Yard sale to be held

March 2, 2010 The seventh annual Spring Extension Homemakers Yard Sale and Craft Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Independence County Fairgrounds.Indoor booth spaces are $15, and outdoor booth spaces are $10. Admission is $1 per person.For more information or to rent a space, call (870) 251-2248, 251-1533, (870) 793-6159 or (870) 283-4949.

Candidates seek offices in Congress

March 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Selected filings for federal and state offices Monday:U.S. SENATE: Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln. Republicans John Boozman, Curtis Coleman and Fred Ramey. Eight Republicans have said they’re seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Lincoln this fall, and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter announced Monday he’ll challenge her in the Democratic primary.

And they’re off! Season opens

March 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A trumpeter played the racetrack staple “Call to Post” to kick off a different type of race in Arkansas on Monday: the 2010 candidate filing season.Candidates, party members, supporters and commentators packed the second-floor rotunda of the state’s Capitol Monday morning, as the secretary of state’s office announced the start of the one-week filing period for the 2010 elections.Oaklawn Park Race Track announcer and guest speaker Terry Wallace said the comparison to horse racing was fitting.

Accused shoplifter leaves sleeping child in car, police say

March 2, 2010 A woman who allegedly left her small child asleep in her car while she entered a local business will be facing multiple charges in court on March 24.Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter said Rita Hunsaker, the manager of Dream Weaver Specialty Store at 4639 Harrison St., told him that a woman later identified as Jennifer R. Morrow, 21, of Newport, came into the store just before 6 p.m. Feb. 27, leaving a small child asleep in her vehicle with the engine running.

SilverSneakers challenges seniors

March 2, 2010 Imagine a fitness class where the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby pump up the atmosphere and the members are senior adults who exercise with the determination of young athletes. While it may sound like a fantasy, the reality is that Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program offers senior adults a fun, safe, and affordable way to exercise. In Batesville, the program is offered through a partnership between Healthways and White River Medical Center PROS (Physical Rehab Outpatient Services) Clinic.

Luncheon promotes awareness

March 2, 2010 More than 300 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville saw red Friday. Most even wore it for the cause.For many the Batesville Go Red For Women luncheon at Independence Hall is a do-not-miss event held to raise awareness and money about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, according to the American Heart Association.For Glenda Bowers, who’s enjoyed the “good food, good company and good speakers” of the luncheon since it began five years ago, “going red” has also helped save her life.

Filings get under way

March 2, 2010 Election filings got under way this week, and already several races have developed in Independence, Sharp and Izard counties.Candidates have until noon Monday to file for office. 

LawCo pushes to get old fines

March 1, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — Lawrence County’s sheriff says he’s making a push to collect as much as he can of the $500,000 in unpaid fines owed by felons.Sheriff Dan Ellison says his department has installed a computer program that tracks felons whose fines are in default. If the felons don’t pay, Ellison says, they could go back to jail.Ellison says he plans to make public lists of those who owe money, so that those who want to pay the fines before a warrant is issued for their arrest can do so.

State suit against town’s sewer district moves on

March 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A hearing is set in a lawsuit filed by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality against a sewer district that serves a small Newton County town.The state DEQ will present its case against Marble Falls Sewer Improvement District No. 1 on Tuesday before Circuit Judge Shawn Womack. The agency wants a court order to stop the dumping of raw sewage into Mill Creek, which is a tributary of the Buffalo National River.DEQ director Teresa Marks says the sewer district has a history of noncompliance with state regulations that goes back 20 years.

Harding students still planning stay in Chile

March 1, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — Thirty-three Harding students are still scheduled to travel to Chile on Tuesday, less than a week after a massive earthquake struck the South American country.Students say they are still enthusiastic about the trip. Now, on top of a rigorous study load, they want to spend their extra time volunteering to rebuild and help families struggling after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake.Dean of International Programs Jeffrey Hopper will join them in April. He says he wouldn’t let the students go if he thought they would be at risk.