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Ark. fire officials say container mislabeled

Firefighters from Searcy and Kensett responded Thursday morning after the container's valve was reported broken at Superior Well Services. Searcy Assistant Fire Chief Doug Baker says the leak created a cloud of dangerous fumes but the wind dissipated it. Homes in the vicinity were evacuated.

Searcy Battalion Chief Carl Raia told the Searcy Daily Citizen the container was mislabeled as methyl alcohol, but tests strips applied to the chemical determined it wasn't alcohol.

Building owner Robert Underwood didn't return calls seeking comment about the leak.

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson Cecily Pond-Mayo says a report on the leak has been requested from Superior Well Services.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Daily Incident report log Nov. 10-11

On 11/10/10 at 2:11 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 500 block of N. Cross regarding a domestic disturbance.

On 11/10/10 at 9:47 a.m., the Searcy Police Department took an informational report at the 200 block of Aztec.

On 11/10/10 at 10:50 a.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of theft of services at the 3500 block of E. Race.

On 11/10/10 at 11:19 a.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of theft of property.

On 11/10/10 at 2:30 p.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 1600 block of E. Booth regarding a fraudulent money order.

On 11/10/10 at 4:02 p.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 500 block of N.

Food Drive to benefit White Co. seniors

The White County Aging Program (Meals on Wheels) will be hosting a Food Drive to benefit Senior Citizens of White County. The event will be held on Friday December 3rd from 3-6pm and Saturday December 4th from 10am - 3 pm.

Non perishable food purchased from ANY store will be accepted. For more information, please contact Scott Smith of White County Aging at 501-268-2587 or email him at scottsmith.wcap@gmail.com

(Source: White County Aging Program)

Adopt a Senior in Searcy

The White County Aging Program is sponsoring an Adopt-A-Senior program. Between November 1 and Dec. 20, come to the John Lightle Center 2200 East Moore Ave Searcy Arkansas ( 501 268-2587). Pick up a wish list from for a Senior and purchase what you can return the gift to our center and we will deliver it or take it to the Senior yourself. This is kinda like the Angel tree program but it is for our Senior Citizens of White County our Meals on Wheels Clients fill out the wish list, our Congregate Clients fill them out, our Volunteers also. When they fill out a wish list it comes to me and folks come in our building and pick out a list and they " Adopt" that Senior and get what they can for them. (Source: White County Aging Program)

Holiday Hero Central: Be a Santa to a Senior

However one group some of us might forget about who also deserve a happy Christmas are senior citizens.

Holiday Hero Central: Harding Place Christmas Tree program

Harding Place is a Christian assisted living facility on the campus of Harding University in Searcy.

The Harding Place Christmas Tree program works directly with the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the White County Foster Parent Association to provide Christmas presents to foster kids in White County. 
 
The Christmas Tree Gallery will be open December 1st - 11th. There will be about three dozen trees set up around the facility, each one representing a organization like Home Instead Senior Care.

Area residents are invited to visit Harding Place to stroll through the gallery, enjoy cocoa and cookies, and bring an unwrapped present to place under the tree of their choice.

Each toy represents a vote for the best tree, and at the end of the allocated time a tally is made to see which small, medium and large organization or business has won a trophy.

Hydrochloric acid leak forces Ark home evacuations

 

The Searcy Daily Citizen reported that about 25 homes were evacuated at 9 a.m. Thursday, about 30 minutes after the leak was discovered at the intersection of Arkansas Highways 36 and 367.

Assistant Fire Chief Doug Baker says about 60 gallons of the substance leaked, creating a four-foot high cloud of caustic fumes that were dissipated by the wind. No injuries were reported.

Baker says a private contractor will conduct the cleanup.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)