Senior citizens’ dinner slated

December 7, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary will hold its annual Christmas dinner for senior citizens at 6 p.m. Thursday.There will be drawings for prizes and admission is free. Those who need a ride and would like to arrange transportation can call the school at (870) 346-5481.

Plans proceed for new football complex

December 7, 2009 CAVE CITY — A bid of $131,514 from Fleming Electric Inc. of Bryant was accepted during last week’s Cave City School Board meeting for lighting for a planned football complex, Superintendent Steven Green said.The complex will be located just east of the new high school building and high school parking lot. Architect Jim Harris of Little Rock and local surveyor Pete Musgrave are developing plans to bid out dirt work for the project, Green said, but no target date has been set for dirt work to begin.

AARP members to have lunch

December 7, 2009 The Batesville AARP chapter will meet Tuesday at Western Sizzlin.The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. Ashleigh Rogers will be the guest speaker/singer. Other business includes installation of officers.The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to anyone age 55 and older.

Angel Tree seeks help

December 7, 2009 The Angel Tree still has 290 names of children to give out and time is running out, according to a news release.The United Way of Independence County has extended the last day to pick up an angel name to Dec. 14.  United Way also needs volunteers at the fairgrounds on Dec. 15, 16 and 17 to help take in and distribute presents. Call (870) 793-5991 to volunteer, take a name, or give a donation. 

Batesville BPW dissolves

December 7, 2009 The Batesville Business and Professional Women has been dissolved, according to Merry A. McSpadden.Any former member or relative of a former member wishing to donate any BPW related memorabilia may call McSpadden at (870) 793-3027.

ES schedules Christmas play

December 7, 2009 EVENING SHADE — Students of Evening Shade Math and Science Academy will present “Our Gift to You” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Burt Reynolds gymnasium.Admission is free.

One dead in Izard crash

December 7, 2009 A Melbourne man was killed in a one vehicle crash just before 7 p.m. Friday, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Brandon Cook.Cook said Louie Barnes, 68, was traveling south on Highway 69 spur (0.1 mile north of Highway 69) when he lost control of his 2002 Ford pickup truck on a curve.Cook said Barnes then left the roadway and struck a utility pole and was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2009 JONESBORO ­— Vernon Stone was asleep in his bunk 68 years ago when the bombing began.Today, the 87-year-old veteran recalls running to the main deck to see what would later be remembered as a “Day of Infamy.” Stone’s bunk was located one deck below the ship’s main deck. “I went top side and saw the Japanese planes dropping bombs. I went back down and within a minute or two we were hit with two bombs, one aft (rear) and one forward,” he said. “The next thing I heard was a horrific explosion. I found out later it was the Arizona,” he said.

Survivor back for 1st time since war

December 7, 2009 PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Retired firefighter Ed Johann was a teenage apprentice seaman on Dec. 7, 1941, when he spotted Japanese planes coming in over Pearl Harbor.He thought they were U.S. aircraft conducting drills until explosions and flames erupted from stricken ships in the harbor.Then came screams of sailors; the stench of burning oil and flesh.The 86-year-old Oregonian is due to return today to Pearl Harbor for the first time since World War II to attend a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the attack.