Congressional candidates to debate in Mountain Home

April 9, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — The Baxter County Democratic Club will host a debate featuring the six candidates for the position of U.S. representative from the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by the retirement of Rep. Marion Berry.The debate will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ramada Inn Convention Center located at 1127 Highway 62B East in Mountain Home. Candidates for the position are Steve Bryles of Blytheville, Chad Causey of Jonesboro, David Cook of Williford, Terry Green of Mountain Home, Ben Ponder of Mountain Home and Tim Wooldridge of Paragould.

Drasco clinic makes changes

April 9, 2010 The Drasco Medical Clinic is pleased to announce the return of Dr. J.P. Wornock and Yolonda Reed, nurse practitioner. Wornock and Reed will begin seeing patients next week. Appointments for new and returning patients are now being scheduled. The clinic will also be changing its hours to 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Clinic hours on Wednesday will be from 7-11 a.m.

Retired teachers to meet

April 9, 2010 The Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at noon on Monday at Western Sizzlin’ in Batesville.Bev Finch will speak about the Humane Society of Independence County, member Sue Smith said. The meeting is open to all retired school personnel.

Girl places at pageant

April 9, 2010 JONESBORO — Emily Grace Huskey of Strawberry recently placed in the Miss Northeast Arkansas pageant that was held at Brookland school Friday night.Huskey placed second runner-up and won both Most Photogenic and Best Dressed in her division.

Head Start is taking applications

April 9, 2010 The Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Head Start is currently taking applications for the 2010-11 school year. Children who will be 3 or 4 by Aug. 1 will be selected in June, so participants are encouraged to apply early and bring proof of income to the interview.  To schedule an appointment call the offices in Batesville at (870) 698-9127 or 698-0014; Desha at (870) 251-2917; Cave City at (870) 283-5341; or Sulphur Rock at (870) 799-3415.

Lyon hosts student art exhibition

April 9, 2010 Lyon College presents the seventh annual Juried Student Art Exhibition on display April 8-May 5 at Kresge Gallery on the Lyon College campus. Juror Cynthia Thompson from the Memphis College of Art selected 20 works from a variety of mediums including drawing, painting and photography. The gallery reception and awards ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Kresge Gallery. Awards will be presented by President Dr. Don Weatherman and art professor Margaret LeJeune. The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cossey benefit scheduled

April 9, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School District will host a “Walk for a Reason” 5K walk beginning at 9 a.m. April 24 at the elementary gymnasium. The event is free and open to individuals, clubs, organizations, businesses and churches that want to form groups, collect donations and walk, a news release states. Trophies will be awarded to the group and individual who raise the most money.Proceeds will help the Alex Cossey family with medical expenses.

CDC: Cigarette taxes up in 14 states last year

April 9, 2010 ATLANTA — Fourteen states, the nation’s capital and the federal government hiked their cigarette taxes last year, but health officials worry that tobacco company discounts are keeping prices down. State increases ranged from 10 cents per pack in North Carolina to $1 in Connecticut, Florida and Rhode Island. Meanwhile, manufacturers devote billions of dollars on marketing and on promotions to reduce cigarette prices.

Small quake reported

April 9, 2010 GREENBRIER (AP) — Another small earthquake has rattled an area near Greenbrier in central Arkansas.The U.S. Geological Survey center in Memphis reported that it had recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 1.6 at 11:01 p.m. Thursday. The USGS said the epicenter was about 5 miles north-northwest of Greenbrier and 2 miles south-southwest of Twin Groves.

Natural gas service tops agenda

April 9, 2010 ASH FLAT — County Judge Larry Brown will give the Sharp County Quorum Court an update on a proposed natural gas expansion project when the court meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the main courtroom in the courthouse at Ash Flat.Brown said more than 800 potential customers have signed up for the service.Gary Harris of the Sharp County Regional Airport Authority will speak to the court about the need for matching funds for securing a grant for airport improvements and Roger Delffs is on the agenda to talk about Act 631, H.B. 2339 which concerns property owners’ rights.