Things that go bump in the night ought not to live in your attic

July 31, 2009 When we bought our place in the Ozark National Forest nine years ago, the house had stood vacant for nearly two years. It had been in fairly poor repair even before it was vacant, with large cracks and gaps everywhere — under the eaves, in the stonework foundation, around the plumbing where it entered the house from the crawl space, around several of the windows.

STAR students score ribbons, money at fair

July 31, 2009 By Andrea BrunerAssistant Managing EditorStudents in the Batesville STAR (Summer To Always Remember) program were also “stars” of the Independence County Fair last week, as several brought home blue ribbons — not to mention premium point money.Matt Lloyd said the fair started a “school day” this year, and not only did the Batesville STAR take a large group of children to attend but they also entered a number of projects, including stained glass, screen art, woven potholders, bracelets/jewelry, models of the solar system and more.

WRMC hosts MASH program for area students

July 31, 2009 White River Medical Center is one of 28 hospitals hosting the MASH (Medical Application of Science for Health) program this summer, according to a news release.WRMC and sponsoring partners offer the two-week medical career camp for high school students interested in pursuing a health care career. During the program, students become Heart-saver CPR certified, complete first aid training and learn the importance of healthy and safe lifestyle choices. Lectures, lab and clinical instruction enforce the connection between basic sciences and medical diagnosis and treatment.

Teen driving restrictions start today in Arkansas

July 31, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Today’s start of restrictions on teenage driving is expected to reduce fatal crashes involving young drivers, but it will take years for the law to fully go into effect.The new law will make driving off limits between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. for drivers ages 16 and 17 and will limit them to having no more than one passenger who is not a relative. The law bans using mobile phones for drivers under 18, and drivers ages 18 to 21 will be limited to hands-free devices.Texting while behind the wheel is banned for all drivers regardless of age.

AARP executive meeting set

July 31, 2009 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex. The topic is going to be the health care bill that is currently pending in Congress.Members are encouraged to be in the White River Water Carnival parade and should meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Town Plaza.This event is open to board members and AARP members.

Cave City native opens Modern Woodmen office

July 31, 2009 CAVE CITY — Richard Hawkins II has announced the opening of a Modern Woodmen of America office at 117 E. Center St., Suite F., Cave City. “A life-long resident of the Cave City area,” Hawkins said he is looking forward to working with area residents by providing health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, 401K rollovers, annuities, IRAs and CDs.

Area Brief

July 31, 2009 Pool party rescheduledThe Batesville Junior High seventh-grade back-to-school pool party has been rescheduled for Monday morning at the “Mickey Mouse” municipal pool on Harrison Street in Batesville. The party will be from 8-10 a.m.

Weather alert sirens to go silent

July 31, 2009 The county’s outdated weather alert sirens are to be replaced with a new program called AlertXpress, according to Glen Willis, director of the county’s Independence County Office of Emergency Management.AlertXpress will allow any household in the county, or person with a cell phone, to get a call when a variety of dangers develop, Willis said.

Woman awarded I.O.O.F. funding

July 31, 2009 JAMESTOWN — For the second year in a row, non-traditional student Zelda Epperson-May has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship through the Jamestown International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 352, Noble Grand Master Vernon Inman said.The scholarship was announced Saturday at the lodge, which meets in the old Jamestown School building.Epperson-May is working toward a master’s of science in nursing anesthesia degree at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Teens return from ‘trip of their lives’

July 31, 2009 JAMESTOWN — Southside senior-to-be Tim Sturch just got back from “the trip of a lifetime.”Sturch and five others were the first Arkansas students in 32 years to go on the International Order of Odd Fellows pilgrimage to the United Nations. The I.O.O.F. is the only organization in the world authorized to sponsor trips to the U.N.