No texting while driving goes into effect Thursday

September 28, 2009 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A law that goes into effect Thursday will prohibit Arkansas drivers from texting or sending e-mail from their handheld devices while driving.The Legislature passed the ban during the last session, calling it “Paul’s Law,” after Paul Davidson of Jonesboro. The father of three was killed in a head-on crash with a driver who was allegedly typing a text message.The law prohibits reading, writing and sending messages while driving.Rep. Ray Kidd, D-Jonesboro, sponsored the bill.

Cops nab allegedly drunk man punching construction barrels

September 28, 2009 Using a traffic control barrel as a punching bag in a busy construction zone got a 25-year-old Cave City man arrested Sept. 19.Reserve Independence County Deputy Stacy Wright said he was on patrol on Highway 167 near Hawgs Exxon around 5:25 p.m. when we received a call on a man who “was turning traffic control devices over in the construction zone near Main Street.”“I went to that location and saw the suspect (Douglas W. Acklin) punching and kicking a construction barrel, attempting to knock it over,” Wright said.

Interlocal group meets

September 28, 2009 Members of the Newark Interlocal Law Enforcement Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss police coverage of the city while an officer, David Sallas, is in the police academy beginning in January.Newark Mayor Randy Hendrix also raised the question of allowing the Independence County deputies on duty during the day to spend part of that time acting as a school resource officer.He said the city has gotten federal stimulus money to help supplement the position but it is not sufficient to pay a full-time resource officer.

Revival set for Oct. 5-7

September 28, 2009 MAPLE SPRINGS — Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church will host a revival Oct. 5-7 at 7 nightly.Eddie Wyatt will be the evangelist.The church is located at 4225 Newport Road, two miles west of Oil Trough on Highway 14. Curt Howard is the pastor.

4-H month features science day, robots

September 28, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — October is 4-H month in Arkansas and will be marked by participation in a national experiment in biofuels, giant pumpkins, a robot-building competition and a gubernatorial proclamation.“October is always a big month for 4-H in Arkansas,” said Brad Davis, executive director of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation. “It’s state fair time, which often means competitions that represent culmination of a summer of hard work for our 4-H’ers.”Among the county and state activities happening during 4-H Month:

Auction, yard sale slated

September 28, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Agua Viva Mission Team of First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village will hold a benefit auction and yard sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cherokee Frame Factory in Ash Flat.The proceeds will help fund the Christmas mission trip to Agua Viva Children’s home in Guatemala. Christmas presents (clothes, pajamas, shoes) will be purchased for the children there and the ministry team will help staff the home while other missionaries come back to visit their families in the United States for Christmas, according to Regenia Conway.

Old Time Revival scheduled

September 28, 2009 ZION — Caney Springs Church near Zion will host its annual Old Time Revival Thursday through Saturday. This Cumberland Presbyterian church was built in 1889 and restored in the 1980s. Each night beginning at 7 gospel music and inspired preaching brings back the spirit of those who worshipped here long ago, according to a news release. Kerosene lanterns light the sanctuary. A traditional covered dish supper outdoors, also known as “dinner on the ground,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Strawberry River DAR to mark 30th anniversary

September 28, 2009 HORSESHOE BEND — The Strawberry River National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Melbourne City Hall. The program will be on “American Samplers Through the Years,” presented by Nancy Thurston, chapter regent.Invitations have been sent to community leaders and other dignitaries for the 30th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Strawberry River Chapter NSDAR. The celebration will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Horseshoe Bend and is open to the public.

Reunion planned

September 28, 2009 CAVE CITY — The descendants of Samuel T. “Sam” Phillips will hold a family reunion from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God Church, 20th and Lyon streets in Batesville. A potluck lunch will be served. Plates, cups, napkins and silverware will be provided. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

White family to meet

September 28, 2009 The grandchildren of John and Dan White are planning a reunion at 10 a.m. Saturday at pavilion two at Riverside Park in Batesville.A potluck will be served at noon. The event is open to all family and friends.For more information call (870) 698-0335 or Truie Olinger at (870) 251-7224.