Ark. Nat’l Guard ignores $65k in soldier-aid fund

August 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK(AP) — A fund set up at the direction of state lawmakers in 2005 to receive donations from taxpayers for soldiers and their families has gone largely ignored by the Arkansas National Guard, despite a $65,000 balance.The law setting up the Military Relief Trust Fund designated the Arkansas National Guard as the agency in charge of distributing the money gathered from people who checked off a box on their income tax returns authorizing the state to put $1 of their money into the fund.

Man shares garden’s bounty

August 24, 2009 COTTER (AP) — Keith Curley of Cotter grows 40 heads of cabbage every spring, and he doesn’t even like cabbage.“I give every one away,” he said.Cabbage isn’t the only thing Curley, 75, gives away. He is famous in Cotter for his immaculate and beautiful garden and for sharing his produce and canned goods with friends. Hundreds of jars of canned tomatoes, salsa, pickles, beets, eggplant, carrots, beans and potatoes are lined up neatly on shelves in his home. He even cans pork.

Jonesboro group to hold Walk of Remembrance

August 24, 2009 JONESBORO — ShareHope, a program of NEA Clinic Charitable Foundation, will host the Walk of Remembrance and Hope Oct. 3 at Craighead Forest Park — Access 6 (Fort Rotary). Pre-registration is $20 and available online at www.neacfoundation.org. Day of event registration is $25 and begins at 9 a.m. A welcome and balloon release will begin at 10, followed by the walk at 10:30. Registration fee includes a T-shirt, and anyone may participant as an individual, family/team, or angel in the crowd (not attending).

Praise in the Park scheduled

August 24, 2009 The Anointed Ones will host a Back to School Praise in the Park event from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Riverside Park amphitheater.Friendship Baptist Church, Impact, First Assembly of God in Cave City, Soul Harbor and other churches will take part in the event. There will be prize giveaways for college and high school students.Vendors are needed. Any church that is interested in taking part may call (870) 384-0014.

Great Arkansas Cleanup set

August 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Each year, thousands of Arkansans volunteer to pick up litter along the state’s roadways and waterways during Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s Great Arkansas Cleanup in an effort to improve the appearance and environmental quality of their communities. This year’s fall litter-pickup campaign will run Sept. 12-Oct. 31.

Ark. Game and Fish workers to get back OT pay

August 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department says the state of Arkansas will pay more than $130,000 in back overtime wages for 161 wildlife officers.The Labor Department says an investigation found that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission failed to pay its employees for all hours worked, including overtime. The agency says some employees weren’t paid for work done at home — such as answering telephone calls and finishing computer assignments.

Ark. Arts Center to announce Egypt exhibit details

August 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Arts Center says artifacts from 3,000 years of Egyptian history will be coming to the institution next month.The arts center said in a news release that it plans to announce details of the exhibit, called “World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed,” at a news conference Monday.The release said the exhibit will open Sept. 25 at the arts center in Little Rock’s MacArthur Park. According to the release, the exhibit will tell the story not just of how the Egyptians died, but of how they lived.

Man dies in motorcycle crash

August 24, 2009 A Vilonia man was killed and his passenger injured after their 2004 Suzuki motorcycle ran off the road and struck a highway sign just outside of Mountain View Saturday.According to Arkansas State Police Cpl. Bill Ditto, John R. Walden, 60, and his passenger, 51-year-old Alice Walden, were traveling north on Highway 5 around noon when he lost control of the bike and went off the north side of the roadway and overturned.“The vehicle slid 36 feet and struck a road sign,” Ditto said. “Both driver and passenger were wearing helmets.”

BHS open house is tonight

August 24, 2009 Batesville High School will hold its open house and annual report to the public beginning at 6 tonight. “Some of our goals of open house and our annual report to the public are to provide an overview of the activities your child will experience, to discuss important upcoming events, provide opportunities for you to visit with instructors, review test scores and data, tour our campus, review policies and answer questions you may have concerning expectations of student performance,” high school Principal David Campbell said.