Farm Family ‘proactive’ stewards of land

May 27, 2010 PINEVILLE — Danny and Tammy Branscum, the 2010 Izard County Farm Family of the Year, strive to improve the quality of their farm by also employing “green” techniques for a better environment.Goals they hope to attain include the building of more storage for hay and more cross-fences for rotational grazing. The Branscums, who received the Top Broiler Grower award in 2004, also want to increase their cattle herd size and build additional litter stacking sheds for litter storage.

2010 Izard County Farm Family of the year: Life on farm is where family wants to be

May 27, 2010 PINEVILLE — Tammy Branscum used to think the difference between a bull and a cow were the horns.After years of being a farmer’s wife, however, she’s learned that’s not always the case.“I came from downtown Calico Rock,” Tammy said laughing, admitting she knew nothing about farming until marrying Danny who was raised on a farm. “I didn’t have a clue. But I learned quick, I didn’t have a choice.”Married for 29 years on June 21, Tammy and Danny Branscum, who call 3.8 miles west of Pineville home, are Izard County’s 2010 Farm Family of the Year.

Wanted in Independence County

May 27, 2010 The following list of persons with active warrants is issued by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Wanted persons are listed by their name, age, city and number of warrants.Warrants valid as of 5-26-2010:Maria Josefa Munoz    27    Houston, Texas    2Dwayne Murphy        Cave City    1Lisa Murphy        Batesville    5Lisa Salter Murphy    50    Batesville    1

Tripp becomes Secretary of Arkansas P.E.O.

May 27, 2010 Earline Tripp of Chapter BQ in Batesville has begun her year as Secretary of the 150 Arkansas chapters of P.E.O. Sisterhood. Since its founding 140 years ago, the organization’s sole mission has been to promote educational opportunities for women. P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization.

Tiptons schedule performance

May 27, 2010 SIDNEY — The Tiptons will perform at the Sidney Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Sunday.The Tiptons, who sing Southern gospel, includes Virginia Tipton, originally of Southside now of Sulphur Rock, Daniel Tipton of Evening Shade and Lesa Tipton of Southside. The trio recently released a 10-track CD titled “Oh Bless His Name.”The event is free and open to everyone.

Free movie to be screened

May 27, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 9 p.m. Friday.“The Kid” starring Bruce Willis will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune in 88.1FM for the audio. If it rains, the movie will be shown inside.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.

Treadway Reunion set

May 27, 2010 SULPHUR ROCK — The Treadway Family Reunion will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Sulphur Rock City Hall, according to a news release.Joseph and Susan Britt Treadway with Susan’s parents John W. and Ester D. Britt moved to the Gainesboro community in Independence County in the mid-1860s,” the release states. “The log house they built still stands about five miles north of Sulphur Rock.”Joseph and Susan Treadway are buried in Mac’s Chapel Cemetery east of Sulphur Rock, where many of their children and grandchildren are also buried.

Church shows growth

May 27, 2010 VIOLET HILL — Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Violet Hill held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday.The church was organized May 4, 1878.The building was destroyed by a tornado in 1950, and the current sanctuary was rebuilt in 1953. Two wings have been added since then, one serving as classrooms and the other as the current fellowship hall.Randy Bailey became pastor of the church in February 2009. Over the last year, attendance has grown from about 35 to 120, with several professions of faith in Jesus Christ and 24 baptisms.

Harding to host ‘Girls State’ for 20th year

May 27, 2010 SEARCY — Harding University will host the 67th session of Arkansas Girls State Sunday through June 4. This will be the University’s 20th year to host the event, and nearly 900 girls from across the state are expected to attend.Girls State is a program orchestrated by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arkansas to provide opportunities for outstanding high school juniors to participate in hands-on citizenship training.

Employee charged with forging business checks

May 27, 2010 Forged checks in the amount of $7,667.08 belonging to Aerotech machine Corporation have been credited to the actions of a Cave City woman employed by the company, according to an Independence County Circuit Court affidavit.Ten counts of second degree forgery have been filed against 45-year-old Patricia Penn after she allegedly forged company checks made out to herself and an acquaintance, Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said in the affidavit.