Amtrak train derails; no injuries reported

January 6, 2010 HIGGINSON (AP) — An Amtrak train from Chicago has derailed in White County.Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero says no injuries were reported when the Texas Eagle derailed just after 3 this morning in Higginson — about 45 miles northeast of Little Rock. The train was headed for Los Angeles via San Antonio.Romero says 212 passengers and an unknown number of crew were on board. She says no decision was immediately made on how the passengers would continue their journey.A cause of the derailment has not been determined.

Museum event postponed one week due to weather

January 6, 2010 The “Winter Night at the Museum” event originally scheduled for Friday at Old Independence Regional Museum has been postponed due to the extreme cold weather and threat of more snow, administrative secretary April White said.“Everyone who has purchased tickets is encouraged to hold them for one more week,” she said.The postponed event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15.

Forecasters warn of dangerous cold

January 6, 2010 With the potential for snow today, sleet tonight and single digit temperatures by the weekend, local homeowners may be facing some of the coldest weather in a decade, according to weather professionals. After the snow ends forecasters say they expect clear skies to develop across the state bringing extreme cold temperatures. Friday’s high is expected to be around 20 degrees, before dropping to an overnight low of around 7.

OT man to be honored on 90th birthday

January 6, 2010 OIL TROUGH — Jim Pelley of Oil Trough will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Oil Trough Community Center.He is a retired farmer. However, he still gardens, hunts, plays cards and spends time with his family and many friends.

January is named mentoring month

January 6, 2010 The U.S. Senate has officially recognized January 2010 as National Mentoring Month, marking its ninth year.National Mentoring Month was created in 2002 to bring attention to the need for mentors in our country as well as how a community can work together to assure a brighter and better future for its young people. Research on one-on-one mentoring has proven repeatedly to develop character in youth such as improved academic achievement, self- esteem, social skills, and career development plus it reduces substance use and abuse, academic failure, and delinquency.

State unveils universal scholarship application

January 6, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas citizens seeking education beyond high school will now find the scholarship application process more user-friendly than ever before, thanks to the Universal Scholarship Application, developed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.   The online version of the Universal Scholarship Application, launched on Jan. 1, matches students to potential scholarships in a matter of minutes.

Red Cross assists apartment residents

January 6, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The American Red Cross is providing disaster relief and care to 16 residents of apartments at 6255 St. Louis St., Batesville. Fire engulfed five units Monday destroying everything, leaving only the outside walls of the building.  “This is the worst fire I’ve seen in more than six years,” said American Red Cross North Central Chapter Executive Director Wayne Denson.  “The Red Cross is providing emergency food and clothing for residents.  We are pleased that the landlord has made living arrangements for all of the families.” 

Benefit account established

January 6, 2010 A benefit account has been set up for Toby and Kimberly Clay of Batesville, whose home burned Sunday.Donations may be made at any First Community Bank branch, according to family friend, Rachel Fisher.

Man’s death ruled suicide

January 6, 2010 The New Year’s Eve death of a Charlotte area man has been ruled as suicide, according to local authorities.Independence County Deputy Gary Franks said around 4:45 p.m. Dec. 31, relatives found Elden Ray Brewer, 63, dead in his bedroom from a self-inflicted wound.Bobby Ackerman told Franks that after a relative couldn’t raise Brewer by phone, he went to Brewer’s home and found him face down on a bed.

Iowa superintendent visits board

January 6, 2010 The Batesville School Board briefly met Monday night to hear a presentation by Dr. Gary Norris, superintendent at Waterloo Community Schools in Iowa. Batesville Superintendent Ted Hall said Norris, who has worked with the school before, discussed ways in which his school, Waterloo Community Schools, has been successful in implementing 21st century teaching strategies and how Batesville could do the same. Norris will help Batesville come up with a plan about how improved strategies can be met, Hall said.