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  VOLUME 130 NUMBER 12                                                        PERRYVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009                                               THIRTY PAGES                      75 CENTS

Yard Sale
   TOPS 576 Perryville
Chapter will be having an in-
side yard sale on Saturday,
June 6, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
in The Connection Center at
Perryville United Methodist
Church. There will be some-
thing for everyone.

   Nimrod Homecoming will
take place Sunday, June 7, at
the community building.
Everyone is asked to bring
lawn chairs and come early.
Potluck lunch will be served
at noon.                                 YEARS OF WORK by county officials, concerned citizens, architects, and lawyers culminated Wednesday morning, May 27, with a groundbreaking ceremony
                                      at the site of the proposed Perry County Detention Center. Participating in the groundbreaking are Chris Michaels, attorney for the county; Michael Lester, owner
                                      of Noacon, contractor for building the detention center; Charlie Foster of Taggart-Foster Architects; County Judge Baylor House; Sheriff Scott Montgomery; Jus-
Cousins Day                           tice of the Peace Bill Doughty, District 7; Wanda Smith, Jail Committee member and former justice of the peace for District 2; JP Charlie Clements, District 6; True
   Doughty Cousins Day will           Robinson, former county judge; JP Jimmy Ray Evans, District 9, Jail Committee; and Harrison Jones, Jail Committee member and former justice of the peace for
be June 13 at Harmony Bap-            District 5.
tist Church. It will start at 11
a.m. with potluck dinner at
noon. All Doughty family
and friends are welcome.
                                      Businessman charged with
Lee Reunion
   The annual Lee Family
Reunion will be held Satur-
day, June 6, beginning at 9
                                      keeping gambling house
a.m. at pavilion 4 on the                A Conway County business-         the Chuck E. Cheese law, the          now lottery.” He added,
south end of Toad Suck Park           man was charged last week in         sheriff said.                         “When we get a complaint
in Perry County. There will           Conway County Circuit Court             Several years ago a law was        about businesses with these
be food, fun and fellowship.          with two counts of keeping a         passed that provided for ma-          type machines paying out cash
Bring photographs and                 gambling house, a class D            chines of this type to be used in     we are going to go after them.”
games and spend the day.              felony. Sheriff Mike Smith said      the restaurant for kids to play for      The sheriff indicated the
                                      Donald L. Shamsie, 45, owner         tokens or tickets that could be       April raid came after informa-
Day Service                           of D.J.’s Convenience Store, lo-
                                      cated south of the Arkansas
                                                                           trade-in for “novelty” items
                                                                           such as “teddy bears.”
                                                                                                                 tion was developed through a
                                                                                                                 confidential informer about              LYNLEE HOLLAND, Alice Spires, and Garrett Young
   The Perry County Day                                                                                                                                 catch a few minutes to visit.
Service Center Inc. Board of          River Bridge on Highway 9, and          Businesses operating under         activities in both businesses.
                                      the Blackwell Truck Stop, locat-     that umbrella in Arkansas,
Directors will meet for its
regular monthly meeting               ed north of the Interstate 40        known as the Chuck E. Cheese                                                                                   Perry County
                                      Blackwell interchange, has been      law, can award prizes valued at
Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m.
                                      served with the warrant. Both        no more than $12.50.                                                                                           Nursing Center
The center is located at 115
S. Pine St., Perryville. The          businesses were shut down for
                                      about two hours April 1 while
                                                                              If the tickets, prizes, or total
                                                                           points a player wins by playing
                                                                                                                     $125,000 goal set for                                                has open house
public is invited to attend.
                                      officers confiscated a total of 10
                                      video game machines, cash reg-
                                                                           the machines is exchanged for
                                                                           anything other than a novelty
                                                                           item, such as cash or other mer-
                                                                                                                    Sacred Heart’s bazaar                                                    Friends and family of the
                                                                                                                                                                                          staff and residents of Perry
                                      isters and hard drives from sur-                                             Special to Headlight               2-door hardtop with 4-speed
                                      veillance equipment.                 chandise the business may sell,           A net goal of $125,000 has       transmission and a lifetime         County Nursing and Rehabilita-
                                         Shamsie was arrested and          the owner is at risk of being ar-       been set for the annual Sacred     Powertrain warranty and             tion Center attended an open
                                      later released on his own recog-     rested and charged with operat-         Heart School Bazaar, which         other extras, and a red tao-        house Sundy at the center.
                                      nizance.                             ing a gaming device or gam-                                                                                       There was visiting, some

