Swifton Post Office to be named after George Kell

May 27, 2010 WASHINGTON —U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Marion Berry (AR-01) announced Senate passage of a bill to name the post office in Swifton after George Kell, who was known as a famous athlete and community leader. The post office is located at 109 Main St. in Swifton. The bill passed the House of Representatives on Dec. 2, 2009 and now will be signed into law.

Church to host ‘Gospel Ministry’

May 27, 2010 CUSHMAN — Cushman Baptist Church will host the “Gospel Music Ministry of Doc and Connie” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.Admission is free but an offering will be taken. Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Addictions Resistance Project and family work of Friendship Outreach, Inc.The church is located on Claxton Loop at Cushman.

Garbage pickup postponed

May 27, 2010 NEWARK — Due to mechanical problems with the truck, garbage in Newark will not be picked up Monday, Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston said. The next garbage pickup will be Thursday.

County offices to close

May 27, 2010 In observance of Memorial Day holiday, all Independence County offices will be closed Monday.The Independence County Library will be closed Saturday through Monday. All county offices will reopen Tuesday.All Independence County trash and recycle routes will run on schedule.

Mayor named

May 27, 2010 “Jim Thomas has given 20 years of service to this town as alderman and mayor.”—Jayne Pettit 

Students pinned

May 27, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Doyle “Rog” Rogers Jr. Aviation Maintenance Program recognized students during a recent pinning ceremony.Students receiving silver wings were Jason Waits, power plant certified; Nicholas Jackson, airframe certified; Basil Ray, airframe certified; and Jason Torres, airframe certified.

Terhune to appear on Discovery Health

May 27, 2010 A woman’s story about her massive gunshot wound takes an unexpected turn. A young vet makes it home safely from Iraq only to be gunned down at a Nashville nightclub. A family is faced with the difficult decision on whether or not to keep an injured elderly man on life support. Those are just part of the real-life stories that will air Saturday night with Dr. Kyla Terhune.

Deadlines nearing for ACRE, DCP program signups

May 26, 2010 WASHINGTON — USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Jonathan Coppess is reminding farmers and landowners that they have only until Tuesday to sign up for the 2010 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program, most commonly known as the DCP and ACRE programs.“More than 75 percent of an expected 1.7 million farms have already enrolled,” Coppess said.

61st Fulton County Homecoming Festival gets under way Friday

May 26, 2010 SALEM — The 61st Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival will be held in Salem Friday and Saturday. The festival will get under way Friday with a fish fry at the Salem Senior Citizens Center and a barbeque dinner on the court square from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 4-H Apple Pie Baking Contest and Auction has been moved to Friday night and will be held at 7:30 on the south side of the court square. This event is a fundraiser for the Fulton County 4-H Clubs. After judging, the pies will be auctioned by Danny Perryman of Perryman Auction Co.

Area students receive scholarships to Lyon

May 26, 2010 Blaine Ramey of Batesville, Chelsea Grider of Pleasant Plains and Jared Perry of Pleasant Plains have been accepted for admission to Lyon College and have been awarded Honors Day scholarships.Each year, Lyon College awards scholarships to outstanding applicants who show special promise as productive members of the college community.Ramey is the son of Stephanie Phillips of Batesville and Bruce and Cindy Ramey of Danville and the grandson of John and Anita Baker and Norman and Donna Butler, all of Batesville, and Bonnie and Vern Dunham and Bobby and Lina Ramey of Danville.