Izard — Road tax bites dust

November 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — A sales tax that would have sunset in six years and was designed for county roads bit the dust Tuesday night when 67 percent in Izard County overwhelmingly said no. Two run-off races developed with a mayoral race in Horseshoe Bend and Justice of the Peace District 5.Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence won overwhelmingly with nearly 65 percent of the vote. Walter Hagan came in second with approximately 21 percent while Eddie Edmondston received 14.

Republicans take key seats

November 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Democrats in once-reliably blue Arkansas now face a political identity crisis, grappling with an election that handed Republicans a Senate seat and a majority of the state’s congressional seats for the first time since Reconstruction.The grim night for Democrats in Tuesday’s election included Republican U.S. Rep. John Boozman’s victory over incumbent Blanche Lincoln in the U.S. Senate race, and the loss of congressional seats in eastern and central Arkansas. It marked the biggest political shift in the state since the 1870s.

Exit poll: Support of independents prove to be key in Boozman win

November 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln has counted on women and independent and older voters to keep her in office, but exit polls show that frustrations over health care reform and the economy this year sent those voters to challenger John Boozman’s side.The Republican House member coasted to victory in Tuesday’s general election.

Dems lose seats, but keep control of Ark. Legislature

November 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Democrats still hold the majority in the Arkansas General Assembly, but Republicans made historic gains in the House and picked up at least seven seats in the Senate.Republicans entered Tuesday’s election with 28 seats in the 100-member House. They’re assured of at least 41 when the Legislature convenes in January and could find Democrats with only a 53-seat majority. Republicans were leading in five House races where votes remained uncounted.

Park boasts new storage

November 3, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Since the 1997 tornado damaged the courthouse at Jacksonport, many of the artifacts once seen in the museum have been preserved and stored offsite in Newport.However, the recent completion of the Collection Management Facility (CMF) at Jacksonport State Park, the artifacts have found a new home. A 9,000-square-foot facility was funded by a $1.25 million grant through the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

New faces in the Senate

November 3, 2010 By The Associated PressA look at the newest faces in the Senate:ARKANSAS: JOHN BOOZMAN, RA former offensive tackle for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Boozman is an optometrist in Rogers, Ark., and a former cattle rancher and school board member. His brother, the late Dr. Fay Boozman, ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln in 1998.

Hardy woman selected for ASU-Beebe royalty

November 3, 2010 BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe student body recently selected its 2010 Harvest Fest royalty. Whitney High of Cabot was selected as the 2010 Harvest Fest Queen.Each student organization has the opportunity to nominate one individual to be elected by the student body during the annual festivities celebrating the season and school year.

Museum selling pork tenderloin

November 3, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum is now selling tickets for a pork tenderloin dinner fundraiser.The museum has partnered with Natalie’s restaurant to provide a take-home meal featuring a roast pork loin. Customers may choose between a variety of side items, as well as adding rolls and brownies for dessert. Museum board members and staff will take orders until Nov. 11. The meals will be available for pickup from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the museum.

CPR, first aid classes offered

November 3, 2010 Vital Link Ambulance will offer CPR and first aid classes from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Alan Davis Conference Center at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville. The fee is $25 and covers the cost of a textbook and CPR card. For more information call (870) 793-3351.

Church sets chicken dinner

November 3, 2010 MOUNT PLEASANT — The Barren Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Mount Pleasant will host a chicken dinner and crafts exhibition from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. The meal will include chicken strips, coleslaw, potato salad, beans, roll and cookies. Cost is $6.50. For delivery to Mount Pleasant or Melbourne call (870) 346-5121. The church is located 18 miles north of Batesville. Take Highway 69 and turn east on Pearl Drive/County Road 87 and then turn north on Barren Fork Road/County Road 75.