Sept. 11 galvanizes US troops in Afghanistan

September 11, 2009 BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — The Sept. 11 attacks were both a tragedy and a call to arms for many of the soldiers at this sprawling military air base — although few would have guessed that eight years on, the war in Afghanistan would still be raging.Many of the troops now fighting here were high school students at the time. Some saw the attacks on TV during class, and vowed to sign up when they were old enough.

Obama speaks at 9-11 ceremony

September 11, 2009 “... Eight Septembers have come and gone. Nearly 3,000 days have passed — almost one for each of those taken from us. But no turning of the seasons can diminish the pain and the loss of that day. No passage of time and no dark skies can ever dull the meaning of this moment.

Tanker stolen from Conway

September 10, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The FBI says there appears to be no terrorism link connected to the theft of a tanker truck from a Conway oil company.The empty fuel tanker was stolen Tuesday from M.M. Satterfield Oil Co.The anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks are Friday and police say they notified federal authorities to be safe.Police say surveillance video shows the truck leaving the company’s property at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday but nothing else is visible.

Official returns after Taser incident with dog

September 10, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — The City Code Enforcement and Animal Control officer in Walnut Ridge is back at work after shocking a dog with a Taser — but he’ll no longer respond to animal calls.Robert Rice was put on paid leave following public outrage after a KAIT television crew captured him shocking the dog last month. Rice says the dog was acting aggressively and video showing that part of the incident wasn’t broadcast.Mayor Michelle Rogers reinstated Rice to enforce city property code ordinances.

Folk center schedules Herb Harvest Festival

September 10, 2009 Mountain View — The Heritage Herb Garden at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View will host the annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival and Sumptuous Herb Harvest Supper on Oct. 1-3. The theme is “Grow & Use Herbs & Vegetables.” The Herb Harvest Dinner, designed by Jim Long, and the reception, hosted by The Ozark Unit of the Herb Society of America, kicks off the event at 6:30 p.m. that Thursday. The seminar begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 and 3 in the folk center’s administration building.Speakers are as follows:

Missing girl found safe

September 10, 2009 Sixteen-year-old Ashley Lewis returned home safe after a story of her being missing appeared in the Guard Wednesday.Police say Lewis walked out of a wooded area near her home late Wednesday afternoon. No details were given by police as to where she had been.

Patriotic program planned

September 10, 2009 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Church of Christ will host its annual Patriotic Dinner and Program Sunday.The program will honor the country and remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as honor local men and women who have devoted their lives to the community’s security and protection, including rescue workers, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and active and former military personnel.

Church to host date nights, free child care

September 10, 2009 Beginning next week, Family Connections of Batesville First Assembly of God is sponsoring “8 Great Dates to an Extraordinary Marriage.” This is a program that provides free child care while couples participate. It allows for one “date night” every Tuesday evening for an eight-week period. Children may be dropped off at the church starting at 6:30 p.m. for food and games, and couples will be involved in a 20-minute marriage enhancement presentation regarding the focus of the date, before actually going on the date of their choice. Children are to be picked up at 8:30 p.m.

Parenting class offered

September 10, 2009 Family Connections of Batesville First Assembly of God will be offering a seven-week parenting class entitled “Making Your Children Mind Without Losing Yours.” The first class will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday. The class will be held in the Family Connections room of Batesville First Assembly at 20th and Lyon streets. There is no cost for the class, but all participants have the option of purchasing the book/workbook. “We encourage all parents of the community to attend,” said Nikki Penn.

Folk center to host NCARED Creative Economy meeting

September 10, 2009 Mountain View — The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development (NCARED) sponsored Creative Economy Team will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Skillet Restaurant on the grounds of the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View.The meeting is open to anyone associated with the creative sector of the economy, such as artists, authors, crafters, gallery owners, etc.