If the high school and youth sports programs in your town aren’t already having trouble paying their bills, they will soon.
And if that doesn’t sound like headline-worthy news in this battered economy, just wait. You’ll have your pick of headlines from the ripples it creates soon enough: fatter kids, more dropouts and less safe streets.
You also won’t have to wonder why the college and pro teams you follow from the couch don’t seem quite as good as they used to be.
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury College used to heat its buildings with oil, then switched to wood chips. Now it has planted a sustainable and relatively cheap fuel source — willow shrubs —that could help cut demand on the state’s forests.
With a nine-acre patch of the fast-growing willows, the college is conducting a biomass energy experiment that seeks to answer the question: What if wood chip-burning heat systems lead to the deforestation of Vermont?
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke has joined august names like Bill Clinton and Johnny Cash on the Arkansas Walk of Fame in Hot Springs — but Van Dyke’s plaque of honor is a little more silly.
It reads: “I love my wife Shirley and Hot Springs. Am I buried here?”
Van Dyke, 78, famous for having a famous brother and a recurring role on the 1990s sitcom, “Coach,” lives with his wife, Shirley, on a ranch between Malvern and Benton in central Arkansas. He was inducted last weekend into the Walk of Fame, which honors notable Arkansans in downtown Hot Springs.
HARRISON (AP) — A photographer who fell 30 feet from the top of a waterfall in a Newton County was rescued because he had a device that transmitted his location to emergency responders.
Ed Cooley, 49, of Rogers, was badly injured on Thursday after he fell from the top of Twin Falls in the Richland Creek Wilderness Area.
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe cut Arkansas’ budget by $100 million on Tuesday because of the drop in nearly all areas of tax collections, but said he did not expect to lay off any employees.
The 2.2 percent budget cut means large reductions for the state departments of Correction, Community Correction, Health and state police. The reduction cuts Arkansas’ expected revenue for the fiscal year, which began July 1, to $4.4 billion.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
I can already feel the holiday stress creeping up on me with the knowledge that everyone isn’t on the same page and there is always one who puts a kink in it.
It’s usually me or the youngest daughter and I’m not sure why we get the honor each year of making things tense, but let me point out that it’s not always limited to the two of us.
I want to respond to the letter that Mr. Vernon Gann wrote on 10-16-09. I totally agree with Mr. Gann’s letter. He is telling the truth about how the Muslims have acted to our troops who are over in that country trying to protect Israel. Which if you are a Christian you will know what the Bible says about protecting Israel.
There are no Christians in the KKK. If they belong to the KKK then they are not true Christians.
We would like to say that we appreciate Mr. Vernon Gann and his very good intentions of trying to get people to look at the TRUTH of what is going on. We know that Mr. Gann is a VERY TRUE AND SINCERE CHRISTIAN MAN and has enough intellegence to understand and realize all the truth. Some people may not have his kind of intellegence.
We RESPECT AND APPRECIATE HIS OPINION.
Mike & Reeba Schrair
LA CROSSE — Dream Bikers Biking for Children Chapter E will hold its second annual fish fry and bike ride Saturday at the Izard County Fairgrounds in La Crosse near Melbourne.
The ride will begin at 11 a.m. The fish fry will begin at 2 p.m. The Air Evac helicopter and the Clear Creek Coach will be at the event.
Non-riders and families are welcome, and a bike is not necessary to attend.
The cost is $15 per bike and $5 for an extra rider and includes the dinner. The dinner alone is $5.
Mountain Home — The Mountain Home Moose Lodge #1953, located on Highway 5 South, will hold its fourth annual German Fest Saturday. Social Hour will begin at 4:30 p.m., with food service beginning at 5:30.
The dinner will include traditional German food including sauerbraten, real German bratwurst, sweet and sour red cabbage, hot German potato salad, sauerkraut, apple strudel and black forest cake, as well as German beers and wines. German and Tyrolian music will be performed.
Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will have an extra meeting this month, at 6:33 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of First Community Bank, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville. After the meeting, there will be a bonfire and hayride at Cushman. Hot dogs will be served.
The event is open to all Christian single adults. Attendees may bring their lawn chairs and musical instruments. Halloween costumes are optional.
For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.