39th to return

November 24, 2008 HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade begin returning home from Iraq Tuesday night, signaling the end of the unit's second deployment to Iraq.

Izard County authorities make arrests

November 24, 2008 MELBOURNE - The Izard County Sheriff's Office has made forgery, battery, drug and other arrests recently, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Jeffrey Todd Engle, 39, of Mount Pleasant has been charged with seven counts of first-degree forgery. The charges stem from allegations that Engle stole checks from a relative's home while the relative was out of town.

Police urging motorists to buckle up

November 24, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas State Police will be working alongside law enforcement agencies across the state during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday period, reminding all highway travelers to buckle up.

Thanksgiving meals served free of charge

November 24, 2008 Southside - Southside 4-H and friends will be serving a Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. This event will be free of charge and open to the public. Those that might not have family in the area, or are down on their luck are encouraged to attend.The meal will be served on Thursday at the Southside Elementary School Cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Family & Friends Briefs

November 24, 2008 Caroling in Caverns to begin MOUNTAIN VIEW - Caroling in the Caverns - a Christmas Concert begins Saturday and runs through Dec. 21 at Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View. Participants can see the astonishing cave formations and hear the sounds of caroling resounding through the caverns as musicians perform old-time favorites Christmas songs.

Jacksonport park obtains grant for cannon exhibit

November 24, 2008 JACKSONPORT - Jacksonport State Park recently received funds for a wayside exhibit panel for the park's Civil War cannon, park Superintendent Mark Ballard announced. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The Arkansas Humanities Council supports numerous projects throughout Arkansas which promote the humanities within the state.

Huskey to mark 80th birthday

November 24, 2008 STRAWBERRY - Paul J. Huskey will celebrate his 80th birthday at a party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell. Huskey was born Dec. 3, 1928, in Saffell, but spent most of his early years in Tuckerman. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1950 and served in Korea from 1950 to 1952 as a private first class in the 69th Field Artillery.


November 24, 2008 Dear Editor I would like to encourage the people of Independence County to come out over the next three weeks and hear about the proposed economic development tax that will be before the voters on December 9th. This vote is historic and provides everyone in the community the opportunity to be a part of moving our community forward. I am sure that with the economy the way it is, the challenges that face our nation in regards to what we face with our future, we have ample opportunities locally to generate jobs and employment with these funds. This tax is something everyone in the community will be able to take pride in because of its purpose which is to go towards efforts that will enhance, create, or retain jobs in Independence County.

Narcotics arrests keep officers busy

November 24, 2008 SEARCY - Drug and related charges have been filed against five people in three different recent incidents in White County, said Sgt. Greg Coney, public information officer for the White County Sheriff's Department.

Area Briefs

November 24, 2008 Court calls special meeting The Independence County Quorum Court will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Jess B. Carpenter Building in Batesville. A continued discussion on the one-mill county library tax will be the main topic of the meeting.