Archive - May 2013
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.
Sarah Loraine Wilson, 58, of Benton passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013. Sarah was born Feb. 5, 1955, in Little Rock to the late John Archie Lee and Alberta (Shenault) Wilson.
She is survived by siblings Earl Wilson, Mary McAfee, Chester Wilson, and Lily Wilson, and nephew Jerry C. Wilson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Arkansas Funeral Care, located at 2620 W. Main St. in Jacksonville.
Online guest book: www.arkansasfuneralcare.com.
The annual Bauxite Reunion will be Saturday at Bauxite Community Hall.
Registration for the event will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m.
Featured speaker at Saturdayâ€™s event will be Ragon Don Kinney Sr., a 1960 graduate of Bauxite High School.
Shepard said Saturday's program will conclude with Wilson DuVall, a 1958 Bauxite High School graduate, singing, â€śProud to Be an American.â€ť
While the reunion is traditionally attended by people with ties to Bauxite, anyone is welcome to attend the event, Shepard said.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. â€” Arkansas Medicaid officials say the state will submit its request to use federal money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents by August.
Department of Human Services Director John Selig told lawmakers Thursday that the state would draft its waiver next month for the "private option" that lawmakers approved as an alternative to Medicaid expansion. Selig said the state planned to submit the waiver to the federal government in August and hoped to get approval by October.