• Doggie pool party planned for Sept. 12 at Fitzhugh Park

    The Humane Society of Independence County with the support of the city of Batesville Parks and Recreation Department will present the second “Doggie” Pool Party fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Fitzhugh Park (also known as the “Mickey Mouse”) swimming pool, 1990 Harrison St.
    Dogs must be on leashes outside the pool area. Admission is a $5 donation or $10 for multiple dogs. Hot dogs and sodas will be available for purchase, as well.
    All donations go to support the humane society.

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  • Alcohol tax lifts Jonesboro coffers

    JONESBORO (AP) — Booze is giving a boost to city coffers in Jonesboro.
    Beginning in July, the city increased from 3 percent to 5 percent its tax on gross alcohol sales at private clubs.
    As a result, city officials say revenue to the city nearly doubled in July to more than $20,000. The city uses the money for alcohol law enforcement and education.
    So far this year, the alcohol tax paid by the city’s 20 clubs and restaurants has generated more than $109,000 for the city.

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  • ‘Raiders of Lost Arkansas’ to be presented Thursday

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Ian Beard will present “Sam Dellinger and the Raiders of the Lost Arkansas” at the Spring River Gem & Mineral Club meeting at 10 a.m.  Thursday, according to president Paul Grindol.
    Beard’s program is about prehistoric cultures of Arkansas, the artifacts they left behind and the efforts by Dellinger, an archaeologist with the University of Arkansas Museum in Fayetteville, to preserve this legacy.

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  • Local health providers plan for upcoming flu season

    A group of medical professionals from Independence County and Batesville met Thursday at White River Medical Center to discuss plans for dealing with the upcoming flu season.
    The series of meetings, roughly every six weeks, are set up to deal with the threat of a flu outbreak, that according to some medical agencies, could affect nearly half the nation’s population.

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  • Social host arrest made

    MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man is facing charges after an underage person died in a weekend party, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.
    Allen Kipfer, 24, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging him with social hosts-criminal liability (two counts). This law, enacted during the 2009 legislative session, provides that a person who exercises control over private property shall not knowingly allow a person under the age of 21 years to consume alcohol on the private property.

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  • Cord woman keeps busy with civic, church, family

    CORD — Don’t expect a little thing like a brown recluse bite to slow Iantha Anderson down. She’s way too busy to sit back while she’s recuperating.
    “It’s going to heal itself,” Anderson said with a shrug.
    That pretty much sums up her nonchalant attitude. Anderson doesn’t let much get to her, if she can help it. And she stays active — church, community, family, anything goes.

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  • United Way kicks off ’09 campaign

    “LIVE UNITED” is the theme of the 2009-10 United Way Campaign, announced Sue Karg, assistant to the executive director of United Way of Independence County.
    The United Way of Independence County kicked off its new campaign with a breakfast at First Community Bank in the George Rider room with many of the community’s CEOs, agency directors, division chairpersons and members of the United Way board present. The breakfast was donated by Sodexho of Lyon College.

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  • Saddle bronc falls on young rider

    SIDNEY — A Melbourne 10th-grader was seriously injured when a horse fell on him in the saddle bronc competition at the Sidney rodeo Saturday night.
    Matt Melton, 15, suffered head injuries and a hairline crack in his spine, his uncle, Hank England, said this morning. Although serious, the back injury doesn’t concern doctors too much because they think it will heal OK, he said, adding, “The majority of injuries were to his head.”

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  • Paragould, Tech golfers win

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Paragould and Greene County Tech won golf matches at Cherokee Village’s north course Thursday.
    Paragould won the boys match with a team score of 123. That was 20 strokes fewer than Izard County. Highland finished third with a 148 and Cave City turned in a 168.
    Dylan Bateman of Paragould won medalist honors with a 3-over-par 39. Teammate Noah Tullis was second, two strokes back and the team score was completed by Miles Repress’ 43. Carson Riggan’s 45 was not applied to the team total.

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  • Cedar Ridge wins junior v-ball match

    CAVE CITY — The Cedar Ridge Junior Lady Timberwolves defeated the Cave City Junior Cavewomen in a junior high volleyball match here Thursday.
    Cedar Ridge won 25-17, 24-26, 15-9.
    Jennifer Grissom led Cave City with 15 points, 20 digs and eight aces. Nikki Ford added 12 points, 22 digs, seven assists and five aces while Kayla Presley contributed nine points, 17 digs and seven aces.

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  • Cave City coaches see need for improvement

    CARLISLE — Cave City Coach Jon Bradley said there’s still plenty for the Cavemen to work on after a final assessment here Thursday night.
    “We didn’t throw and catch the way I hoped, but our pass blocking was the best it’s been. We just have to catch the ball and part of it was timing,” Bradley said. “Overall, there were some positives. We still have things to work on, but the good thing is they are fixable.”

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  • Law enforcement looking for drunk drivers during holiday

    LITTLE ROCK — Col. Winford E. Phillips, director of the Arkansas State Police and Governor’s highway safety representative, has announced the Arkansas Highway Safety Office’s latest statewide drunk driving prevention enforcement effort. This crackdown coincides with the national initiative called “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest,” which runs through Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

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