Post office wants 5-day delivery

March 24, 2010 WASHINGTON — The Postal Service took the first formal step today toward cutting mail delivery to five days a week.The postal governing board agreed to ask the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for an opinion on dropping Saturday delivery. That request goes to the commission next week.Under the proposal, mail delivery to homes and businesses and mail collection from blue mailboxes would be limited to Monday through Friday.

Soldier laid to rest after heroic rescue failed

March 24, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — Family members say an Arkansas soldier’s buddy tried to shield him before both were killed in an attack in Afghanistan.Sgt. Jonathan J. Richardson, of Bald Knob, was buried Tuesday in North Little Rock after a funeral in Searcy.Richardson’s mother, Sharon Dunigan, says Richardson and Pfc. Jason Kropat were killed March 9 when a suicide bomber disguised as an Afghan police officer detonated a bomb.

Big cities see gains as boomers delay retirement

March 24, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — Many older Americans are staying put in traditional big cities to hold onto jobs, creating slowdowns in population growth at once-popular retirement destinations in the South and West.Census estimates for 2009, released Tuesday, capture the impact of the housing downturn and economic recession on the nation’s counties and metropolitan areas.Annual growth of retirement-destination counties has declined substantially, despite the large cohort of baby boomers who are reaching retirement age.

Body of Navy SEAL arrives in Hot Springs

March 24, 2010 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The body of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan has arrived in Hot Springs for his funeral.Thirty-six-year-old Chief Petty Officer Adam Brown died last Thursday. The Department of Defense did not release details of his death. He was assigned to a SEAL team based in Virginia Beach, Va.Brown’s body arrived Tuesday at Hot Springs Memorial Field — not long after funeral services were held in Searcy for U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Richardson of Bald Knob.

Look Good, Feel Better program offered at WRMC

March 24, 2010 The American Cancer Society will hold its Look Good, Feel Better program from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday in the Cancer Care Center next to White River Medical Center.The program, which is designed for women currently undergoing cancer treatment, uses trained cosmetologists to teach cancer patients how to enhance their appearance and self-image. Patients are taught how to deal with hair loss and changes in skin complexion and nails caused by radiation and chemotherapy. Individuals will have the option to order a free wig.

Church to host revival

March 24, 2010 Second Chance Full Gospel Church will have a revival Friday through Sunday.Meeting times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Linda Williams of Healing Hands in Trumann will be the guest speaker.The church is located at 23 Griffin Road in Batesville. For more information call (870) 613-0805 or 613-6462.

Cemetery schedules cleaning

March 24, 2010 CORD — The Hopewell Cemetery at Cord will have its cleaning Saturday, according to volunteer Iantha Anderson.In case of rain, the cleaning will be April 3.

Tourism to Arkansas creates jobs, revenue

March 24, 2010 Little Rock — Motorcoach and group tourism and travel both to and within Arkansas is a powerful economic engine that infuses tourism dollars locally and statewide, creating economic growth, hospitality industry jobs, and new tax revenue, a new interactive online tool recently released by the American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF) reveals.

Sheriff: Alcohol top killer of teens

March 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — One of the most dreadful occasions for a parent is that phone call or middle of the night visit from a police officer saying that a child had died in a car wreck, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of American teenagers ages 15-19.

Museum still has space available for workshop Local Scouts sought to participate

March 24, 2010 The deadline has been extended for participation by Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in the Scouting Out History workshop at Old Independence Regional Museum, volunteer coordinator Amanda Nikkel said.Reservations for the workshop are required, but the deadline for registration has been extended to March 31.