Dirtless gardening – Hydroponics: Freshness year-round

March 15, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Five years ago David Hughes never dreamed he’d one day be operating a hydroponic farm, but he knew he’d have to do something. His family was growing, the economy was in a downturn, and it was time to make a change.

ATV riders find body

March 15, 2010 A man and wife out for a Saturday morning four-wheeler ride came upon the body of a man that resembled a family member, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Price.William Kennedy called police around 11:15 a.m. saying that his mother and stepfather, Carol and Roy Ball, were four-wheeling in the wooded area of 750 Departee Creek when they came across a man’s body they thought might be him (Kennedy). Price said he then spoke with the couple by phone.

Forecaster: Alerts likely lowered toll

March 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Several days’ advance warning of severe weather in Arkansas, along with alerts issued Wednesday about specific storms, almost certainly saved lives and reduced injuries from a major system that struck Wednesday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Thursday.One man died after his house was demolished by a tornado.The Weather Service earlier this week began telling Arkansans that a system was headed toward the state that could produce severe weather, possibly including tornadoes.

Disaster aid passes Senate, will aid farmers

March 12, 2010 WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry said Thursday Arkansas farmers affected by weather-related disasters are one step closer to receiving relief. The U.S. Senate today approved Lincoln’s $1.5 billion disaster package as part of the Tax Extenders Act of 2009.

Lake Charles State Park to show sinkers, tin soldiers

March 12, 2010 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will host a program entitled “Tin Soldiers & Lead Sinkers” from 10 a.m. to noon March 20.“Participants can learn the craft of casting their own lead fishing sinkers and non-toxic tin soldiers for the kids,” according to a news release. “Every aspect of the process is covered in an easy-going, hands-on format. Learn about low melting point alloys, warming your molds, and even where to find inexpensive molds and materials.”

Jeff Moore wins tourney

March 12, 2010 Jeff Moore, fishing by himself, won the Batesville Bassmasters’ first tournament of the year by catching a fish-fish limit weighing 11.42 pounds Saturday on Lake Norfork, secretary Colin Patterson reported.Billy Little and Tommy Clark placed second with five fish weighing 10.77 pounds, Greg Potts and Mike Mitchell teamed for third place with four fish weighing 9.03 and Justin tanner and Kenny Brackett also caught four fish which tallied 6.4 pounds for fourth place.Potts caught the big bass of the day, which weighed 3.62 pounds.

Move bait slowly to make cold weather crappie fishing hot

March 12, 2010 The bobber wiggled tentatively but hopefully, like a new puppy’s tail on Christmas morning. It certainly wasn’t a pounding grab and run, but there definitely was something harassing my minnow. I gave a slight tug and the bobber started slowly heading south.A slightly stronger jerk and there was a serious battle on my two-pound line and ultralight tackle. Minutes later another crappie was in the boat.    

Vital Link offers class

March 12, 2010 Vital Link ambulance service will offer the health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. March 22 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The class is for health care professionals.The fee is $40. To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Ozark Folk School set

March 12, 2010 Mountain View — Springtime brings with it a burst of creative energy, and it’s a great time to take advantage of that energy to learn a new skill, according to a news release. The Ozark Folk Center is offering a variety of classes in crafts and music during its three-day session of Ozark Folk School, March 21-23. Classes are still open in: collage arts, sheep to shawl, broom making, blacksmithing, woodcarving, weaving, basket making and many more.