The 2012 March of Dimes Jackson County Campaign was kicked off Aug. 22 with a luncheon held in the Harris Hospital Community Room.

Jackson County March of Dimes Chapter has scheduled a host of events to celebrate the Sixth Annual Jackson County Rubber Duck Race Oct. 6th. First Prize is $3,000 CASH; Second Prize is a Carnival Cruise Line Cruise for two Third Prize is a 42 inch TV donated by Newport Wal-Mart. The event, held at Lockwood Park, helps to raise both awareness and funds for a worthy cause. Walkers, and rubber duck enthusiasts have been invited to participate in this exciting campaign. Events are scheduled throughout the day; 9:30 a.m. Registration for the Walk, March for Babies, (If you are forming a team or would like information about forming your team contact Stacey Wagner at 870-217-3941) 10:00 a.m. March begins Entertainment – various local groups and Singers as well as lots of food and craft vendors – Children’s Activities etc. 2:00 p.m. Rubber Ducks Go In The Water! The RACE begins! Tickets for the Rubber Duck Race are on sale now at locations around Jackson County, Merchants and Planters Bank, Harris Hospital, Newport Independent, Lindley Healthcare, we will also be set up at Wal-Mart and various locations around town. Keep reading the Newport Independent for more updates on the March of Dimes activities.