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                                                                                                                   will be held on the school’s       taao Yough 4-wheeler.
                                         The sheriff said there are sev-   bling house.                            parking lot in downtown               Handicap parking is avail-       took photographs, and tours
                                      eral locations in Conway Coun-          Prosecuting Attorney Tom             Morrilton June 5 and 6. Fri-       able on the church parking          were given of the newly reno-

       a n te d !
                                      ty that have these type of ma-       Tatum said “We have provisions          day’s time is from 6 p.m. to       lot behind the stands. Follow       vated facility. Refreshments
                                      chines. The owners operate the       in Arkansas for bingo, a dog                                                                                   were served and balloons given
      W                               machines under the umbrella of       track and a horse race track and
                                                                                                                   11 p.m. and Saturday from 5
                                                                                                                   to midnight.
                                                                                                                      The family style dinner of
                                                                                                                                                         The silent auction offers a
                                                                                                                                                      large selection of items do-
                                                                                                                                                                                          away to mark the festivities.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Perry County Nursing Center
                                                                                                                   spaghetti/sausage and turkey       nated by local and surround-        has served the area for 38 years.
                                                                                                                   and dressing with all the          ing area businesses, mer-              Anyone wishing to tour the
                                      Byrd, Surrett complete                                                       trimmings, including bread
                                                                                                                   and pies, will be served in the
                                                                                                                                                      chants and individuals.
                                                                                                                                                         The bazaar committee ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                          facility may call 889-2400 or
                                                                                                                                                                                          drop by between 8 a.m. and 4
                                                                                                                   gym from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Wanted: two                           crime scene training                                                         Tickets are $12 for adults,
                                                                                                                   children 4-12 $6, and 3 and
                                                                                                                                                      tends a very special thank
                                                                                                                                                      you to all of the donors for
                                                                                                                                                      their generosity and contin-
men for dinner                           Sheriff Scott Montgomery re-      These consisted of the three in-        under accompanied by an
                                                                                                                   adult can eat free.
                                                                                                                                                      ued support of the bazaar.
                                      ports that the department’s crim-    structors.                                                                    Some of the items on the
theater parts                         inal division has received addi-        The instructors were John               Boxed dinner delivery is
                                                                                                                   available in Morrilton only,
                                                                                                                                                      silent auction this year are:
                                                                                                                                                         Two American Idol Tour
   The Perry County Arts              tional training. Investigators       Hout, lead instructor, assisted by
                                      Mike Surrett and Ray L. Byrd         Hugh Finkelstien, both from the         from 4 to 6:30 p.m., by call-      concert tickets at Little
League will present a dinner                                                                                       ing 354-8113.                      Rock; outdoor stainless steel
theater mystery production in         have just completed a 14-hour        6th Judicial District Prosecuting
                                      block of instruction on crime        Attorney’s Office; and David J.            Pick up dinners are avail-      smoker and steamer; Cardi-
The Connection Center of Per-                                                                                      able at the school office on       nal v. Cubs baseball tickets;
ryville United Methodist Church       scene courtroom testimony at         Sachar, deputy executive direc-
                                      the Criminal Justice Institute in    tor of the Arkansas Judicial Dis-       North St. Joseph Street. Call:     stainless steel grill tool set;
on Saturday, Aug. 1.                                                                                               354-8113.                          day passes to Silver Dollar
   The league is looking for two      Little Rock.                         cipline and Disability Commis-
                                         There were 15 officers en-        sion.                                      Food, bingo, pull tabs,         City; Paula Deen cooking
highly intelligent and extremely                                                                                   games, silent auction, coun-       bowls and utensils; one night
good looking men between the          rolled in the class. Each officer       The course was provided and
                                      was trained on topics of ele-        credited by the University of           try store, cake stand, ham and     stay at Tanyard Springs; six-
ages of 23 and 40, who live in                                                                                     bacon, mechanical bull, Kid-       month individual fitness
the county, for two acting parts      ments of a good witness, physi-      Arkansas Criminal Justice Insti-
                                      cal and demonstrative evidence,      tute. Officers can receive col-         die Land, including bounce         membership; spa treatment;
in the play - one flamboyant and                                                                                   houses, card game, face            Wii game system; speakers;
one detective.                        ethics as an expert witness, ex-     lege credits toward a degree if
                                      pert technical testimony, and        enrolled in the program. This           painting, and dime toss are        children’s outside bench;
   The next script rewarding                                                                                       just a few of the activities       Coach purse; large floor urn;
will be June 11 at the Laywell        contents of a case file.             course is also credited by the
                                         The class divided into three      Arkansas Law Enforcement                available along with numer-        vases; handmade wrought
home in Perryville.                                                                                                ous concession items and           iron love-seats; Mossy Oak
   For more information contact       teams and each was given a           Standards and Training.
                                      mock crime scene to process.            Each officer was required to         cold drinks.                       Treestand design jacket;
Dona Laywell, 889-5336.                                                                                               Mass will be held at 4 p.m.     laser facial peel; Oral B elec-
                                      The students were tasked to          pass a written exam at the end of
                                      identify and collect evidence        the course. Both Surrett and            Saturday.                          tric toothbrush; handmade
                                      from those scenes. Each team         Byrd handily passed that re-               Drawings for numerous           afghans; sunglasses; lumber;
                                      was required to introduce their      quirement.                              prizes will be conducted Sat-      dance classes; gift baskets;
Music on the                          evidence before a court and tes-
                                      tify to its relevancies. A mock
                                                                              Sheriff Montgomery ensures
                                                                           the continuation of training pro-
                                                                                                                   urday night, including a
                                                                                                                   2009 Dodge Challenger SE,
                                                                                                                                                      jewelry; and numerous other
                                                                                                                                                      gift items.
Square resets                         court was set up with a prosecu-
                                      tor, defense attorney, and judge.
                                                                           grams during his administration.
                                                                                                                                                                                            KENDALL CRONKHITE
                                                                                                                                                                                          enjoys the refreshments and
yard sale/flea                                                                                                                                                                            balloons at the open house.

