Free classes scheduled at center

July 16, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center, in conjunction with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will hold free Boating Education classes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 21 and 22, according to a news release.To successfully complete the course, participants must attend both nights.In addition, a Beginner Fly Fishing seminar will be held from 10 a.m. until noon July 24.To sign up or for more information contact the visitor center at (501) 362-9067.

Duck survey shows populations similar to last year’s

July 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its preliminary report on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May, according to a news release from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.The total duck population is nearly 41 million, which is similar to last year’s estimate and 21 percent above the long-term average.Habitat conditions across the Canadian prairies and parklands were generally good, the commission said.

AGFC, Corps sign agreement on White River minimum flows

July 16, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently formalized a historic agreement on minimum flows from Norfork Lake into the tailwaters. The project calls for a steady release of cold water flowing from Norfork Dam that will benefit downstream trout when no hydropower is being generated.

High school world fishing finals slated at Russellville

July 16, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE — High School students from across the U.S. are gearing up for the high school fishing world finals. The 2010 Student Angler Federation High School Fishing World Finals will be held July 21-24 at Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville.Anglers from nearly 20 states have registered to compete. The young men and women will compete for scholarships, prizes, school pride and the right to be called the first High School Fishing World Champions.

Broughton honored as employee of year at UniFirst

July 16, 2010 CAVE CITY — Thomas Broughton was honored today at the UniFirst facility in Cave City as employee of the year, Manager Wayne Burnham said.The announcement coincided with the UniFirst Corporation’s Founder’s Day, which honors the memory of the late Aldo Croatti who started the company on July 12, 1936. Croatti died in 2001.Burnham said Broughton was honored “because of the ongoing contributions he makes to UniFirst’s success and his constant willingness to go the extra mile in creating customer satisfaction.”

Smith joins Ozarka office in Mammoth Spring

July 16, 2010 Melbourne — In December of 2009, the Ozarka College Foundation Board welcomed three new members from the northern Fulton County area. Leta Montgomery, Rose Pierce and Jo Kay Smith were unanimously appointed to serve on the board. Smith is a long time resident of Mammoth Spring and retired from the Mammoth Spring School District after 37 years of service. She also has been an adjunct instructor for Ozarka College for several years. Smith is now giving her time and talent to promote, recruit and educate prospective students in that region.

Blanchard Springs sets programs

July 16, 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 Arkansas, and programs are:

Moms of Military to meet

July 16, 2010 The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church.The meeting is open to all women with family serving in any branch of the military. The group meets the third Monday evening of each month to share experiences, military information and ideas, and to support one another. Child care will be available. For information, call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.

Bach Festival canceled

July 16, 2010 The Bach Festival scheduled for this week at Lyon College has been canceled. The performance planned for today in Brown Chapel also has been canceled.  

Task force to hold meetings

July 16, 2010 The Moving Batesville Forward task force will host a series of public meetings about the proposed park and recreation facility, to be funded by a 1.25-cent citywide sales tax.The public meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday at West Magnet and Batesville High School, respectively.The task force will have a video that features the community center in Paragould, as well as the recently opened community center in Heber Springs. The mayors from both of these towns are featured on the video and discuss what Batesville’s center could resemble.