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Friday, January 05, 2007

EVENTS>>Winter 2007

The Lonoke County Extension office has planned an AG Day Program beginning at 8 a.m. Monday which concludes with a complimentary lunch at noon. This meeting will be held at the Lonoke Agricultural Center on Highway 70 just east of Lonoke.
The meeting is open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and those who need special assistance in order to attend this meeting should call ahead.
Topics for this year’s program include soybeans and rice insects, Asian Rust and soybean diseases, rice and soybean weed control, salinity solutions for soybeans and rice, rice disease update, and water management for rice and soybeans.
This is an excellent opportunity for Lonoke county producers. For additional information, contact the County Extension Office at 501-676-3124.

Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC) will begin accepting applications for the Winter Home Energy Assistance Program Monday. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. The eligible household must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to month of application. Other eligibility guidelines will include residency and resource guidelines. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients.
To apply for assistance the household should bring a copy of the current utility bill, social security numbers, and date of birth for all household members. Failure to provide verification requested may result in delay or denial of services. For more information call the Lonoke County CADC agency. Also, those living in the Jacksonville area may apply in Jacksonville. Applications will be accepted Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon at 117 S.E. Front Street in Lonoke. Contact Mary Abshure at 501-676-0019 for information.

The Lonoke County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Cabot City Annex. New officers will be elected. For more information, contact Janet Hutton at 941-1994.

Autism and Developmental Disabilities Support of Searcy, a chapter of The Arkansas Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Inc., will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Simmons First Bank on Main Street in Searcy. Anyone who has a child or knows a child with developmental disabilities is invited to attend.
For more information contact Suzanne Modlin at 593-5399 or send an email to aaddsos@gmail.com.

Jacksonville’s Community Development and Consumer Credit Counseling Service is sponsoring “The Nuts and Bolts of Home Buying,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 11 and 16 at the Jacksonville Community Center.
The three-part class offers information to first-time and potential homebuyers interested in buying a home for the first time.
Upon completion of the classes, a certificate will be issued to qualified participants. The certificate will be valid for one year and can be used when purchasing a home anywhere in Arkansas.
Attendance is required at all three sessions to qualify for assistance.
For more information or to register for the class, contact Vicky Reeves at 501-982-0026.

Young cancer survivors preparing for higher education may be eligible for scholarships from the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. For the fourth consecutive year, the Society will award $1,000 scholarships to eligible individuals who have fought cancer and are attending an accredited university, college or vocational/technical school.
To be eligible, applicants must be under 25, have had a cancer diagnosis before age 21 and be a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Floyd or Clark counties in Indiana and a United States citizen. Candidates must also have a GPA of at least 2.5 and been accepted to an accredited school.
Applications are due by February 1, 2007. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, leadership, academic achievement and community service. For more information on the scholarship program or to obtain an application, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, CASA of Lonoke County, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization committed to serving abused and neglected children in Lonoke County will hold its first training class for 2007 in late January.
CASA workers are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens, no special legal background is required. Volunteers must be 21 years of age and are closely screened for objectivity, competence and commitment. Each volunteer must have a criminal background check, a child abuse central registry screening, complete an orientation and a 30-hour training program. Additionally, each volunteer must be willing to commit to at least one year of service and continued education training throughout their CASA assignment.
An application package must be submitted prior to training. For more information on CASA or to participate in the upcoming CASA volunteer training, contact Delyce Palik at (501) 676-6533 or by email at casa23@sbcglobal.net.

The Jacksonville Chapter No. 1597 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will host its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Bar-B-Que Shack, 1000 S. Hwy. 61 in Jacksonville.
The installation of officers will be held. District 2 Vice-President Robert Kumpe will be the special guest.

Election of officers for the Lonoke County Fair board will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Ag Head House directly behind the Lonoke County Agriculture Center, Hwy. 70 east of Lonoke.
Anyone interested in the county fair is welcome to attend.
For more information, contact James Smith, board president, at 843-3477.