APPLE accepting applications

August 28, 2009 Applications are now being accepted for the Accelerated Program of Personalized Learning and Enrichment (APPLE) Project Upward Bound — a federally sponsored TRiO program for high school students, grades 9-11.The APPLE Project serves young people who desire a college education but know they will require help with academic skills, study skills, personal guidance, career and financial counseling, and other factors important for preparing them for an education beyond high school. Eligibility for the program is based on financial need and family educational background.

Crawford announces bid for Congress

August 28, 2009 JONESBORO — Rick Crawford made official his intention to seek the First Congressional seat in the United States House of Representatives that is currently held by Marion Berry. Crawford, who is from Jonesboro, also outlined his legislative priorities for the many in attendance. “Today marks a new day in the First District,” Crawford said. “I am a small businessman, I own an agri-business and understand the challenges farmers face, and I am a military veteran who is better qualified to represent the First District of Arkansas than the incumbent.”

David Ball highlights TNT festival

August 28, 2009 NEWARK — David Ball, who earned a platinum record with sales of 1 million or more copies of his 1994 album and single of the same name, “Thinkin’ Problem,” highlights the musical performances at the upcoming Newark Times-N-Traditions celebration, festival coordinator Carol Slater said.Ball also had a big hit in 2002 with the single, “Riding With Private Malone,” which reached No. 2 on the charts.

One killed in rollover

August 28, 2009  Details are sketchy regarding the death of a 25-year-old Batesville woman who ran her Jeep off the roadway near the White River Bridge in the early morning hours Thursday.Melanie M. Brown was southbound across the Highway 167 viaduct just below Ramsey Mountain sometime in the early morning hours when the accident occurred, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Ronnie Qualls.“There was about an eight-hour time lapse from the last time someone talked with her and when she was found around 6:30 a.m.,” Qualls said.

Got the blues? Songs of the south lure people from afar

August 28, 2009 CLARKSDALE, Miss. — Whether Robert Leroy Johnson sold his soul to the devil is a true story or one for the fiction books, 71 years after the famed 27-year-old blues guitarist died the tale still brings music lovers to the place where great stories and even greater musicians are legendary. That thirst for “more” has put Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Miss., on the map.

Entergy now offers online information

August 27, 2009 Entergy Arkansas Inc. now offers online information showing why a customer’s bill amount may have changed compared with previous bills. The Bill Analyzer provides information related to the customer’s electric account. Available information ranges from simple statements to details of the customer’s usage, energy charges, fuel and other factors.

Stimulus checks went to prisoners

August 27, 2009 WASHINGTON — The federal government sent about 3,900 economic stimulus payments of $250 each this spring to people who were in no position to use the money to help stimulate the economy: prison inmates.The checks were part of the massive economic recovery package approved by Congress and President Barack Obama in February. About 52 million Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and those receiving Supplemental Security Income were eligible for the one-time checks.

Blanchard sets programs

August 27, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release. Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is water, and programs are:

Pharmacist meeting scheduled

August 27, 2009 The annual District 8 meeting of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Lyon College in Batesville.Christy Campbell, doctor of pharmacy, who is president of the district, will preside at the meeting.Principal speaker will be Dr. Jan Hastings of Benton, association president. Hastings is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy and will present the continuing education material during the meeting.

Allgood completes basic training at West Point

August 27, 2009 WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet William Allgood has completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy.Allgood entered West Point on June 29 and successfully completed seven weeks of training.The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets, according to a news release. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological and chemical training.