All ages come out to complex

July 29, 2010 PARAGOULD — After Ed Moellinger suffered a major coronary in 1998 and underwent quadruple bypass surgery on his heart, he hit the ground walking as recommended by his doctors.At 80, he continues to do the same — sometimes as often as three times day and for three years has been a regular visitor at the Paragould Community Center’s indoor walking track where he spends an hour making the rounds while wife Ann watches from her wheelchair.

Paragould residents tout health, social benefits

July 29, 2010 PARAGOULD — Before the Paragould Community Center opened, Ela Fair would visit her chiropractor to work out the kinks. There wasn’t much else she could do, other than moan and groan, and even getting an adjustment wasn’t enough to ease her pain.When the indoor aquatic center opened in 2005, Fair was one of the first visitors. Her health improved so much it wasn’t long before she quit going to the chiropractor.

Hundreds attend Harps opening

July 29, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday morning for the long awaited opening of Harps Express grocery at Southside.“We’re excited to be here,” said store manager Kevin Parker Wednesday afternoon. “The response from customers has been excellent, we’ve been busy all day long and everyone has been telling us how happy they are that we are finally open.”

Sharp Co. 4-H Poultry Chain auction set

July 28, 2010 ASH FLAT — Sharp County 4-H members have been working hard since March on their 4-H Poultry Chain projects, which culminate with the poultry chain auction at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Paul Miller Poultry and Rabbit Barn at the county fairgrounds, said Annie Lester, 4-H program assistant with the county Extension office.

Signup period for helping migratory birds ends soon

July 28, 2010 State Conservationist Mike Sullivan recently announced that USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will work with farmers, ranchers and other landowners to develop and enhance habitat for birds making their annual migration south towards the Gulf of Mexico.Under the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative, Natural Resources Conservation Service will partner with producers to manage portions of their land to provide additional food and habitat for migrating birds.Sullivan estimates $1 million for the initiative in Arkansas.

Armyworms munching in Bermuda

July 28, 2010 Fall armyworms have become a problem in our Bermuda fields in the last week or so. Control is usually needed when three or more worms per square foot are found.It’s been said that three worms per square foot in a field would be roughly equal to a cow per acre. Armyworms can sometimes strip a field of most its above ground growth in a few days.Cutting the field for hay can sometimes save a spray application. Sevin XLR Plus can be used at a rate of one to two pints per acre. Allow two to three days for control to become effective.

Youths qualify for world championship event

July 28, 2010 Four local youths recently qualified for the 2010 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship Horse Show at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, according to a news release.The show begins Friday and continues through Aug. 7.Haley Sprouse, Ty Cornelius, Darrin Cannon and Madelyn Cannon will compete.“All four have qualified in team penning and ranch sorting,” the release states. “Haley is also competing in the stake race, Ty is also competing in poles and the stake race and Darrin is also competing breakaway roping and heeling.”

Al-Anon holds meetings

July 28, 2010 Al-Anon meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Batesville.

Heber Springs to host concert

July 28, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — Jeff Jenkins and Joe Ott will be performing the mountain dulcimer in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center auditorium.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067.

Prayer shawl group to meet

July 28, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.