Choice of gear can make or break camping trip

April 9, 2010 Possibly the most important thing about a camping trip is the gear you take along.There is always the debate of what is or isn’t needed, but more important is the quality. You should always buy the best you can afford, but you don’t always know what to buy since every package and advertisement is designed to sell a product. Whether it is any good or not is oftentimes discovered under adverse conditions.For tent campers making their first purchase, determine how many people will normally be sleeping in it and then buy bigger (by one to two persons).

No insanity defense in soldier killing case

April 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with killing a soldier and wounding another outside of an Army recruiting center said his goal is to avoid the death penalty for his client, a Muslim convert who claimed the killing was justified because of U.S. military action in the Middle East.

Shelter seeks help socializing pets

April 9, 2010 “Looking for Strangers” may be the title of the hit country song by Johnny Lee in the ’80s, but it’s also the goal of the Humane Society of Independence County.“The humane society is looking for strangers to help socialize a few animals that have been at the shelter long-term and are a bit shy around strangers and not very adoptable,” said Bev Finch, longtime volunteer with the shelter.

Izard garden club planned

April 9, 2010 MELBOURNE — A group of Izard County residents are trying to establish a Garden Club that would beautify areas in all parts of the county, according to Dot Sanders.The Garden Party of Izard County monthly meeting and potluck luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sanders’ home, located at 206 Spring St. in Melbourne.“Bring your thoughts, ideas and passion for gardening,” Sanders said.To RSVP call (870) 368-3637 or e-mail

Tournament of Rock Finals set for Saturday

April 9, 2010 The Tournament of Rock Finals concludes Saturday at Batesville’s Riverside Park starting at 11 a.m., according to a news release from Batesville Promotions.Nine local and regional rock bands will take the stage and play until dark. The concert is free to the public and there will free food available to all attendees. Food will be provided by Jasson Sturgeon’s Ultimate Tailgate Party Experience of Batesville. There will be a mixed martial arts demonstration by Without Limits MMA of Batesville.

Folk center seeks volunteers

April 9, 2010 Mountain View — The Ozark Folk Center Craft Village will host Volunteer Days starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.“Everyone is welcome to visit and lend a hand,” said Jeannette Larson with the park. “We’ve had folks from Colorado, Maryland, Oregon and Louisiana chipping in to scrub walls, paint window and weed gardens right next to the neighbors from down the street.

Glasgow joins medical society

April 9, 2010 Batesville physician, Dr. Meriden Glasgow recently illustrated her commitment to improving health care in this community and our state by joining the Arkansas Medical Society, according to a news release.

Independence County DAR

April 9, 2010 The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met recently at First Community Bank in Batesville. Regent Linda Carol Cooper of Melbourne welcomed members and one guest, Sherry Glenn of Lynn. She also led the ritual and the pledges to the flags and read the President General’s message, the American Indian minute, and the Flag minute.

Diabetes meetings scheduled

April 9, 2010 A series of diabetes support group meetings have been set for this month, according to April Lancaster, program director/ network coordinator with 5 Star Network, which provides diabetes education, support, prevention and awareness for Stone, Izard, Sharp, Fulton and Lawrence counties.This month’s topic is: “What is Diabetes?” Meetings are as follows:•  Monday — 10 a.m., Calico Rock Hospital emergency room waiting room;• Tuesday — 9:30, Hardy Senior Citizens Center; 11, Cherokee Village Community Center; noon, Ash Flat Senior Citizens Center;

Congressional candidates to debate in Mountain Home

April 9, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — The Baxter County Democratic Club will host a debate featuring the six candidates for the position of U.S. representative from the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by the retirement of Rep. Marion Berry.The debate will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ramada Inn Convention Center located at 1127 Highway 62B East in Mountain Home. Candidates for the position are Steve Bryles of Blytheville, Chad Causey of Jonesboro, David Cook of Williford, Terry Green of Mountain Home, Ben Ponder of Mountain Home and Tim Wooldridge of Paragould.