Civitan club to meet

September 28, 2009 The White River Valley Civitan Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.Civitan is a worldwide organization of community service clubs whose major emphasis is helping people with developmental disabilities.The meeting is open to anyone interested in joining the club. For more information call Nancy Roberts at (870) 698-6317.

Autumnfest announced

September 28, 2009 CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Calico Creek Autumnfest and 5K Run/Walk on Saturday.

Concord budgets top agenda

September 28, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 tonight in the high school media center to consider a proposed 2009-10 budget and a proposed 2009-10 special education budget, according to the agenda for the meeting.The directors will also set the date for its annual report to the public and will consider moving senior graduation to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus.Bids for tile in the Family, Career and Community kitchen will be opened.

Melbourne board to meet

September 28, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne School board has rescheduled tonight’s public meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the superintendent’s office. Superintendent Gerald Cooper said the move is so the board can have a day of training tonight. On the agenda, the board will consider hiring a part-time bus driver, a pay increase for substitute teachers and approval of its 2009-10 budget. “Due to growth,” the board will also consider adding one class to one teacher and three classes to another teacher at the high school, Cooper said.

Three die in weekend crashes

September 28, 2009 Seventy-four-year-old Genevieve J. Thomas of Horseshoe Bend was killed around 2:40 p.m. Friday when the 2003 Dodge she was in crossed into the path of an oncoming 2004 Chevrolet on U.S. Highway 62 near Salem.Arkansas State Police Trooper Brandon J. Cook said Thomas was traveling eastbound on U.S. 62 when she failed to negotiate a curve and drove into the oncoming lane and was hit by Scott A. Moody, 37, of Salem.Cook said Moody was taken to St. John’s Medical Center in Springfield, Mo., and Thomas’ body was taken to Barker Funeral Home in Salem.

Lawn mower accident kills 1

September 28, 2009 A 68-year-old Batesville man died at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital Saturday night following a lawn mowing accident, according to Independence County authorities.Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Stephens said Woodrow Treadway was mowing a lawn along the edge of a bluff on Denison Heights around 9:30 Saturday morning when his riding mower hit the edge of the bluff and he fell off. “Mr. Treadway landed approximately four feet down on a ledge,” Stephens said.

Early birds wait for lotto

September 28, 2009 CAVE CITY — Stepping up to the counter, Thomas Broughton couldn’t keep from smiling as he told the cashier what he wanted. “One of those, one of these and one of those,” he said, pointing to the case containing the multicolored tickets at Express Mart in Cave City.Sitting down at a nearby table, the 22-year-old found a coin and began scratching off the $5, $2 and $1 tickets, one at a time. “Did you win?” asked one excited employee.“Not yet,” said Broughton before picking up the next ticket.

HRA gets $1.4M

September 28, 2009 Health Resources of Arkansas is receiving almost $1.4 million in new grants for the 2010 fiscal year, which has already begun, Chief Executive Officer David Coleman told its board members Thursday.The new funds include a Delta State federal grant of $410,000 for health services, drug court state grants totaling $400,000, a federal Special Services Only Homeless grant of $170,448, a state grant of $133,192 for the Mills Assisted Living Center and a $270,000 state System of Care grant to provide services to children who are seriously emotionally disturbed.

12-year-old girl dies in hanging

September 28, 2009 ASH FLAT — A 12-year-old Sharp County girl is dead from an apparent hanging.Sheriff Dale Weaver said the incident happened Saturday around 2:04 p.m. when dispatch received a call of a possible deceased child at a residence on Highway 175 northeast of Hardy.Weaver said the caller told dispatch that his niece had just hung herself.