What’s in author J.D. Salinger’s safe?

January 29, 2010 NEW YORK — So what about the safe?The death this week of J.D. Salinger ends one of literature’s most mysterious lives and intensifies one of its greatest mysteries: Was the author of “The Catcher in the Rye” keeping a stack of finished, unpublished manuscripts in a safe in his house in Cornish, N.H.? Are they masterpieces, curiosities or random scribbles?And if there are publishable works, will the author’s estate release them?The Salinger camp isn’t talking.No comment, says his literary representative, Phyllis Westberg, of Harold Ober Associates Inc.

Energy efficiency may lower taxes

January 29, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — Making energy efficient improvements to your home will do more than reduce your energy costs — they’ll also reduce your tax bill.The tax credit for energy-efficient windows or doors, air conditioners or furnaces, or other energy-saving improvements disappeared in 2008, but returned for 2009 and 2010 — at an even higher value. This is one case where procrastination paid off.

Libertarians to get together

January 29, 2010 JONESBORO — The Arkansas Libertarian Party 1st Congressional District meeting will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Edge Coffee House, 1900 Aggie Rd., Jonesboro.One does not have to be a member of the Libertarian Party to attend. For more information contact Rodger Paxton at (901) 213-7651 or visit www.lpar.org.

Author to be at Words

January 29, 2010 HARDY — Christine Lynxwiler will be at Words Bookstore in Hardy from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 with the second book in her McCord Sister Romance series, titled “Cowgirl at Heart.” The first book in the series is “The Reluctant Cowgirl.”The bookstore is located at 201 Spring St., a block north of Main Street. The bookstore is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with live music from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call (870) 856-5579.For more information about the author, visit www.christinelynxwiler.com.

Church to hold event

January 29, 2010 CUSHMAN — Friendship Outreach Inc. will present a celebration of praise for God and family featuring Doc and Connie Spurlin and Rusty at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Cushman Baptist Church, located at 2530 Claxton Loop in Cushman.Admission is free, but donations will be taken.All proceeds will benefit the Women’s Addictions Resistance Project, a residential facility for women struggling with habitual behaviors.For more information call (870) 307-1815.

WBC awards scholarships

January 29, 2010 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College has awarded scholarships to two area high school seniors based on their college entrance examination scores. Samantha Wilson of Batesville received a President’s Select Scholarship. Wilson is a senior at Southside High School. She is the daughter of Charles and Anita Farrier of Batesville.Cheyenne Childers of Cave City received a President’s Scholarship. The daughter of Mark and Laura Childers of Cave City, Childers is a senior at Cave City High School.

4 receive Lyon scholarships

January 29, 2010 Kristen Allyse Collins, Meredith McKinney and Tenisha Robertson, all of Batesville, and Kirbi Chase McMullin of Locust Grove have been accepted for admission to Lyon College and have been awarded scholarships.Each year, Lyon College awards scholarships to outstanding applicants who show special promise as productive members of the college community.Collins is the daughter of Wanda and Jerry Woodall of Batesville and the granddaughter of Marie Runions and Loyd Gillis of Rich Hill, Mo., and Rocky and Donna McIntosh of Batesville.

Winter Gala postponed

January 29, 2010 The Winter Gala scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of weather conditions, according to Executive Director of Main Street Batesville Paula Grimes.

Man arrested for taking items

January 29, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Powhatan man was arrested after a witness saw him taking items from a storage shed Tuesday, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.Louis Hoggard, 68, was charged in Lawrence County Circuit Court with breaking or entering, theft of property and criminal trespass.

Habitat receives grant

January 29, 2010 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County has received a $3,000 Community Grant from the Walmart Foundation to help in building of Habitat’s second house in Independence County.