Entergy Arkansas prepares for blast of winter weather

January 28, 2010 Entergy Arkansas Inc. is preparing for the possibility of power outages over the next couple of days that could be caused by accumulation of ice and snow on power lines, utility poles and tree limbs, according to a news release.

Stamp Out Smoking hosting drama contest

January 28, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Stamp Out Smoking, the educational outreach media campaign for the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, will host the seventh annual tobacco-free drama contest.Titled “The Big Pitch,” the contest will give students across Arkansas the chance to write and star in their own television spot highlighting the dangers of tobacco.

Reduce energy costs

January 28, 2010 Entergy Arkansas customer service manager Les Frensley offered a few energy-saving tips, too:• Turn the thermostat up a few degrees in the winter and down in the summer, using fans instead. The heating and air-conditioning systems are typically the two single-biggest power users in a home.• Caulk around windows to keep outside air from flowing in. Although it may not be very attractive, plastic sheeting on the windows works well too (make sure you get a good seal around the windows).

HDC elects officers

January 28, 2010 The Batesville Historic District Commission welcomed newly appointed members and elected its 2010 officers at its first meeting in January.Joining the Historic District Commission were Terry King and Gail Harley.New officers include Terrell Tebbetts, chairman; Brian Langston, vice chairman; and Larry Sandage, secretary.

Proposed state fair sites cut to 4

January 28, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Livestock Show Association has cut the list of proposed sites for the Arkansas State Fair to four.The current location in Little Rock is among them. The other sites are two locations near the intersection of Interstates 40 and 440 in North Little Rock and along I-440 near U.S. 167 in the Jacksonville area.The association’s board agreed to allow a buyer’s agent to begin negotiating agreements to buy the land in the Jacksonville area.

Smithville man wrecks bike

January 28, 2010 Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes said a Smithville man, Ricky Branscum, age unknown, was seriously injured Jan. 17 in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 167 north of Batesville.The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m., according to Hughes who said Cara Long of Batesville was northbound in a 1998 Buick when she slowed to make a right turn into a driveway and was hit by Branscum, riding a 2003 Honda motorcycle.

Cave City library hours changed

January 28, 2010 CAVE CITY — New hours at the Cave City Library have been announced by librarian Dettye Broughton.Effective Feb. 1, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.

Wintry precipitation forecast

January 28, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says that “significant icing” is possible over north and central Arkansas. Up to eight inches of snow is expected in parts of north Arkansas, too.But weather service forecaster Joe Goudsward says there is uncertainty about where and how much precipitation will fall, and of what type it will be.Goudsward says the computer models have been inconsistent because they show the system moving through at different speeds.

Southside student takes spelling bee

January 28, 2010 Jake Wyatt couldn’t have been more surprised to be the last speller standing at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Tuesday night. In fact, walking offstage, amid all the excitement of being the 2010 Independence County Spelling Bee champ, he asked coordinator Charlotte Pillow to remind him, “What was that last word?” “Petrify,” she said, smiling, standing at the foot of the stage as the Southside High seventh-grader made his way down the steps of the Independence Hall stage where his family and others waited to congratulate him.