WASHINGTON — Problems with Medicare, Social Security or any other services involving the federal government can be discussed with Sen. Mark Pryor’s staff members when they arrive in Newark June 29.
Pryor said members of his staff will travel in his mobile office to White, Woodruff, Jackson, Independence, Lawrence, Randolph, and Clay counties, in an effort to reach and help constituents in the region.
CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON — The soldiers of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 875th Engineer Battalion were notified this past weekend to prepare for another potential mobilization in support of operations overseas. Although an official alert order has not been received at this time, the National Guard Bureau has identified a portion of the unit as a possible source to fill an upcoming mobilization requirement in fiscal year 2010.
Old Independence Regional Museum will offer two day camps in July based on the museum’s newest exhibit “Living off the Land — Season by Season.”
“Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or go without” was a saying used by early settlers that works well to describe the theme of this camp experience, according to Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator. Campers will explore what life was like on the Arkansas frontier, what it meant to live off the land in a time when families depended on the environment to meet many of their needs.
Following local and state investigations, the death of an Independence County road worker on April 16 has been ruled as accidental, according to county officials.
In a report dated June 12, Charles Ferguson of the Arkansas Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health said, “A fatality investigation has revealed conditions which need correcting to comply with the provisions of the State of Arkansas’ safety and health regulations and common work practices.”
Southside Lady Southerner Lunden Roberts was selected for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas softball team.
Roberts, a senior and an all-state selection in basketball and softball, hit .494 with three home runs while driving in 38 runs and scoring 30. Roberts has signed a letter of intent to attend Western Illinois University and play basketball for the Westerwinds.
Kelsey Armstrong, a senior from Lake Hamilton, was named Player of the Year.
Tyler Sarracino, a 5-10 forward from Desha, has committed to play for Coach Brett Parker’s Scots.
Sarracino was named to the all-state team this year and was a 2-time all-conference player for Southside.
Sarracino recorded 15 goals and nine assists, both team highs, to lead the Southerners to an 8-8 record. They qualified for the postseason and lost in the first round to the Little Rock Lutheran Lions.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Little Rock Continental Express, winner of the Junior American Legion State Tournament last July in Batesville, is still winning.
Friday, the Expressmen eliminated the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 9-7, in the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic. Almost 11 months ago, they defeated Batesville’s Junior Legion team before defeating Jonesboro Fat City, the tournament favorite, in the title game.
Pat Smith has built an impressive resumé inside the mixed martial arts (MMA) octagon, but he didn’t last long from a boxing stance Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
Kendrick Releford, an up-and-comer from Fort Worth, Texas, knocked out Smith in the second round of the Night of Future Champs main event.
Releford and Smith pounded on each other early, but Releford was able to back Smith into his corner then delivered a heavy left to the head before finishing off with a quick combo.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Mark Martin was just trying to finish. He ended up in Victory Lane.
With the laps winding down in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, Martin and most of the other drivers in the LifeLock 400 were simply hoping to conserve enough gas to get to the end of the 200-lap event.
“I always, always come up short in those gas things,” Martin said. “I’m probably about two and 25 in these things.”
It wasn’t an easy day for the 50-year-old driver.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — No team came into the NCAA baseball tournament struggling any more than Arkansas.
Right now, no team seems better.
With Andy Wilkins homering and driving in five runs, Arkansas started off the College World Series with a 10-6 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
The Razorbacks reached a double-digit run total for the fourth time in six games. Nine of their runs scored with two outs.
A Cushman man escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash in the 7000 block of Harrison Street just before midnight Tuesday.
Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Luetschwager said he was dispatched to the wreck in the Sulphur Rock area just before midnight and found a 1997 Pontiac Firebird off the side of the roadway with the driver, identified as 46-year-old Timothy Long of 25 Cush St., still behind the wheel.