Berry retires

January 25, 2010 Washington, D.C. — After serving Arkansas’ First Congressional District for seven terms, Rep. Marion Berry announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2010.

Stolen marker of Civil War soldier returned

January 25, 2010 Thanks to the social-networking site Facebook, the stolen tombstone of a Civil War veteran who died in 1886 has been returned to Independence County.Dr. George Lankford of the local historical society reported in December that the tombstone containing the name Isaiah Hine and Co. C, 10th Mo. Inf., had been recovered by West Plains, Mo., police. No birth date or death date is on the stone.

‘Light geese’ may be hunted Feb. 1-April 25

January 22, 2010  LITTLE ROCK — Duck hunting in Arkansas is winding down. The state’s duck season closes after Jan. 31.But, the following day, goose hunters in Arkansas will have an extra three months to hunt “light geese” (snow geese, blue geese and Ross’s geese). A special snow goose conservation season will open on Feb. 1 and extend through April 25.

2010 Trout Fishing Guidebook offered

January 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The latest edition of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s trout fishing guidebook is now being distributed to AGFC offices and license dealers around the state. The guide is free and contains a few changes from the 2009 guide. Changes in the 2010 guide include:

Great Backyard Bird Count begins Feb. 12

January 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas bird watchers are invited to take part in the 13th annual  Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 12-15. Participants in the free event will join tens of thousands of volunteers of all levels of birding experience to count birds in their own backyards, local parks or wildlife refuges.

Fishing with ghost of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

January 22, 2010 A bass rises to some unseen bug on the surface, creating ripples across the brown placid waters of Oyster Bayou. I cast my crankbait over the area and begin a slow retrieve just beneath the surface. The bass ignores the rattling, shimmying pest in his world, but from my vantage point under one of the remaining storm-scarred oaks I watch half-a-dozen crappie chase after the intruder.

Wanted man faces drug charges, too

January 22, 2010 Two men were arrested in connection to a quantity of drugs reportedly found in a Batesville home Thursday afternoon.Deputy David Aldrich and Sgt. John Furgason, with assistance from Cpl. Patrick Collins, went to a residence at 312 Craig St. around 1:30 p.m. to look for Kenneth Stephens, 25, of Star City, wanted on several outstanding warrants from Independence, Stone and Sharp counties.Aldrich said as he approached the front door of the home he could see movement inside and asked Furgason to come from the rear of the residence to assist him.

Couple arrested for lying to cops

January 22, 2010 A traffic stop for no tags led to a couple’s arrest on several charges around 4:15 Saturday afternoon.Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson, he stopped the driver of a Ford Mustang on North Central Avenue for no tags and she gave him a name of Rhinna Olsen.The passenger identified himself as Joseph Thompson and said he didn’t know the driver’s name, he was “only getting a ride to the store,” Jackson said.The driver finally admitted that her name was Jennifer Thompson and she didn’t tell the truth at first because she was wanted in Cleburne County.

Rotary holding drive for Haiti

January 22, 2010 The Batesville Rotary Club is working to help raise money for the victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti. The club is accepting monetary donations through Jan. 29. Those wishing to donate can mail a check or money order to: Batesville Rotary Club, Haiti Relief, P.O. Box 2654, Batesville, AR 72503-2654.The members of the club will also be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in the parking lot of WRD Entertainment, located at 920 Harrison St. in Batesville, to accept donations in person.

Writing project seeks applications

January 22, 2010 Jonesboro —The Arkansas Delta Writing Project at Arkansas State University is accepting applications for its 2010 Summer Writing Institute for Teachers, to be June 7-July 2.Educators from kindergarten to college, in all content areas, may apply.