State to get $1.8M

September 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday that the state will get nearly $1.8 million from drugmaker Pfizer Inc. in settlements of two cases involving more than 40 states and — in one case — the federal government.

Lincoln opposes federal-funded insurance option

September 3, 2009 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln told a sometimes jeering crowd on Wednesday that she won’t support a government-funded insurance option as part of an overhaul of the nation’s health care system.Lincoln faced occasional shouting as she spoke before more than 800 people packed into an Arkansas Tech University arena Wednesday. At one point, an audience member referred to advisers to President Barack Obama as “communists.”

2 crashes in 1 day claim boy’s grandfathers in Pa.

September 3, 2009 JONESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy lost both his grandfathers on the same day in separate Pennsylvania car crashes, one of which the boy himself survived.The boy was with his 67-year-old paternal grandfather, John Kroh Sr., on Tuesday when their SUV was hit head-on by another vehicle.Kroh and another man died at the scene near Jonestown, but the boy survived. Police say the driver who hit them was drunk and will be charged with vehicular homicide.

Crime lab to investigate Desha man’s death

September 3, 2009 The body of a Desha man found dead in his home around noon Wednesday will be sent to the state crime lab to determine the cause of death, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Police say 68-year-old Jerry S. Blevins of 175 Lusk St. was found in his deathbed after a neighbor became concerned and sent a worker, Kalob West, to check on Blevins.West said that Blevins normally collected his mail every day, but he had not been seen in several days.

Police make traffic stop arrest, investigate theft

September 3, 2009 Police arrested a 21-year-old Gassville man early this morning after he allegedly admitted to urinating in the parking lot of a local fast food restaurant.Deputy Dustin Robbins said around 4:20 a.m. he got a report that a man had relieved himself in front of patrons at the eatery and the truck he was a passenger in had then gone north on St. Louis Street.Robbins said he found the truck and stopped it just north of the Miller Creek bridge where he talked with the four people inside the single cab truck.

Pageants part of ‘round-up’

September 3, 2009 EVENING SHADE — Prospective contestants are being invited to enter the Evening Shade Red, White & Blue Round-Up beauty pageants, which begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in Burt Reynolds Gymnasium, organizer Dianne Tharp said.Deadline to register is Tuesday.Since that is the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, a moment of silence will be held in memory of those who lost their lives in the attacks, Tharp said, and a song is also expected to be performed live in their memory.

Church to mark anniversary

September 3, 2009 MOOREFIELD — Moorefield United Methodist Church will celebrate its 159th anniversary Sunday.Worship will begin at 11 a.m. Fellowship and a potluck will follow in the Moorefield Community Building.

Ozarka accepting nursing apps

September 3, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College is now accepting applications from those wanting to enroll for the 2010 spring Licensed Practical Nursing program in Melbourne. Students may apply through Nov. 1 by logging on to and completing an online application for admission and selecting LPN as the program of study. To be eligible for the program, students must be currently enrolled at Ozarka College or have previously completed the required pre-requisites. Students must also take the TEAS and Wonderlic exams offered either on Nov. 9 or 10 at the Melbourne campus.

Newark children to raise money for ALS foundation

September 3, 2009 NEWARK — Newark Elementary School will sponsor the 2009 Wolf Walk for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) from Sept. 21 through Oct. 2, according to Verlinda Cullum, parent walk coordinator.

Bible classes to resume

September 3, 2009 The Joy of Living Ladies Bible Study will resume classes this fall. The class is a community-wide, interdenominational study open to all women.The first class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at West Baptist Church. The class will run for 11 weeks, meeting each Tuesday morning until Nov. 11.The study this year will be from “The Amazing Collection,” which is an overview of the entire Bible. Details may be found at care will be provided. For more information call (870) 307-1342 or (870) 698-0119.