LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A telephone program that helped link callers to social service programs in the state is being shut down because of a lack of funding.
The Arkansas 211 phone program will be suspended this week.
United Way of Arkansas State Association chairman John Nazzaro says he doesn’t know if the closing of the program will be permanent — but he anticipates it will be.
The service allowed residents to dial 211 to get help with social service referrals.
The Independence County Library board will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday for its monthly meeting to discuss library activities, director Debra Sutterfield said.
The board will meet in the second-floor courtroom of the Independence County Courthouse. Meetings are open to the public.
There will be no written driver’s tests given after 2 p.m. Thursday in Batesville and there will be no written or road tests given on Nov. 10.
For information on other locations where tests are given, call the Arkansas State Police headquarters in Newport at (870) 523-2701.
Dr. Nelson Obikwu has joined the medical staff at White River Medical Center and The Children’s Clinic in Batesville, according to a news release.
Obikwu received his medical degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria and pediatric residency training with the University of West Indies, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Trinidad and Tobago. He also completed residency training at New York Medical College Metropolitan Hospital. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Wrapping clear masking tape around four paper towel tubes, Rachel Brown admits she’s never built a cardboard car before.
But on Monday night she wouldn’t have missed the opportunity with her son, 5-year-old Jacob Brown.
“I have never done anything like this. …” Brown said, laughing while taping the tubes, or “grill,” to the front of Jacob’s cardboard truck at “Drive-In with Dads, Movies with Moms” at the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center.
For Batesville physician Dr. Mike Orlando, the U.S. Air Force offered more than military service. Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio was the training ground for his military and medical career.
Today as an Air Force Reservist, Orlando uses his experience to train the next generation of military physicians.
SALADO — Misty Dockins and her daughter Tristyn, 2, were raking leaves at their Salado home Tuesday morning, until Dockins went inside and saw smoke coming from the kitchen/laundry area.
Running back outside to make sure her daughter was safe, Dockins called 911 and waited anxiously for the Southside Fire Department to arrive at her home on Sherrill Drive.
The department responded with three trucks, one of which was a 2,000 gallon water tanker truck and 11 firefighters as flames began to eat through an outer wall and dense smoke poured out of the attic.
Lyon Sports Information
Jennifer Peterson scored 10 kills to lead the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans to a 3-0 victory over the Lyon College Pipers Monday evening in TranSouth Conference volleyball play at Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon (11-22, 5-8 TranSouth) has lost eight of its last 10 matches and remains in sixth place in the TranSouth Athletic Conference standings. Trevecca (22-11, 10-3) has won its last five matches and is one game away from first-place Freed-Hardeman.
SPRINGDALE — The Lyon College Pipers stormed out of the gate and never looked back en route to a 76-46 blowout victory over Bethel College (Kan.) Monday evening in a neutral court, season-opening basketball game.
Lyon led 41-22 at intermission. The game was played at Shiloh Christian High School.
Freshman Stephanie Glover paced the Pipers with a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds. Senior Ashley Waller added 10 points and eight rebounds and teammate K.K. Hodges pitched in 10 points and six boards.
Lyon Sports Information
Basketball standout Ryland Kieffer, track and cross-country star Robin (Webb) Walling and hardwood players Jasper “Doc” Freeman and Gene Hooks (posthumously) have been selected to make up the Class of 2009 Lyon College Athletic Hall of Fame honorees.
Police are looking for a suspect in the Oct. 27 burglary of the Newark Town and Country grocery store.
The man they are looking for is 23-year-old Clint Edward Speakman of Sulphur Rock, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard.
Deputy Shawn Stephens responded to an alarm call at the store around 11 p.m. and discovered the burglary, Leonard said.
“Deputy Stephens said when he arrived he found the west entry door busted out, and saw a concrete block next to the check out counter,” Leonard said.