High water stop hunts

October 16, 2009 AUGUSTA — This week’s heavy rains resulted in significant rises in the level of the White River. The flooding has forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to cancel the deer muzzleloader permit hunt on Henry Gray Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area in eastern Arkansas. The hunt was scheduled to begin Saturday and continue through Wednesday.Until water levels on the White River recede, archery deer hunting also is closed on the WMA.

Squirrels: Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re fun to hunt, good to eat

October 16, 2009 Squirrels are either the spawn of the devil, the cute little critters that go so boldly into your bird feeder or the best tasting of all wild game. You choose, but after extensive research most hunters vote for the third option.Three types of squirrels live in this part of the world: the ever-present and overbold gray squirrel, the much larger fox squirrel and the night-riding flying squirrel. Since flying squirrels mostly come out at night and are too tiny to eat, we are going to ignore them. They’re classified as non-game animals in Arkansas.

‘New Moon’: BJHS reviews book

October 16, 2009 School is back in full swing and we at Batesville Junior High School want to encourage everyone to read more books.Once a month we will be sharing our favorite books. This month we chose “New Moon” by Stephanie Meyer. “New Moon” is the sequel to the extremely popular “Twilight.” As the movie-opening of Nov. 20 advances, the book has become increasingly popular. 

NCARED may release some county members

October 16, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development Corporation may be losing some of its numbers.The board met recently and learned that since transition to the new dues structure in late 2008, only two of the eight counties within the NCARED region (Izard and Fulton) had paid dues for 2009. If that trend continues, officials said, the 2010 budget will see a significant shortfall.

News of Other Days

October 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 29, 1996.73 YEARS AGOJohn Conway Fitzhugh, 77, one of Batesville’s leading citizens for more than 60 years and an outstanding church and civic leader, died here at 4 o’clock this morning, Death was caused by a heart attack which occurred last week.

Agriculture secretary announces signups, deadlines for two farm programs

October 16, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that enrollment for the 2010 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) programs has begun and will continue through June 1.“USDA urges producers to make use of the e-DCP automated Web site to sign up, or producers can visit any USDA Service Center to complete their 2010 DCP or ACRE contract,” the news release states.

Austins, Mannings, Whitten among top winners in district fair horse show

October 16, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Austins and Mannings, along with Alexandra Whitten, grabbed most of the top spots in the recent North Central Arkansas District Fair horse show in the Rebecca Moser-Hickerson Arena at the fairgrounds at Melbourne.Grand Champion stallion or gelding winner was Wes Austin.Reserve Grand Champion stallion or gelding winner was Kathy Austin.Two- and three-year-old stallions and geldings winner was Wes Austin, first.

Rains force one lane to close on Pig Trail

October 16, 2009 OZARK (AP) — Arkansas highway officials say portions of the Pig Trail north of Ozark will be restricted to one lane for “an extended period of time” after heavy rains caused part of the highway to become unstable.The route is known formally as Arkansas 23 but is commonly referred to as the Pig Trail. The state Highway and Transportation Department said that the road will be restricted to one lane in places.One work area is 18 miles north of Interstate 40. When work is done there, construction will shift to a second area 19½ miles north of the interstate.

Two suspects named in Bad Boy vandalism

October 16, 2009  Two suspects have been named in an incident of burglary and vandalism at Bad Boy Mowers in Batesville.An employee of the company, Randel D. Walker, told Independence County Deputy Colby Markum that someone had gotten into the mutlit-terrain vehicle building at 200 General St. and caused about $4,000 in damages.“Davis said the suspects drove five MTVs around inside the factory, running into several items and also crashing the MTVs into each other,” Markum said.

Chamber’s tourism panel hears speaker

October 16, 2009 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee held its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 8 at Comfort Suites. Attending was Crystal Johnson, chamber president/CEO; Bob Qualls, Lyon College; Debbie Harrison, Comfort Suites; Pravin Shetty, Ramada Inn/Holiday Inn Express; Paula Grimes, Main Street Batesville; Cathy Drew, Ozark Gateway Tourist Council; and Bob Pest, Ozark Foothills FilmFest/T Tauri Film Festival.