ATLANTA (AP) — Many of the states hammered by what is now the deadliest year for tornadoes in more than half a century have among the nation’s highest rates of homes without hazard insurance despite being among the most twister-prone.
That means the regions that most need the insurance are often the exact places that don’t have much of it. It also means many tornado victims may have a hard time getting compensated for their losses, putting more pressure on the federal government to help even though its assistance is limited by law.
SOUTHSIDE — Strong straight line winds are blamed for putting two large trees across the home of Mary Jane Davis on Carousel Road Wednesday afternoon.
Around 4 p.m., the winds uprooted a large oak tree that fell across the roof on the west end of her house and an even larger tree across her carport on the south side of the house.
ASH FLAT — Sharp County had little damage from Wednesday afternoon’s storms, County Judge Larry Brown said this morning.
He and Sheriff Mark Counts said a telephone pole and power lines blew down along state Highway 230 east of Cave City about midafternoon Wednesday, and some shingles and vinyl siding were blown from a house in the same area.
“We had a few trees down in the north end (of the county) and one on Hulett Road near the bridge at Poughkeepsie,” Brown said. “We also had one down on Wirth Road.”
Ann Silas has announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of her daughter, Charity Silas, to Bradley Skelton, son of Keith Skelton and Kelly Marshall, both of Cushman.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Phil and Darlene Everett of Batesville.
She is a 2008 Southside High School graduate and a 2010 University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville graduate with an associate of arts in accounting. She is a downtown lobby teller at First Financial Bank in Abilene, Texas.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Gerald and Sandy Dale of Cushman.
The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project will hold a tutor-training workshop at 2:30 p.m. June 5 at the Jubilee Family Church, 45 Thunderbird Drive, Batesville.
Volunteer tutors are matched with adult students who are learning to read or who are learning English. Tutors meet with their student for two hours each week at a time and public location of the students’ choosing.
The literacy project currently tutors 30 students from three counties, with more than 10 students waiting for a tutor.
CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Artisan’s Cooperative has a new website at www.calicoartist.com, which includes information about the cooperative, and upcoming special events. Photo profiles on each artist and their work are forthcoming.
With nearly 30 artist members, the cooperative is an independent, non-profit organization.
“We are a small group of artisans who are into our second season, thanks to the museum. This year, our sales have surpassed anything we ever imagined,” noted Dianne Siddon, a cooperative board member.
CAVE CITY — The seventh annual Relay for Life benefit yard sale will be held by the From the Beginning team from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 730 East Center St. in Cave City.
The team has been accepting donations of items from individuals, and there is a variety of merchandise to choose from.
All proceeds will go to the Independence County Relay for Life, a division of the American Cancer Society.\
CAVE CITY — Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church will have its vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through June 3.
This year’s theme will be PandaMania. There will be study, crafts, music, recreation and refreshments.
The church is located on Sunset Ridge Road near Cave City. For more information call Keith Chamberlain at (870) 615-1802.
MELBOURNE — The Adult Education Department of Ozarka College will offer GED classes throughout the month of June at the Melbourne campus in the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building, Room 515. Classes will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning June 1 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Programs are available in math, writing skills, reading comprehension, etc. An instructor is available for one-on-one assistance.
For more information, call the Adult Education Department at (870) 368-7371.
JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Extension Homemakers Club held its monthly meeting May 12 at Jamestown Community Center.
After the pledge of allegiance, the homemakers creed was read by all the members. Roll was called with five members present. Robbie Kemp was the only member with a birthday this month. She has not been able to attend the meetings lately due to illness.
• Free story time for toddlers and preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Old Independence Regional Museum. Crafts included. To schedule a group, call (870) 793-2121.
• Book signing by Freda Cruse Phillips, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Valero in Mountain View. She will be at the Ozark Folk Center gift shop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. In compiling material and photos for “Places of Our People,” Phillips has been interviewing and working with people, and visiting places around Stone County since 2009.