Life cycle, treatments for spider mites given

September 1, 2010 Spider mites are not insects. They are closely related to spiders, harvestmen (daddy longlegs) and ticks.Unlike insects, which have six legs and three body parts, spider mites have eight legs and a one-part body.Individual spider mites are almost microscopic, yet when they occur in large numbers, they can cause serious damage. Dozens of species attack shade trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.The two-spotted spider mite overwinters as an adult in the soil; the honeylocust mite overwinters as an adult in bark crevices on the trunk and branches.

Notes from world youth horse show

September 1, 2010 OKLAHOMA CITY — The four local youths who made the trip to Oklahoma for the recent 2010 American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship Horse Show at State Fair Park — Haley Sprouse, Ty Cornelius, Darrin Cannon and Madelyn Cannon — did pretty well for their first time there.Lots of good memories and hopes and dreams for next year came home with them.Haley, Darrin and Ty made it to the finals in Team Penning and finished 15th in the world. Haley and Darrin finished 17th in Ranch Sorting.Ty finished sixth in the world in the Stake Race.

Sharp County delegates attend conference

September 1, 2010 ASH FLAT — Sharp County Farm Bureau members Cole, Julie and Caleb James were among more than 245 who attended the annual Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference Aug. 6-7 in Little Rock, according to a news release.Keynote speakers for the conference were Randy Veach, president of Arkansas Farm Bureau and Chris Chinn, a Missouri pork producer.

Body Walk helps kids ‘be smart from inside out’

September 1, 2010 Editor’s note: This is a series of articles for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas children are being encouraged to look deep inside themselves — literally — with a trip through the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Body Walk, a 30-foot by 36-foot walkthrough exhibit of the human body.With the school year under way, it’s important for children to get off to a good start by making healthy choices, said Jessica Vincent, the Body Walk program technician for the division.

Blanchard Springs offering programs looking at history

September 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is history, and programs are:

Harvest Supper, Herb Harvest Fall Festival announced

September 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park and the Herb Society of America-Ozark Unit will hold their annual Sumptuous Herb Harvest Supper at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the folk center, kicking off the 21st annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival. “This is an exciting event displaying the skills of the members of the herbal community, the Skillet Restaurant and Heritage Herb Garden staff,” according to a news release. The theme this year is The Cradle of Western Civilization and will feature herbs, spices, food, music and folklore from Greece and Turkey.

Clothes closet will be open

September 1, 2010 SAFFELL — The Saffell Clothes Closet, located on Highway 25 inside Saffell Missionary Baptist Church, will have an open house from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.There will be free clothing of all sizes for men, women and children as well as household items.Refreshments will be served.For more information call (870) 878-1560.

Library to close for holiday

September 1, 2010 In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, the Independence County Library will be closed Saturday through Monday. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Women’s Ministry selling meals

September 1, 2010 Starting tonight, Batesville First Assembly of God will sponsor a Women’s Ministry Café on Wednesdays during the month of September.The meals will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center, located at the corner of 20th and Lyon streets. Dine-in and carry-out meals will be available.The menu is: • tonight — lasagna, garlic bread and salad; • Sept. 8 — beef and/or chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, chips and salsa; • Sept. 15 — pulled pork or barbecue chicken sandwich, coleslaw and baked beans;