A public meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday at the George C. Rider Room at the main branch of First Community Bank in Batesville. The meeting will discuss the needs of the homeless in the area and will also serve as a way for charitable organizations to learn about each other.
Hellfighter’s Christian Ministry is trying to get a homeless shelter for the area and will need the help of the community. Comments/suggestions can be made by anyone who wishes to attend the meeting, but speakers are asked to try to be as brief as possible.
White River Medical Center has announced its next Community Health Education Series, “How to Make Exercise Work for Me,” set for noon Monday in the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging Conference Room B.
The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served and reservations are encouraged. Call (870) 262-1161.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Group will host “Arkansas Incentive Programs,” presented by Sarah Clark, Katherine Holmstrom and Denisa Pennington, director of community development, of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
This informative program will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 in the McMullin Lecture Hall on the Arkansas State University campus in Mountain Home.
Addicts struggling with drugs and/or alcohol are rarely able to break those chains on their own. They often need help.
There is now a grant available to Independence and surrounding counties that helps recovering addicts, and Joyce Nash, northeast Arkansas community liaison for Arkansas Access to Recovery (ATR), is trying to get the word out.
“It was not going to be in Independence County but (District) Judge Chaney Taylor fought for it in our county,” said Nash.
Not sharing a fellow inmate’s taste for country music led to a fight Thursday afternoon when Kenneth Massey, 46, of Magness, reportedly changed the channel on a TV in the day room of the Independence County jail.
Deputy Shawn Stephens said he was called to the jail around 3 p.m. regarding the altercation and Massey told him he was changing channels when David Gill, 24, of Judsonia, got mad, walked up to him and started mouthing off.
“Kenneth stated that David then hit him and the fight was broke up,” Stephens said. “Kenneth stated he wanted to file charges.
Independence County will be on the hunt for a new economic development executive director soon.
Ed Mabry resigned effective Jan. 20 but is still working in interim. Mabry said he was offered a position with an American company working in China and they needed someone immediately.
“Apparently they liked our relationship and offered me a lot of money. I used to work for John Deere setting up factories all over the world,” Mabry said. “I will commute back and forth. I’m not moving to China. My farm will continue.”
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez suffered a temporary political setback Thursday in a bid to stop New Mexico from granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
A legislative committee shelved her proposal and approved a Democrat-backed alternative that continues to allow licenses for illegal immigrants but with new restrictions.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Since the Iraq War ended there has been little fanfare for the veterans returning home. No ticker-tape parades. No massive, flag-waving public celebrations.
So, two friends from St. Louis decided to change that. They sought donations, launched a Facebook page, met with the mayor and mapped a route. On Saturday, hundreds of veterans are expected to march in downtown St. Louis in the nation’s first big welcome home parade since the last troops left Iraq in December.
McHUE — Wesley Stewart, 77, of McHue died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born March 8, 1934, at McHue, he was the son of Hugh Allen and Glennie Victoria Jones Stewart. He retired from Batesville School District after serving 36 years in education. He served as a teacher, coach and assistant principal while at the Batesville, Newark, Floral, Oil Trough and Southside school districts.
FLORAL — Sula Pierce Allgood, 97, of Floral died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Floral. Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home of Bald Knob-Judsonia.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
FRANKLIN — Cameron Lee Kelley Johnson, 64, of Franklin died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Batesville.
Born April 7, 1947, in Jasper, Ala., she was the daughter of Jessie and Shirley Brown Kelley. She attended Melbourne High School. She was united in marriage to Dallas Johnson on Dec. 27, 1980. She dedicated more than 30 years of her life as caregiver and later director of the Easy K Ranch in Zion. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.
MELBOURNE — Ozarka College in Melbourne will give the GED Test at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8 and 22 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building.
The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations:
• Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, Feb. 6 and 29;
• Calico Rock — City Hall, Feb. 9;
• Mammoth Spring — Ozarka College, Feb. 9 and 23;
• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Feb. 2 and 21;
• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Feb. 16.