A-State presents diplomas at fall graduation

January 29, 2010 JONESBORO — Diplomas were awarded to 879 graduates during fall 2009 commencement ceremonies for Arkansas State University-Jonesboro Dec. 19 in the Convocation Center.Graduates include:Ash Flat — Stewart Smart, bachelor, physical education; Stephanie Smith, bachelor, radiologic sciences;

Illegal resident is charged

January 29, 2010 Saying she was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by a “coyote,” a Batesville woman has been charged with non-financial identity theft, a class D felony.In an affidavit filed with the Independence County judicial system, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Brent Everett said that on Jan. 21 he was contacted by White County Detective Gary Cade regarding the theft and use of a White County woman’s Social Security number.Faith Cham told Cade that she went to file for food stamps and learned that her Social Security number was being used by someone working in Batesville.

State’s elk harvest up from 2008

January 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’s 2009 elk harvest was up five animals from last year’s season. During last week’s short meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners were provided a harvest report on the state’s recent elk season. Elk biologist Cory Gray reported that 21 elk were harvested during the state’s three seasons. In 2008, only 16 elk were harvested in Arkansas. On public lands this year, 16 elk were taken. Five elk were taken during the private land hunts.

Ammunition: Is it the new gold?

January 29, 2010 A recent trip to the sporting goods store to purchase some ammo nearly cost me a trip to the local emergency room. I was surprised that I was having difficulty finding and affording traditionally popular ammo such as .22 caliber, 12 gauge, 20 gauge, .243 and .30-06 shells. I  normally find these calibers even at most mom and pop stores.

What’s in author J.D. Salinger’s safe?

January 29, 2010 NEW YORK — So what about the safe?The death this week of J.D. Salinger ends one of literature’s most mysterious lives and intensifies one of its greatest mysteries: Was the author of “The Catcher in the Rye” keeping a stack of finished, unpublished manuscripts in a safe in his house in Cornish, N.H.? Are they masterpieces, curiosities or random scribbles?And if there are publishable works, will the author’s estate release them?The Salinger camp isn’t talking.No comment, says his literary representative, Phyllis Westberg, of Harold Ober Associates Inc.

Energy efficiency may lower taxes

January 29, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — Making energy efficient improvements to your home will do more than reduce your energy costs — they’ll also reduce your tax bill.The tax credit for energy-efficient windows or doors, air conditioners or furnaces, or other energy-saving improvements disappeared in 2008, but returned for 2009 and 2010 — at an even higher value. This is one case where procrastination paid off.

Libertarians to get together

January 29, 2010 JONESBORO — The Arkansas Libertarian Party 1st Congressional District meeting will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Edge Coffee House, 1900 Aggie Rd., Jonesboro.One does not have to be a member of the Libertarian Party to attend. For more information contact Rodger Paxton at (901) 213-7651 or visit www.lpar.org.

Author to be at Words

January 29, 2010 HARDY — Christine Lynxwiler will be at Words Bookstore in Hardy from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 with the second book in her McCord Sister Romance series, titled “Cowgirl at Heart.” The first book in the series is “The Reluctant Cowgirl.”The bookstore is located at 201 Spring St., a block north of Main Street. The bookstore is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with live music from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call (870) 856-5579.For more information about the author, visit www.christinelynxwiler.com.

Church to hold event

January 29, 2010 CUSHMAN — Friendship Outreach Inc. will present a celebration of praise for God and family featuring Doc and Connie Spurlin and Rusty at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Cushman Baptist Church, located at 2530 Claxton Loop in Cushman.Admission is free, but donations will be taken.All proceeds will benefit the Women’s Addictions Resistance Project, a residential facility for women struggling with habitual behaviors.For more information call (870) 307-1815.

WBC awards scholarships

January 29, 2010 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College has awarded scholarships to two area high school seniors based on their college entrance examination scores. Samantha Wilson of Batesville received a President’s Select Scholarship. Wilson is a senior at Southside High School. She is the daughter of Charles and Anita Farrier of Batesville.Cheyenne Childers of Cave City received a President’s Scholarship. The daughter of Mark and Laura Childers of Cave City, Childers is a senior at Cave City High School.