Woman battles mental diagnosis, deaths of those close to her

October 7, 2009 Manessah McCullough’s parents met in a mental institution.Her dad was a manic depressive who’d committed himself, and her mother was wheeled in on a gurney because of her second overdose.McCullough is 23 and has struggled with drug addiction for years, lost her husband and gone to jail before finally finding Luke 4:18 Lives. Getting sober wasn’t easy, but neither was McCullough’s path to addiction.———McCullough is the latest graduate of Luke 4:18, according to director Kristal Reeves. At her graduation she sang a song by Jeremy Camp called “My Desire.”

Sebelius: Americans must get swine flu vaccination

October 7, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appealed anew today for widespread inoculation against a surging swine flu threat, calling the vaccine “safe and secure.”Sebelius unconditionally vouched for the safety of the vaccine, saying it “has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out.”

Church to hold yard sale

October 7, 2009 FLORAL — Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, located on Highway 87 West between Floral and Pleasant Plains, will have an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.Items available include hunting equipment, household items, winter clothing (such as coveralls and coats), glassware and books, including Western, romance and adventure.Proceeds will go toward the new fellowship building.

Church sets homecoming

October 7, 2009 Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church will celebrate its homecoming Sunday. Guest speaker will be Jim Richardson.A potluck will follow the service. Contests for the prettiest apron and the ugliest tie will be held. Games for all ages will be held.

Symphony to perform

October 7, 2009 NEWPORT — The Arkansas State University-Newport NOON Concert~Lecture Series presents the Delta Symphony Orchestra in a special concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Center for the Arts on the ASU-Newport campus. The Delta Symphony Orchestra is lead by conductor Dr. Neale Bartee. The orchestra is the only professional symphony in the northeast Arkansas Delta region. The group has been entertaining, educating and enriching lives in the area for more than 30 years.

Poet to speak at WBC

October 7, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Poet Andrea Hollander Budy will speak at Williams Baptist College on Oct. 29. Budy, who is from Mountain View, will perform readings from her works starting at 7 p.m. in WBC’s Mabee Student Center.Budy is the author of three full-length poetry collections: “Woman in the Painting,” “The Other Life” and “House Without a Dreamer,” which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and college textbooks, including “Writing Poems,” “The Poets’ Grimm,” and “The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry.”

2 achieve rank of Eagle Scout

October 7, 2009 Boy Scout Troop 320 has two new Eagle Scouts, according to a news release. Tyler Glen Mize and William Houston “Joey” Waldrip III have completed the requirements to achieve the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

Sheriff: Man wanted apology to wife before killing

October 7, 2009 BULL SHOALS (AP) — Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers says a man who apparently shot and killed a food store manager and himself apparently wanted the manager to apologize to his wife.Investigators say 41-year-old Timothy Dilday of Midway killed 50-year-old Harps Market manager Roger Swain of Mountain Home in Swain’s office at the store on Tuesday. Officials say Dilday then shot and killed himself.

Board clarifies ‘retirement’

October 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System board has adopted a policy to clarify what it means to retire.The board’s action comes while state lawmakers and retirement system officials examine cases of employees who retire — then return to work and receive both a pension and a salary.The policy says employees younger than age 65 who retire from public schools or universities and then return to work cannot have any employment agreements with their former employer before or during a required separation period.

Sentencing for Tony Alamo reset

October 7, 2009 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed a sentencing hearing for evangelist Tony Alamo, who was convicted on charges of taking young girls across state lines for sex.U.S. District Court Judge Harry F. Barnes reset Alamo’s sentencing for 9 a.m. Nov. 13. In a one-page order issued Tuesday, Barnes said an unexpected change in the trial docket required him to delay the hearing.A jury convicted Alamo on a 10-count indictment in July. Alamo faces a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.