Desha reunion scheduled

August 31, 2009 DESHA — The Desha High School classes of 1950 and 1951 will have a reunion at 5 p.m. Saturday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The group will also meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville.For more information, contact Katie Hicks at (870) 793-6458 or at 185 Rosewood, Batesville, AR 72501; or Nona Jeffery at (870) 251-2891 or at 159 Park Road, Batesville, AR 72501.

Holocaust survivor to speak

August 31, 2009 POCAHONTAS — Black River Technical College will host Holocaust survivor Estelle (Wakszlak) Laughlin at the Randolph County Development Center in Pocahontas.She will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 and at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 22. The event is open to the public.For more information, call Dina Hufstedler at (870) 248-4000, ext. 4187Laughlin was born in Warsaw, Poland, on July 9, 1929 to Michla and Samek Wakszlak. She now lives in the Washington, D.C. area and is a volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Albert Sidney Johnston, UDC

August 31, 2009 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its August meeting at the Batesville Country Club. After a Dutch treat luncheon, the meeting was called to order by vice president Fran Haverstick in the absence of president Mary Miller.Secretary Judy Baker read the minutes, and Patti Emmons gave the treasurer’s report. Dues for the 2009-10 year are now payable.

Melbourne board meets tonight

August 31, 2009 MELBOURNE —The Melbourne School board will meet at 7 tonight in the administration building. Included on the agenda are teacher raises, resignations and employments and a vocational program update. 

Doggie pool party planned for Sept. 12 at Fitzhugh Park

August 31, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County with the support of the city of Batesville Parks and Recreation Department will present the second “Doggie” Pool Party fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Fitzhugh Park (also known as the “Mickey Mouse”) swimming pool, 1990 Harrison St. Dogs must be on leashes outside the pool area. Admission is a $5 donation or $10 for multiple dogs. Hot dogs and sodas will be available for purchase, as well.All donations go to support the humane society.

Alcohol tax lifts Jonesboro coffers

August 31, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Booze is giving a boost to city coffers in Jonesboro.Beginning in July, the city increased from 3 percent to 5 percent its tax on gross alcohol sales at private clubs.As a result, city officials say revenue to the city nearly doubled in July to more than $20,000. The city uses the money for alcohol law enforcement and education.So far this year, the alcohol tax paid by the city’s 20 clubs and restaurants has generated more than $109,000 for the city.

‘Raiders of Lost Arkansas’ to be presented Thursday

August 31, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Ian Beard will present “Sam Dellinger and the Raiders of the Lost Arkansas” at the Spring River Gem & Mineral Club meeting at 10 a.m.  Thursday, according to president Paul Grindol.Beard’s program is about prehistoric cultures of Arkansas, the artifacts they left behind and the efforts by Dellinger, an archaeologist with the University of Arkansas Museum in Fayetteville, to preserve this legacy.

Local health providers plan for upcoming flu season

August 31, 2009 A group of medical professionals from Independence County and Batesville met Thursday at White River Medical Center to discuss plans for dealing with the upcoming flu season.The series of meetings, roughly every six weeks, are set up to deal with the threat of a flu outbreak, that according to some medical agencies, could affect nearly half the nation’s population.

Social host arrest made

August 31, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man is facing charges after an underage person died in a weekend party, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Allen Kipfer, 24, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging him with social hosts-criminal liability (two counts). This law, enacted during the 2009 legislative session, provides that a person who exercises control over private property shall not knowingly allow a person under the age of 21 years to consume alcohol on the private property.

Cord woman keeps busy with civic, church, family

August 31, 2009 CORD — Don’t expect a little thing like a brown recluse bite to slow Iantha Anderson down. She’s way too busy to sit back while she’s recuperating. “It’s going to heal itself,” Anderson said with a shrug. That pretty much sums up her nonchalant attitude. Anderson doesn’t let much get to her, if she can help it. And she stays active — church, community, family, anything goes.