Poultry growers to register

March 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Conservation District is reminding poultry growers of the annual registration of  poultry feeding operations.The deadline for registration is March 31 and includes an annual $10 registration fee, according to a press release.Growers should contact the conservation district office at (870) 994-7335, extension 3.

Farm pesticide training, fire blight treatment discussed

March 24, 2010 A Farm Pesticide Applicator training meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Independence County Extension Office.This is the class that qualifies farmers for a State Plant Board license to buy restricted pesticides. There is a $10 charge for the training.This is in addition to the fee charged by the State Plant Board for the actual license. Remember that normally you will only have to take the training once every 5 years.FIRE BLIGHT

Ozarka students compete

March 24, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College’s Practical Nursing students and instructors recently attended the 14th annual Arkansas Licensed Practical Nursing Association (ALPNA) Student Skills Competition and Conference held on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Driver strikes tree

March 24, 2010  An 18-year-old driver was injured when he failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 106 near Mill Dam Road and struck a tree Tuesday afternoon.Arkansas State Police Trooper Russell Brinsfield said Douglas A. Weaver, who was traveling eastbound, had just crossed the bridge around 4:40 p.m. when he lost control of his 2003 Toyota Camry and ran off the right side of the highway.“When he ran off the road he over-corrected trying to get back on,” Brinsfield said. “The over-correction caused him to cross the center line and run off the road on the other side.

Post office wants 5-day delivery

March 24, 2010 WASHINGTON — The Postal Service took the first formal step today toward cutting mail delivery to five days a week.The postal governing board agreed to ask the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for an opinion on dropping Saturday delivery. That request goes to the commission next week.Under the proposal, mail delivery to homes and businesses and mail collection from blue mailboxes would be limited to Monday through Friday.

Soldier laid to rest after heroic rescue failed

March 24, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — Family members say an Arkansas soldier’s buddy tried to shield him before both were killed in an attack in Afghanistan.Sgt. Jonathan J. Richardson, of Bald Knob, was buried Tuesday in North Little Rock after a funeral in Searcy.Richardson’s mother, Sharon Dunigan, says Richardson and Pfc. Jason Kropat were killed March 9 when a suicide bomber disguised as an Afghan police officer detonated a bomb.

Big cities see gains as boomers delay retirement

March 24, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — Many older Americans are staying put in traditional big cities to hold onto jobs, creating slowdowns in population growth at once-popular retirement destinations in the South and West.Census estimates for 2009, released Tuesday, capture the impact of the housing downturn and economic recession on the nation’s counties and metropolitan areas.Annual growth of retirement-destination counties has declined substantially, despite the large cohort of baby boomers who are reaching retirement age.

Body of Navy SEAL arrives in Hot Springs

March 24, 2010 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The body of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan has arrived in Hot Springs for his funeral.Thirty-six-year-old Chief Petty Officer Adam Brown died last Thursday. The Department of Defense did not release details of his death. He was assigned to a SEAL team based in Virginia Beach, Va.Brown’s body arrived Tuesday at Hot Springs Memorial Field — not long after funeral services were held in Searcy for U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Richardson of Bald Knob.

Look Good, Feel Better program offered at WRMC

March 24, 2010 The American Cancer Society will hold its Look Good, Feel Better program from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday in the Cancer Care Center next to White River Medical Center.The program, which is designed for women currently undergoing cancer treatment, uses trained cosmetologists to teach cancer patients how to enhance their appearance and self-image. Patients are taught how to deal with hair loss and changes in skin complexion and nails caused by radiation and chemotherapy. Individuals will have the option to order a free wig.