Prostate screenings held

September 11, 2009 A total of 293 men took advantage of the annual Free Prostate Cancer Screening offered by White River Medical Center and Dr. John Allgood, Dr. Hunter Brown and Dr. Rob Emery on Sept. 8 as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Greers Ferry cleanup scheduled

September 11, 2009 GREERS FERRY — The 40th annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, according to Carl Garner, who as resident engineer began the cleanup in 1970.Participants may come with or without boats between 7 and 8 a.m. to reporting stations at commercial marinas on the lake or the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery and Trout Docks on the river. Life preservers will be needed.

Grand opening scheduled

September 11, 2009 Anytime Fitness will hold a “grand opening bash” from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday with barbecue, drawings, music and giveaways.The Mayz End band will play at 6. Fox Creek BBQ will offer concessions.Anytime Fitness is located at 3050 Harrison St. in Batesville. It may be reached at (870) 793-2700.

Luke 4:18 to pump gas

September 11, 2009 Luke 4:18 Lives will be doing a “grand opening” for the Cushman gas station from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, with the ladies washing windshields, pumping gas, etc., according to director Kristal Reeves.This will be similar to the one at Strawberry, as that event was a success, Reeves said.Luke 4:18 is a ministry for women with addictions. For more information, visit

Swine flu vaccine expected in state in October

September 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state Health Department official says the first doses of the swine flu vaccine are to arrive in Arkansas in late October.Infectious disease branch chief Dr. James Phillips says the state is expecting 400,000 to 450,000 doses. He says a second vaccine shipment is expected three to four weeks after the first.Priority for the vaccine is pregnant women, parents and caregivers of infants under 6 months old, people between the ages of 5 and 24, health care workers and anyone considered to be at significant risk.

Date marked with mourning

September 11, 2009 NEW YORK — Mourners collected under umbrellas and a dreary sky today to mark the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with old rituals and a new purpose — honoring the spirit of those who rushed forward to help.Skies were gray in New York City, at the Pentagon in Washington and at a crash site in a Pennsylvania field, where now-familiar ceremonies honored the nearly 3,000 people who were lost. Today was also the first time the anniversary was observed as a national day of service, following an order signed this year by President Barack Obama.

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.