Hunters should be aware of number

September 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK  — A new number is impacting the lives of Arkansas deer and turkey hunters. They will get to know it – at least the ones who are successful in taking a buck, a doe or a turkey. The number is (877) 507-4263. Yes, it is toll-free. Call it from anywhere when you are ready to check your deer or turkey. That is the new system of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, replacing the check stations that were used for decades.

Maxville reunion to be Sunday

September 4, 2009 MAXVILLE — A reunion at the restored Old Maxville Log Church and Cemetery will begin with a potluck lunch at 1 p.m. Sunday, according to Billy Snow, who is helping organize the event. “We thought we’d allow time for everyone to go to their home churches before the reunion starts,” he said.

Police investigate desecration of Little Rock cemetery

September 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Police say vandals apparently broke into a mausoleum at one of the state’s oldest cemeteries, stealing an urn and attempting to pry open a casket.Little Rock police say a man searching for his lost dog called them Thursday night after seeing an exposed casket in a mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery. Police say the vandals stole the urn of James Greeley Jr., then attempted to pry open a casket.

Library, courthouse to close

September 4, 2009 In observance of Labor Day, Independence County Library in Batesville will be closed Saturday through Monday.The library will reopen at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.Also, the Sharp County Courthouse will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day, County Judge Larry Brown said.

Compassionate Friends to meet

September 4, 2009 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside Park in Batesville for its annual picnic and balloon release. This is a change in location for the group’s monthly meeting. The chapter will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings; members are asked to bring side dishes, drinks or desserts.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.

Tate/Twilley reunion set

September 4, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Tate/Twilley Reunion will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Izard County Fairgrounds, said family member Leveda Tate. A potluck lunch will be served at noon.All family members and friends are invited, Tate said.

National Hunting, Fishing Day to be celebrated

September 4, 2009 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with an event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26. Admission is free and open to the public.Laser Shot and a fly-casting demonstration are among the activities planned. Exhibitors include Quality Deer Management Association, Arkansas Deer Hunter’s Alliance, Delta Waterfowl, Arkansas B.A.S.S. Federation, Northeast Arkansas Flyfishers, Arkansas Trappers Association, Quail Unlimited and Northeast Arkansas Fishers of Men.

Council has light agenda

September 4, 2009 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes a proclamation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day, recognition of Assistant Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Lyon tops Washington Monthly

September 4, 2009 Washington Monthly magazine’s annual College Guide has again named Lyon College to its list of the nation’s 253 most socially beneficial liberal arts colleges, according to a news release from Lyon College. Lyon is ranked 75th.Lyon is the top-ranked Arkansas college on the magazine’s list, which includes Hendrix College (86) in the liberal arts division and the University of Arkansas (207) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (232) in the national colleges division.