Man charged with tattooing teen

June 16, 2011 TEXARKANA (AP) — A Texarkana man has been charged with tattooing a Playboy bunny on a 14-year-old girl in his apartment.Aaron Michael Rodriguez, 21, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Miller County Circuit Court to a charge of performing body art on a person under 18 in an unlicensed facility.An arrest affidavit said Texarkana police were told a witness had observed Rodriguez tattooing the girl on a private area of her body.

Weighing cancer risks, from cellphones to coffee

June 16, 2011 You’re sitting in a freshly drywalled house, drinking coffee from a plastic foam cup and talking on a cellphone. Which of these is most likely to be a cancer risk?It might be the sitting, especially if you do that a lot.Despite all the recent news about possible cancer risks from cellphones, coffee, styrene, and formaldehyde in building materials, most of us probably face little if any danger from these things with ordinary use, health experts say. Inactivity and obesity may pose a greater cancer risk than chemicals for some people.

Boozman most prosperous delegate

June 16, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. John Boozman isn’t just the newest senator from Arkansas. Financial reports released Wednesday show the Republican is also the most prosperous federal lawmaker from the state.The former congressman and eye doctor who was elected to the Senate last year had the highest valued assets among the state’s two senators and four representatives, according to the disclosure reports. He reported that he and his wife have up to nearly $1.5 million in accounts and investments and up to $5 million in real estate.

Older-adult program planned

June 16, 2011 “Impact of Cardiovascular Disease on Older Adults,” a continuing education program, will be held from 1 to 4:15 p.m. June 28 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 2005 White Drive. Featured speakers include: • Dr. Kimberly Garner, geriatrician with Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, will speak on “Impact on an Aging Population.” She will define three alterations in aging that contribute to atypical presentation of cardiac disease and identify two symptom complexes of cardiac disease in the elderly.

Heber Springs to host concert

June 16, 2011 HEBER SPRINGS — The Jed and Harry Clark Band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

The Weekend Events

June 16, 2011 Friday• Craftsfest, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home. Free admission. Call (870) 425-0777.• Batesville Community Theatre’s “The Foreigner,” 7 p.m., Lyon College’s Holloway Theater. Email batesvillecommunitytheatre@gmail.com.Saturday• Craftsfest, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home.• Dog dip/bath, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Humane Society of Independence County, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville. Cost is $10 donation for a bath, $10 for a dip or both for $15.

Beer permit meets with no resistance

June 16, 2011 The proposed Bryan’s Grill has cleared another hurdle, with receiving conditional approval for an alcohol permit.Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control director Michael Langley granted the approval upon the conditions that applicants Bryan Branscum and Frank Tripp receive health department approval, a telephone re-inspection and fire exit lights, according to a representative from ABC.

Bullard nets WBC award

June 15, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Jeni Bullard of Sulphur Rock has been awarded a President’s Scholarship to attend Williams Baptist College. The scholarship is awarded to incoming WBC students based on their college entrance examination scores.Bullard is a homeschool graduate. She is the daughter of Scott and Wendy Bullard of Sulphur Rock.

Cave City Kiwanis recognizes 4

June 15, 2011 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Kiwanis Club recently awarded four $500 scholarships to Cave City Key Club seniors.  “These students showed exemplary traits of encouraging the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships,” according to a news release.Students awarded included Nathan Duke, Adam Eckard, Aaron Green and Dalton Palmer.

Kiwanis present scholarships

June 15, 2011 Kiwanis International recently awarded four students with scholarships presented by Batesville Kiwanis Club President Gary Baker.Olivia “Niki” Pulliam was awarded the $1,000 Midland Key Club scholarship and Katelyn Hardin received the Batesville Key Club $1,000 Keller Crosby Memorial scholarship.Samuel Hardin was presented the $1,000 MO-ARK Key Club District Matching scholarship and Shani Henley received the $1,000 Southside Key Club Kimberly Moore Memorial scholarship.