market, music                         Gipson, Leger to attend state EH Council
    Music on the Square is plan-
ning its monthly downtown
event for Saturday, June 13.             “TEAM — Together Every-           Springs Civic and Convention          than 600 members from                mental and Occupational Health
    The giant flea market, pickin’    one Accomplishes More” will          Center.                               throughout the state, their guests   of the UAMS College of Public
and grinnin’ music fest will take     be the theme for the annual            Alma Gipson and Peggy               and University of Arkansas Co-       Health at Little Rock, will speak
                                      Arkansas Extension Homemak-          Leger, members of Perry Coun-         operative Extension Service          to the conference at noon June
place around the square. A vari-      ers Council meeting scheduled                                                                                   9.
                                                                           ty Extension Homemakers               personnel who will gather for
ety of entertainers will perform      June 9 through 11 at the Hot         Clubs, will be among the more         the event, which showcases the           Participants must be at least
music all day. It will feature                                                                                   accomplishments of the 6,500         18 years of age and will be
local talent, country, gospel, and                                                                               members.                             asked to provide a saliva sample
bluegrass. All county musicians
and singers are invited to come
and join in the fun.
                                           Two-mile run/walk                                                        Gov. Mike Beebe will be the
                                                                                                                 keynote speaker at the opening
                                                                                                                                                      (for DNA extraction), answer a
                                                                                                                                                      short questionnaire and indicate
                                                                                                                 luncheon                             if they are willing to be re-con-
    Food and fun will be the
order of the day. Booth rental is
                                        Saturday at the City Park                                                   Conference attendees will
                                                                                                                 have the opportunity to partici-
                                                                                                                                                      tacted for follow-up studies.
                                                                                                                                                          The DNA samples and an-
still available. The flea market/          Step-By-Step is holding a two-mile run/walk and Tiny                  pate in “Spit for the Cure,” a re-   swers from the questionnaire
yard sale begins at 8 a.m. and          Trot at Perryville City Park on Saturday, June 6. Race day               search study conducted at the        will be used to create a bank of
closes at 5 p.m.                        registration and packet pick up will be from 7 to 8:10 a.m. at           Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer       information for future studies.
    This event, like so many oth-       the park. You can also preregister at Step By Step in Perry.             Institute at the University of       Each participant’s identity will
ers sponsored by the Music on              The cost of the races is $20 for the two-mile and $5 for the          Arkansas for Medical Sciences        be protected through the use of a
the Square Committee, benefits          Tiny Trot.                                                               at Little Rock.                      unique ID.
the people in the county who are           The two-mile run/walk starts at 8:30 and the Tiny Trot                   The project was launched              Researchers will be allowed
in need such as a burnout or ill-       will follow.                                                             during the events associated         to access the samples and data
ness in the family, where the              If you are interested in helping at the race or being in the          with the 2007 Susan G. Komen         linked by the unique ID in order
family is stressed for funds. It is     race, call Step-By-Step, 662-4804, for more information.                 Arkansas Race for the Cure at        to continue to address specific       JERRY STRASSLE shows
    (See SQUARE, Page 8P)                                                                                        Little Rock. Dr. Kristina Bon-       questions related to the factors
                                                                                                                                                          (See COUNCIL, Page 8P)          his new T-shirt to his sister
                                                                                                                 durant, study director-Environ-
                                                                                                                                                                                          Johnnie Harlan.


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