Family: Brittany Murphy was ill days before death

December 21, 2009 By Anthony McCartneyAP Entertainment WriterLOS ANGELES — Brittany Murphy’s family told Los Angeles officials the actress was ill with flu-like symptoms in the days before her death at age 32.The 32-year-old star of films such as “Just Married,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Clueless” and “8 Mile” collapsed Sunday morning in the bathroom at her Hollywood Hills home.

Essay contest announced

December 21, 2009 The Batesville Optimist Club will once again be sponsoring its annual Essay Contest, open to all area youth under the age of 19 as of Dec. 31. This years’s topic is “The Internet; Today’s Evolution or Tomorrow’s Menace.” Batesville Physical Therapy will offer cash prizes in the contest. First prize at the club level will receive $100; second place $50; and third place $25.

ASUMH honors students

December 21, 2009 Mountain Home —Arkansas State University-Mountain Home has announced the Chancellor’s List and the Vice Chancellor’s List for the fall 2009 semester.To be on the Chancellor’s List, students must full-time with a grade point average for the semester of 4.0. Vice Chancellor’s List designees are full-time students who have a GPA of 3.60 to 3.99.Area students on the Chancellor’s List include Dylan Budolfson, Kelly Passmore and Clint Smith, all of Salem; and Travis White of Brockwell.

Foster a pet for the holidays

December 21, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County and Petfinder.com are participating in the national “Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays” pet fostering program, according to a news release. Across the country, more than 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to empty their kennels for Christmas, encouraging members of the community to invite a pet home for the holidays. People interested or who want more information may call the humane society at (870) 793-0090. The humane society will provide the supplies needed while the pet is fostered.

Concord hires marshal

December 21, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council met with new marshal Chris McMunn during a regular meeting last week to discuss particulars of his job, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.“He’ll be onboard about the first of January,” Pettit said.City Attorney Zack White of Heber Springs assisted in ironing out the details of the agreement.The aldermen also discussed whether to keep White as attorney. After the previous city attorney resigned in midyear, White had agreed to serve only until the end of the year.No decision was reached.

Trash schedule to change

December 21, 2009 There will be no trash or recycling routes run in Independence County on Thursday or Friday, according to the county judge’s office.All trash and recycling will be picked up the following week.Regular trash routes will resume on Dec. 28, and remain on schedule throughout the week of the New Year’s holiday.Recycling routes for downtown Batesville for Jan. 1 will be picked up early, on Dec. 31.Anyone with questions about the schedule may call the judge’s office at (870) 793-8880.

Entergy Ark. workers head to Ky.

December 21, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — About 120 workers with Entergy Arkansas Inc. have left the state for Kentucky where they’ll be helping restore power after a major winter storm.Some 90 linemen and 30 support personnel left Sunday for the Pikeville/Hazard area where nearly 80,000 customers of American Electric Power Kentucky Power were left without electricity.Crews from across Arkansas are expected to arrive today and begin work.

Sharp JPs to discuss budgets

December 21, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the main courtroom in the county courthouse in Ash Flat to consider a courthouse maintenance budget for 2010, according to an agenda for the meeting.The justices will also consider a “cleanup ordinance” for this year’s budget to shift funds within line items to make those items more closely match actual expenditures.Monthly reports from elected officials complete the agenda.

Church to hold service

December 21, 2009 Hope Lutheran Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Thursday. The service is open to the public.The church is located at the intersection of East Main Street and White Drive in Batesville. For more information call (870) 793-3078 or (870) 307-2274.

Police schedule sobriety checks

December 21, 2009 The Independence County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Arkansas State Police, will be conducting random sobriety check points in the county beginning today through New Year’s Day, according to a news release.“Our objective is not to ruin everyone’s good time and spoil the holidays, but to keep everyone safe and prevent highway tragedies,” Sheriff Keith Bowers said. “If someone is stopped in a random check and is sober/and or serving as a designated driver, don’t be surprised if you are presented with a gift from the sheriff’s office.”