonyuk will have to repeat the 11th grade, but she’s doing it on purpose.
The 16-year-old is an exchange student at Southside High School, with the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) for students ages 15-17. FLEX is a highly competitive program that takes only about one in 30 applicants, who are screened for their English language ability. Iryna said the process took several months from the time she filled out the application, to learning she had been accepted and would be staying in Arkansas for her 11th grade year.
HARRISON (AP) — Temporary traffic signals will replace “yield” signs on Arkansas Highway 43 in Boone County, where a rock slide destroyed one lane of the road this past spring.
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials said the signals will begin working Wednesday about four miles south of the Arkansas 43-Arkansas 397 junction in Harrison.
District 9 Engineer Steve Lawrence says traffic has increased in the area, and officials installed the lights to enhance safety for motorists.
Although Independence County seems to be faring well as compared to other counties, it’s starting to feel the pinch.
In another budget meeting Tuesday night, the quorum court budget committee worked to find a way to cut $585,000 from the 2012 budget and they may have found the answer. The 2012 budget will need to be 2 percent less than the 2011 budget.
County Judge Robert Griffin said he wanted to get the meeting started with some good news. He has been looking into changing health insurance companies that could save the county $120,000-$170,000 per year.