Archive - Jun 21, 2013
TUCKER â€” Arkansas has a number of dogs behind bars, but they're not in the pound.
They're part of a program called Paws in Prison that pairs pooches with prisoners for obedience training.
The program works with animal shelters and rescue groups across the state to set up training for the dogs, including some that were at risk of being euthanized. Convicts in six state prisons then teach the dogs to sit, stay and sometimes dramatically play dead â€” all before the pets are adopted by people across the country.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansas' unemployment rate rose slightly in May.
The state Department of Workforce Service reported Friday that the jobless rate increased from 7.2 percent in April to 7.3 percent in May. The department said that although there were 600 more jobs in the state in May â€” there were 2,400 more people looking for work.
Carl Douglas Thompson, 65, of Haskell, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013.Â He was born September 9, 1947 in Bauxite.Â Mr. Thompson retired from the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department and was a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church.Â
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Thompson and a brother, William Dwight Thompson.
He is survived by his wife, Paula Lynn Thompson; mother, Esther Thompson; brother, James Larry Thompson and nieces, Viola Thompson Hobby, Carrie Thompson and Donna Riffe.
Louise Howard, 73, of Alexander went to be with her Lord on June 19, 2013, with her family by her side.
Louise retired from St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center after 25 years of service. She loved to spend time with her family and her dog, Mandy. Louise was a great cook and you never left her house hungry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Bernice Leopard; her brothers, Wayne, Earl Jr. and Jule; and one sister, Betty.Â
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Harvey Howard Sr.. who loved her and will miss her dearly.
Sharon Ann Skinner, 65, while resting in her home on Lake Norrell and surrounded by her loved ones, was gently embraced by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and welcomed into the Kingdom of God at 7:20 a.m. on June 19, 2013.Â
Sharon was born on Feb. 12, 1948, in Little Rock to her parents, Robbie Wilba Sawyer and Vera Virginia Barnhart.
Charlotte Dean Barnette Low, 25 of Colusa, Calif., passed away June 16, 2013.
She was born July 7, 1987, in Greenville, Miss., to Johnny and Joy Barnette of Arbuckle, Calif.
Charlotte was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a homemaker who loved her children dearly and enjoyed taking care of her family. She had earned am associate degree in early childhood education and was working toward becoming an elementary school teacher.