POUGHKEEPSIE — Seeing the blackened remains of the old Smith Store and old post office buildings in downtown Poughkeepsie saddens Cindy Perkey, but she holds dear memories in her heart of the place where she grew up.
Some of those memories of growing up in Poughkeepsie go back as far as the Freeman twins’ toddler days. Cindy Freeman Perkey, now of Batesville, and Tammy Freeman Allender, now of Pleasant Plains, are the daughters of Jasper “Doc” Freeman and Janna Lou Freeman.
Fourteen schools with 241 students participated in the Independence County Conservation District’s annual FFA Judging Workshop recently at the University of Arkansas Livestock and Forestry Experiment Station near Bethesda, said Ricki Gilbert, district secretary. “The workshop was conducted to assist students in getting ready for the competitions at the district and state levels,” she said. “The judging contest offered at the workshop included livestock, land, poultry and forestry.”
JONESBORO (AP) — A Craighead County Circuit Court judge has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for three men convicted of the 1993 killings of three West Memphis 8-year-olds.
Judge David Laser set the hearings for Dec. 5-21 in Jonesboro for Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin. The Jonesboro Sun reports that a potential scheduling conflict with Misskelley’s attorneys might cause the hearings to be split.
WASHINGTON — The FDA is examining the link between dyes found in everyday foods and hyperactivity in children.
At a two-day meeting starting today, an FDA advisory committee will decide whether available data links the dyes and the disorder. The panel will recommend Thursday whether the agency should further regulate dyes, do more studies on the issue or require better labeling of the additives. They could also recommend that the FDA do nothing at all.
AUBREY — L.C. St. John, 87, of Aubrey died Saturday, March 26, 2011.
Born Dec. 5, 1923, in Abbeville, Miss., he was the son of William Thomas and Lela Margaret St. John. He was a World War II veteran and was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He farmed in Lee County for many years. He enjoyed his farmland and helping others. He was a member of Aubrey Missionary Baptist Church.
HARDY — Hoyt Jackson, 83, of Hardy died Tuesday, March 29, 2011.
He retired from the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Charlee Jackson; two sons, Gordan Jackson and Stewart Jackson, both of Hardy; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Spring Lake Baptist Church in Ozark Acres with Brad Hartness and Bob Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Baker Cemetery in Ozark Acres under the direction of Heath Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel in Highland.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Get this: Rich folks aren’t feeling very rich.
Reuters reports that a Fidelity Investments survey found 42 percent of more than 1,000 Americans who have at least $1 million in assets aren’t feeling very wealthy.
They say they’d need to have at least $7.5 million to feel they’re well-to-do.
As ridiculous as that may sound to some, it makes perfect sense to me. There is every indication that America could enter a hyperinflationary period not unlike the 1970s.
Because Dustin had been locked in his room the first 10 years of his life when he wasn’t in school, he was curious about everything. We had been taking him to church for a couple years when the leader of our congregation, whom we refer to as the Bishop, asked to speak to us. He said that Dustin was at an age when he should be given some responsibilities.
In our church, when a boy turns 12, he is given the duty of sharing sacred sacraments or communion with the congregation. We expressed our concerns about Dustin’s unpredictability.
BOSTON — We became friends long after we had known each other as candidate and journalist. Long after the grit that Geraldine Ferraro showed facing down press and politicians had been transformed into the grit she showed facing multiple myeloma.
I met Gerry in 1984 when we were being teased by rumors that Fritz Mondale might actually pick “a woman” for his running mate. Maybe even this congresswoman from Queens. I watched weeks later when he introduced her to America and I heard her say, “Vice President, it has such a nice ring to it.”
Using modern Internet technology, along with public cooperation, aided the Independence County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division in the investigation and arrest of a Sulphur Rock couple for cooking methamphetamine near a school.
The arrest of 38-year-old Ronald G. Ford and Shayla D. Ford, 33, was announced this morning in a news release from Sheriff Steve Jeffery who said that a citizen reported the couple may have been involved in making illegal drugs.
The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a free Lunch & Learn March 23 in the chamber conference room regarding small business funding assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Herb Lawrence, center director for the Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center and Johanna Bach with the Little Rock District Office of the U.S. SBA conducted an overview of the financing assistance available to small businesses in the Independence County area through the SBA loan programs.
Shakes & Quakes, a free seminar on earthquake preparedness, sponsored by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Community Insurance Professionals, is set for noon April 6 in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank of Batesville.
Make reservations by calling (870) 793-2378.
Lunch and shakes will be provided by McDonald’s.