WRAAA to discuss ‘Ticket to Work’ at luncheon

March 9, 2011 NEWPORT — Harris Senior Circle is proud to present a program to assist people on disability who want to go back to work. Staff from White River Area Agency on Aging will be featured at the March 16 Lunch-n-Learn discussing their program “Ticket to Work.”

Nature center offers program

March 9, 2011 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro will host a free program about squirrels at 3 p.m. Sunday.Discussion will include their diets, habitats and habits, and there will be a live Southern Flying Squirrel on hand. The program is all open to all ages.For more information contact Cody Walker at (870) 933-6787 or cmwalker@agfc.state.ar.us.

Woman to celebrate birthday

March 9, 2011 NEWARK — Ruby Heron will celebrate her 91st birthday with a reception at 2 p.m. Sunday at Newark Community Center.Finger sandwiches and cake will be served.All family and friends are invited to attend.

Weight loss group to meet

March 9, 2011 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.The group will have an open discussion, said Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the White River Surgery Clinic. For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

Guard probes school vehicle use

March 9, 2011 State-owned vehicles is a topic that received much publicity last year when Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe ordered a review of the state’s fleet after questions were raised about the personal use of the government’s more than 8,000 vehicles.Because taxpayers help foot the bill, the order — passed in November — now governs the use of motor vehicles owned or leased by executive branch agencies, boards and commissions (excluding constitutionally independent agencies like the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and highway department).

State launches evacuation plan

March 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism and the Arkansas Hospitality Association in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will soon launch a travel website called COVER, Communication of Vacancies Emergency Response.The system is activated when an emergency forces evacuation from surrounding areas into Arkansas.

Skippy peanut butter recalled

March 8, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — The company that makes Skippy peanut butter is recalling two of its spreads that may be contaminated with salmonella.No illnesses have been linked to the recall of the Skippy reduced fat creamy and reduced fat chunky brands.Unilever United States Inc. did not specify how many jars have been recalled. They are packaged in 16.3 oz. plastic jars with used-by dates of May 16-21, 2012.

Church offers service

March 8, 2011 Hope Lutheran Church invites everyone to special Wednesday evening services beginning this week, the Rev. Joel Krogen has announced. This season of Lent focuses on the suffering and death of Jesus, concluding with the celebration of his resurrection. The people of Hope also will serve supper before each service at 6, with the service at 7. Hope Lutheran is located at the corner of E. Main Street and White Drive. For more information, call (870) 793-3078.

Property records online

March 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston has announced that his office has partnered with DataScoutPro.com in order to provide county property records to the public via the commissioner’s website, www.cosl.org.

Head Start seeks applications

March 8, 2011 The Northcentral Arkansas Development Council will begin taking applications Thursday for its Head Start preschool program.Parents are encouraged to apply if their children will be 3 or 4 by Aug. 1. Children will be selected in June and parents and guardians are encouraged to apply early.Head Start provides a safe, fun learning environment with educational activities and nutritious meals at no cost to parents, according to a news release.