United Way kicks off ’09 campaign

August 31, 2009 “LIVE UNITED” is the theme of the 2009-10 United Way Campaign, announced Sue Karg, assistant to the executive director of United Way of Independence County.The United Way of Independence County kicked off its new campaign with a breakfast at First Community Bank in the George Rider room with many of the community’s CEOs, agency directors, division chairpersons and members of the United Way board present. The breakfast was donated by Sodexho of Lyon College.

Saddle bronc falls on young rider

August 31, 2009 SIDNEY — A Melbourne 10th-grader was seriously injured when a horse fell on him in the saddle bronc competition at the Sidney rodeo Saturday night.Matt Melton, 15, suffered head injuries and a hairline crack in his spine, his uncle, Hank England, said this morning. Although serious, the back injury doesn’t concern doctors too much because they think it will heal OK, he said, adding, “The majority of injuries were to his head.”

Law enforcement looking for drunk drivers during holiday

August 28, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Col. Winford E. Phillips, director of the Arkansas State Police and Governor’s highway safety representative, has announced the Arkansas Highway Safety Office’s latest statewide drunk driving prevention enforcement effort. This crackdown coincides with the national initiative called “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest,” which runs through Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

Kidnapped woman hidden in CA backyard for 18 years

August 28, 2009 PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A girl snatched on her way to school was hidden for nearly two decades behind a series of fences, sheds and tents, even giving birth to her suspected abductor’s children in the suburban backyard compound less than 200 miles from her childhood home.Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was 11 when she was abducted from a South Lake Tahoe street in 1991, was taken directly to the house and sheltered from the world in a secret, leafy backyard, investigators said Thursday.

Gun, knife show scheduled

August 28, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — A gun and knife show to benefit the Timbo Fire Department is scheduled for Oct. 10-11 at the Stone County Fairgrounds at Mountain View.Hour will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11.Admission will be $3 for ages 12 and older.The show is expected to have more than 90 tables of guns and knives, making it one of the largest shows in north central Arkansas, the release states.

Fall turkey season may be closed

August 28, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The state’s turkey population has declined in recent years because of a series of poor spring hatches. As a result, Emon Mahony of El Dorado, commissioner with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has proposed closing the fall turkey hunting seasons this year. “I cannot in good faith further restrict spring hunting if we allow hunters to kill hens in the fall,” said Mahony.

Hunters can help themselves by learning rules changes

August 28, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — If you want to be better prepared for the upcoming hunting seasons, a few minutes in your favorite chair with a book can be a major boost, Arkansas Game and Fish spokesman Keith Stephens said.The book is the commission’s 2009-10 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. It is 140 pages, including the cover, and it’s free at any AGFC office or license dealer.

Historic games to be played

August 28, 2009 POWHATAN — A Historic Games Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at Powhatan Historic State Park, interpreter Kristyn Watts said.Admission to the games is free.

Ceremony to honor Wilder

August 28, 2009 ConAgra Foods will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday dedicating the new electrical substation to the late Ron Wilder. Wilder began his career with ConAgra Foods in November 1989 as plant engineer. According to a news release, Wilder had a dream of creating an electrical substation that would eliminate/replace three high voltage transformers and their associated high voltage switches and secondary distribution gear outside the north end of the plant.

Service News

August 28, 2009 Norfolk, Va. — Navy Seaman Apprentice Dusty D. Maloch, son of Brenda L. and Rocky D. Maloch of Oxford, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Maloch completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.