CPSC: Recalled light poles in use at 22 Ark. sites

July 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission says recalled light poles that could crack and topple are in use at 22 locations in Arkansas.The poles, 70 feet tall or higher and weighing between a ton and four tons, were made by the now-bankrupt Whitco Co. LP in Fort Worth, Texas, the subject of a recall issued by the CPSC.

Water board to hear reports

July 8, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear a series of reports, Manager John Richardson said.Those include a legal report from authority attorney Gary Vinson, June water and wastewater financial reports, a second-quarter water treatment plant performance report and a 2009 water and wastewater annual audit report. The annual audit was conducted by Whitmire, Robinson and Cummings, CPA Ltd.

Delinquent land sale scheduled for Independence County

July 8, 2010 A public auction for the sale of delinquent land in Independence County will be held at 10 a.m. July 20 at the Ramada Inn in Batesville with registration beginning at 9:30.A catalog of tax delinquent lands may be obtained from the State Land Commissioner’s website at www.cosl.org or by calling (501) 324-9422.

Harrison soldier killed in Afghanistan attack

July 8, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — A soldier from Harrison was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday when he and other U.S. soldiers were targeted by an improvised bomb as they patrolled at Arghandab, Afghanistan.Spec. Clayton McGarrah, 20, was killed by the bomb explosion, which was followed by small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire.McGarrah’s family said McGarrah, a lifelong resident of Harrison, had been in Afghanistan about three weeks. He was serving with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

‘Things long ago’ program set for Sunday at museum

July 8, 2010 Longtime newspaperman Larry Stroud will present a program at Old Independence Regional Museum at 4 p.m. Sunday about how children in rural areas in the 1950s and ’60s entertained themselves down on the farm — well before cell phones, iPods, personal computers and other electronic gadgets. In many cases, including the Strouds, the homes did not even have a TV set. The ones that did probably picked up only one or two channels.“Some of the things we did to entertain ourselves were dangerous,” Stroud said, “and, of course, others weren’t.”

U.S.-Moscow spy swap appears to be in motion

July 8, 2010 MOSCOW — The largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to be in motion today, with a Russian convicted of spying for the United States reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna. Defense lawyers in New York say they expect an immediate resolution for their 10 clients charged with spying in the United States.A swap would have significant consequences for efforts between Washington and Moscow to repair ties chilled by a deepening atmosphere of suspicion.

Big dreams in a small town; Student records album

July 8, 2010 CAVE CITY — Boyfriends, breakups, life in a small town and the loss of her best friend have all given 17-year-old Brittany Michelle Norris something to sing about.And write about.With aspirations of being like Taylor Swift or Hillary Duff, two of her favorite singers, the Cave City High School senior, who grew up singing in church, hopes she’s one step closer to seeing that dream become a reality with the release of “Behind Green Eyes,” her debut album.Mom Patricia Norris doesn’t know where she gets it.

Rally scheduled

July 8, 2010 CASH — Drivers approaching the intersection of state highways 349 and 226 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday will be greeted with several people hoping to make a difference in saving lives.Eva Fulks of Batesville will be there, along with several others, who want to see safety measures in place that will stop train accidents that have claimed not only the life of her daughter, but of others as well.Shawn Watson of Jonesboro was killed last month after his dump truck collided with a train at the intersection of state highways 349 and 226.

Penny sought

July 8, 2010 MELBOURNE — One cent. Six years. Roads.That decision will be up to voters in November after a motion was approved Tuesday night by the Izard County Quorum Court to proceed in seeking a road tax.County Attorney Brad Sipes told justices that a decision had to be made if they were going to put the matter before the voters.At previous meetings justices talked about whether the tax would go strictly to roads or into county general, where cities would get a slice of the money.

White oaks losing leaves to gall

July 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK –  White oak trees in Arkansas are being attacked by Jumping Oak Gall (scientific name Neuroterus saltatorius), leaving foliage covered with numerous tiny brown galls or spots. Although infestations are unsightly as leaves brown out and die, mortality is rare.“This is not in the same category as the red oak borer outbreak of previous years.” said Arkansas Forestry Commission Entomologist Jim Northum. “One flush of leaves may be lost, but healthy trees will put on another flush of leaves and continue to grow.”