Boozman draws challenger

October 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The former assistant city attorney for Fayetteville says he’s seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. John Boozman next year.David Whitaker said Wednesday he had filed papers to run for the party’s nomination to the 3rd Congressional district seat in northwest Arkansas. Boozman has represented the district since 2001.Whitaker, 48, says he views the race for the Republican-leaning district as an “uphill battle” but said he’s confident he can win support in the area. Whitaker has not run for elected office before.

America Helping Heroes answers governor’s call

October 8, 2009 In a press conference Friday, Army Major Gen. William D. Wofford, the adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard, and Gov. Mike Beebe called upon communities to help and support military members in the wake of the alarming high rate of suicide. Angela Alegna, founder of America Helping Heroes, is answering the call.

Lyon College to host Honors Day on Nov. 7

October 8, 2009 Students will have the chance to earn full scholarships in the months of November and December as Lyon College hosts its first Honors Day competition of the school year Nov. 7 on campus.Open to students accepted at Lyon College and having either a 3.25 GPA or better or an ACT composite score of 24 or better, Honors Day is a four-part competition that gives prospective students a chance to earn scholarship money including full tuition, room, board, fees and books. Participants are guaranteed an academic scholarship of no less than $6,500 per year.

Neighborhoods see several car break-ins

October 8, 2009  Several overnight thefts from vehicles have been reported in the areas of Eagle Mountain Boulevard and Josephine Street in which items ranging from pocket change to navigational systems, and possibly a handgun, have been stolen.Sheriff’s authorities have not said if all the thefts are tied together, but the incidents are very similar.Mark Lamberth of 725 Eagle Mountain Blvd. reported Saturday a Garmin global positioning system, valued at $300, and $10 in change, stolen from his pickup truck while it was parked at his home.

Fall foliage ride planned

October 8, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The national fall foliage classic motorcycle ride through the Ozarks will be conducted Nov. 7, according to a news release.The 150-mile ride will begin and end at Fiddlers Valley RV Resort in Mountain View. Organizers hope to make this an annual event.

Folk center presents Fall Harvest Festival

October 8, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Traditionally, fall is a bountiful time to harvest and store what has grown over the summer. To keep those traditions alive, the Ozark Folk Center State Park is holding its annual Fall Harvest Festival in the Craft Village from Oct. 20-31.“While you’re here, cast your vote for the best decorated Shop in the village as our crafters compete for the prized parking spot,” a news release states. “Come see the glory of the Heritage Herb Gardens in all their fall colors.”Events planned include:

CPR class offered

October 8, 2009 Vital Link Ambulance Service will offer a health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee is $40.To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Johnston completes clerks class

October 8, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE — Batesville City Clerk/Treasurer Denise Johnston recently attended the University of Arkansas Municipal Clerks Institute Advanced Academy class in Fayetteville. The Advanced Academy allows Certified Municipal Clerks to continue their professional growth and development. It honors continued high-level achievement beyond the attainment of the prestigious Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) award. According to a news release, through annual participation in the academy, municipal clerks gain in the following benefits:

Pumpkins to be painted

October 8, 2009 JONESBORO — Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will host a free mini-pumpkin painting session from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31. The nature center is located at 600 E. Lawson Road, Jonesboro.For more information, call Sarah Baxter, education program specialist with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, at (870) 933-6787.

Star gazing planned

October 8, 2009 Jacksonport — Jacksonport State Park is hosting a star gazing program called “Tour of the Universe” starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 17. The evening will begin in the courthouse with a presentation “Investigating the Universe” with Dr. Tillman Kennon, assistant professor of science education from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. The program will be on the planets and constellations of our universe. After the program at dusk, the star gazing takes place at the park pavilion.