May 28th, 2013
Benton and Bryant fire departments are going head-to-head for a blood-drive competition.
The winner will be the agency that recruits the most volunteer blood donors in a blood drawing Friday.
The American Red Cross will be taking donations from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bryant Fire Department training room, 312 Roya Lane in Bryant.
The challenge is part of the agencies' participation in the American Red Cross "Battle of the Badges: Law Enforcement vs. Fire Department" program.
Appointments to give blood for the event may be made at www.redcrossblood.org. The sponsor code is FireDeptBryant.
I was looking at old-school baseball cards one day online and as the St. Louis Cardinals are saved in my searches, I came across some cards of a former Cardinal I had never heard about. And being a huge Cardinal and history fan (I used to be a history major), I was a little disappointed in myself that I didn't know who Dick Hughes was and how huge he was for the Cardinals 1967 world series team, which St. Louis won over the Boston Red Sox in seven games. That and the fact Hughes was born in Stephens, Ark.
November 21, 2012. I remember it like yesterday. I arrived at work earlier than normal to get the paper finished due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I came in, checked my email, greeted everyone that arrived after me and then the boss walked out.
"There was a bad car wreck last night on Spring Hill," he said. Curious like always I said "what happened?" "I'm not really sure," he said, "but a Benton teenager was killed."
My heart sank.
JONESBORO â€” Dr. Harold Copenhaver didn't know what to expect when he auditioned for the Army Air Force Band.
"I knew I'd be drafted, and music was what I loved. So I thought this may be a good opportunity," said Copenhaver, who was 20 at the time.
He passed the audition and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in April 1942, beginning a career in the military music program that would last more than two decades.
Americans planned to gather at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day, at a time when combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindles.
President Barack Obama was expected to lay a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington. Earlier in the morning, he and first lady Michelle Obama planned to host a breakfast at the White House with "Gold Star" families of service members who have been killed.
FORT SMITH â€” When Southside High School graduate and former Fort Smith resident Greg Karber saw and heard what he calls "a social ill," he was appalled. So he grabbed his cell phone, hopped into his car and dove into film-making action.
MORRILTON â€” The US Geological Survey says small earthquakes continue to occur in an area near Morrilton â€” about 50 miles west of Little Rock.
The USGS reports two, 2.3 magnitude quakes in the area about nine miles northeast of Morrilton. One was recorded at 8:20 p.m. Saturday and the other at 3:10 a.m. Sunday. The quakes are among about three dozen recorded in the area in recent weeks â€” including a 3.4 magnitude tremor early Friday.
No injuries have been reported.
SAN FRANCISCO â€” Netflix is hoping this weekend's release of the resurrected TV series "Arrested Development" will draw more subscribers to its Internet video service.
The award-winning show about the dysfunctional Bluth family returns Sunday, seven years after Fox cancelled the series. The revival coincides with Netflix's own resounding comeback from a customer backlash over price increases and shareholders' worries about rising expenses. The adversity had raised doubts about the company's management and future.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. â€” Health officials have issued an ozone advisory for residents in three counties in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Shelby County Health Department is warning that ozone levels are going to be higher than normal Saturday in the Memphis metropolitan area due to stagnant conditions, increased temperatures and decreased winds.
The advisory affects residents of Crittenden County, Ark., DeSoto County, Miss., and Shelby County, Tenn.
The Benton Police Department is asking for the publicâ€™s help in locating a missing person.
Richard Gilliam, 61, was last seen leaving for work on Friday, May 17 and has not been seen or heard from since, according to police.
Gilliam is a white man with brown hair and a gray and brown beard.
He is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 pounds.
Authorities say Gilliamâ€™s vehicle was found unoccupied recently in Little Rock, but at this time there is no reason to suspect foul play.