Alcohol tax lifts Jonesboro coffers

August 31, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Booze is giving a boost to city coffers in Jonesboro.Beginning in July, the city increased from 3 percent to 5 percent its tax on gross alcohol sales at private clubs.As a result, city officials say revenue to the city nearly doubled in July to more than $20,000. The city uses the money for alcohol law enforcement and education.So far this year, the alcohol tax paid by the city’s 20 clubs and restaurants has generated more than $109,000 for the city.

‘Raiders of Lost Arkansas’ to be presented Thursday

August 31, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Ian Beard will present “Sam Dellinger and the Raiders of the Lost Arkansas” at the Spring River Gem & Mineral Club meeting at 10 a.m.  Thursday, according to president Paul Grindol.Beard’s program is about prehistoric cultures of Arkansas, the artifacts they left behind and the efforts by Dellinger, an archaeologist with the University of Arkansas Museum in Fayetteville, to preserve this legacy.

Local health providers plan for upcoming flu season

August 31, 2009 A group of medical professionals from Independence County and Batesville met Thursday at White River Medical Center to discuss plans for dealing with the upcoming flu season.The series of meetings, roughly every six weeks, are set up to deal with the threat of a flu outbreak, that according to some medical agencies, could affect nearly half the nation’s population.

Social host arrest made

August 31, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man is facing charges after an underage person died in a weekend party, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Allen Kipfer, 24, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging him with social hosts-criminal liability (two counts). This law, enacted during the 2009 legislative session, provides that a person who exercises control over private property shall not knowingly allow a person under the age of 21 years to consume alcohol on the private property.

Cord woman keeps busy with civic, church, family

August 31, 2009 CORD — Don’t expect a little thing like a brown recluse bite to slow Iantha Anderson down. She’s way too busy to sit back while she’s recuperating. “It’s going to heal itself,” Anderson said with a shrug. That pretty much sums up her nonchalant attitude. Anderson doesn’t let much get to her, if she can help it. And she stays active — church, community, family, anything goes.

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.