Sen. Edward Kennedy, 77, dies after cancer battle

August 26, 2009 HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 77.In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, served alongside 10 presidents — his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them — compiling an impressive list of legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration and more.

Ozarka to offer GED test 

August 26, 2009 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 and 23 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, Sept. 8 and 22;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Sept. 14 and 21;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Sept. 1 and 8;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Sept. 2 and 10.

Harmon benefit set

August 26, 2009 A benefit dinner and auction for Tim Harmon and family will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the West Elementary school cafeteria at 850 Hill St. in Batesville. Proceeds will help with medical expenses incurred since Harmon’s diagnosis of aggressive colon cancer. Smoked pork sandwich plates will be sold for $6 and a silent auction will be from 5 to 7. A pie and cake auction is set to begin at 7:30.

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

August 26, 2009 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met Tuesday at Batesville Country Club for lunch and a meeting.Noreen Trentini, queen mother, called the meeting to order. Bonnie Kimmer’s granddaughter, Hannah, was a guest. Linda Campbell of Evening Shade was introduced as a new member. Linda Spurlock will also be added to the roster as a new member.Those celebrating birthdays this month were Barbara Kimble, Eleanor Lupien, Virginia Moser, Ionice Pierce and Betty Simmons.Membership dues were paid.

Old Powhatan to get checked for ‘hauntings’

August 26, 2009 POWHATAN — Spirit Seekers of Arkansas, a paranormal investigation team based in Little Rock, will visit the old courthouse in Powhatan Historic State Park on Saturday to investigate claims of a haunting, park interpreter Kristyn Watts said.“At 7 p.m., a presentation of pictures and stories will be presented by Alan Lowe, the director of Investigations and Co. and founder of SPIRIT Seekers, with demonstrations afterwards. This event is free to the public.

Man with ties to county arrested after shooting dog

August 26, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME ­— On Tuesday, at approximately 3 p.m., deputies from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance on Bonnie Lassie Lane, in the city of Briarcliff, that involved a man with ties to Independence County.

Tuckerman man dies in crash

August 26, 2009 NEWPORT — A 51-year-old Tuckerman man died in a two-vehicle crash about 3:05 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 67 north of Newport, according to Arkansas State Trooper Doug Cash.Tommy Wayne Emory was driving a 2000 Buick north on Highway 67 when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a southbound 1999 Kenworth truck, Cash said.Emory was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County coroner.

Volunteens wrap up summer at WRMC

August 26, 2009 Nineteen teenage volunteers participated in the White River Medical Center Auxiliary-sponsored Volunteen program contributing 1,090 volunteer hours at the hospital this summer. The goal of the program is to expose young adults to health careers and to promote the philosophy of volunteerism, officials said.

Computer glitches discussed

August 26, 2009 Problems with a district court computer system and overtime pay for school resource officers were the topics discussed at an Independence County law enforcement committee meeting Monday night.The committee heard a report from District Judge Chaney Taylor regarding the use of the Arkansas Court Automation Project, a bookkeeping system used by courts to properly disperse court-collected money to appropriate legal divisions.

Handing out funds

August 26, 2009 SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL PROSECUTOR and Drug Task Force Director Don McSpadden recently distributed monies seized from drug dealers or from the most recent DTF seizure sale. Nine law enforcement agencies in the five-county district received monies. Other agencies in the district will receive equipment for safety and other law enforcement purposes from the prosecuting attorney’s portion of the sale and seizures.