Hunter ed class scheduled

April 2, 2010 HIGHLAND — A free hunter education class will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Highland High School Cafeteria, according to a news release.Lunch and refreshments will be provided.The class is sponsored by the North Central Arkansas branch of the Quality Deer Management Association.The Bow and Gun Rack of Hardy will give away a bow (a Mission Menace by Matthews) to one youth after the class.For more information call Steve Taylor at (870) 847-0017, Rick Rickleman at (870) 257-3611 or Mike Stanley at 847-0073.

Lawrence, Matthews win

April 2, 2010 CAVE CITY — Keith Lawrence and Danny Matthews won Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Crown Lake at Horseshoe Bend with a stringer weighing 7.50 pounds, tournament director Ron Watkins reported.Roger Brown and David Diemer were right behind with 7.15 pounds.Twenty anglers competed in 11 boats.The Lawrence/Matthews team and the Chris Richardson and Kevin Weaver team tied for the big bass pot. The weights of their fish was unavailable.The next tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10 on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.

Local student gains knowledge, experience through education

April 2, 2010 “Sometimes the least direct path is the best way. It’s not the fastest or the most convenient but it is nonetheless the correct course because when the destination is reached, the traveler comes with knowledge through experience. The journey proves invaluable.” —Author unknown

Jewelry, computer taken in burglary

April 2, 2010  A Wednesday home burglary resulted in the loss of several pieces of jewelry, checks, a computer and other items, according to Deputy Jonathan Brown with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Jeffery Huskey of Campbell Lane told Brown that he left home around 6:30 a.m. and returned around 2:30 p.m. to find that his home had been burglarized. Among items listed missing were a Dell laptop computer, an AT&T universal card, a book of checks, three gold rings, three gold chains, two gold wedding bands and seven watches of various brands.

Alcohol, assault, other arrests made

April 2, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies made several arrests in the last week:• Richard Robertson, 31, of Melbourne was arrested Thursday for public intoxication and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He posted a $5,205 bond the following day and was released from the Izard County jail.• Michael Robert Benert II, 20, of Pineville was arrested Wednesday for criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and first-degree assault. He was released the following day and given a court date.

County offers pickup services

April 2, 2010  With the coming of spring and outside cleanup projects, the Independence County Judge’s Office reminds citizens that the county offers a free, year-round pickup service for most items.Among the items that are accepted by cleanup crews are appliances, tires, scrap metals, furniture, non-hazardous containers, mattresses, TVs, and other items not considered to be hazardous waste or burnable.

4-H’ers take part in Fashion Revue

April 2, 2010 Independence County 4-H Fashion Revue Activity was held March 15 at the Sulphur Rock Cafetorium. Four-H’ers from various clubs in the county participated. Winners of the activity will be eligible to compete in the Regional O’Rama at Jonesboro in June.

Woolly Hollow State Park to host women’s weekend

April 2, 2010 GREENBRIER — Woolly Hollow State Park will host a Women in the Outdoors Weekend on April 9-11. Women will reconnect with nature, learning basic camping skills, nature journaling, beginning bird watching, Dutch oven cooking, archery, and beginning fishing, as well as having free time to relax, forge new friendships, and have fun. The workshop will feature special guest presenters, such as Arlene Green with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Jimma Hampton, a Dutch oven cooking expert.

Petting zoo to open April 17

April 2, 2010 Jonesboro — The College of Agriculture and Technology announces the semi-annual Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo. The petting zoo will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 17 at the ASU Farm Beef Barn on Longhorn Drive.Officials say visitors should expect crowds, as this is a very popular event. For the health and safety of both children and animals, no food, drink, toys, or pacifiers are permitted in the petting zoo.

1 in 4 elderly need care decisions made for them

April 2, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — A significant number of the elderly — more than one in four — will eventually need someone to make end-of-life decisions about their medical care, a new study suggests.The results illustrate the value of people making their wishes known in a living will and designating someone to make treatment decisions for them, the researchers said.In the study, those who spelled out their preferences in living wills usually got the treatment they wanted. Only a few wanted heroic measures to prolong their lives.