Catfish tagging study under way

April 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is conducting a statewide channel catfish tagging study. The study will evaluate the effectiveness of stocking channel catfish in lakes and streams.The tags have the words “Reward” printed on them. Anglers that call the number on the tag, answer a few questions and mail the tag will receive a reward ranging from $10 to $100. The amount is determined randomly.

District horse show winners announced

April 9, 2010 MELBOURNE — The North Central District Fair Horse Show featured 70 entries Thursday at the Izard County Fairgrounds, reported fair board member Nancy Orr.Senior showmanship award for ages 15 to 19 went to Alexandra Whitten, and the second place winner was Sarah Whitworth.Junior showmanship winners for ages 9 through 15 were Shaina Manning, first; Kyle Manning, second; Kaylee Guffee, third; Emmanuel Brink, fourth; and Leighann Brink, fifth.

Anglers urged to voice opinions on rules

April 9, 2010  LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas anglers will have two venues where they’ll get an opportunity to gather information and ask questions on proposed fishing regulations for 2011. Beginning on May 4, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will air its popular “Outdoor Hotline” on AETN. Sportsmen and women will be able to call a toll-free hotline with questions and comments that will be answered or discussed during the show. The show begins at 7 p.m.The TV show will be followed on May 6 by six public meetings. All of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

Choice of gear can make or break camping trip

April 9, 2010 Possibly the most important thing about a camping trip is the gear you take along.There is always the debate of what is or isn’t needed, but more important is the quality. You should always buy the best you can afford, but you don’t always know what to buy since every package and advertisement is designed to sell a product. Whether it is any good or not is oftentimes discovered under adverse conditions.For tent campers making their first purchase, determine how many people will normally be sleeping in it and then buy bigger (by one to two persons).

No insanity defense in soldier killing case

April 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with killing a soldier and wounding another outside of an Army recruiting center said his goal is to avoid the death penalty for his client, a Muslim convert who claimed the killing was justified because of U.S. military action in the Middle East.

Shelter seeks help socializing pets

April 9, 2010 “Looking for Strangers” may be the title of the hit country song by Johnny Lee in the ’80s, but it’s also the goal of the Humane Society of Independence County.“The humane society is looking for strangers to help socialize a few animals that have been at the shelter long-term and are a bit shy around strangers and not very adoptable,” said Bev Finch, longtime volunteer with the shelter.

Izard garden club planned

April 9, 2010 MELBOURNE — A group of Izard County residents are trying to establish a Garden Club that would beautify areas in all parts of the county, according to Dot Sanders.The Garden Party of Izard County monthly meeting and potluck luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sanders’ home, located at 206 Spring St. in Melbourne.“Bring your thoughts, ideas and passion for gardening,” Sanders said.To RSVP call (870) 368-3637 or e-mail dotsanders@yahoo.com.

Tournament of Rock Finals set for Saturday

April 9, 2010 The Tournament of Rock Finals concludes Saturday at Batesville’s Riverside Park starting at 11 a.m., according to a news release from Batesville Promotions.Nine local and regional rock bands will take the stage and play until dark. The concert is free to the public and there will free food available to all attendees. Food will be provided by Jasson Sturgeon’s Ultimate Tailgate Party Experience of Batesville. There will be a mixed martial arts demonstration by Without Limits MMA of Batesville.

Folk center seeks volunteers

April 9, 2010 Mountain View — The Ozark Folk Center Craft Village will host Volunteer Days starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.“Everyone is welcome to visit and lend a hand,” said Jeannette Larson with the park. “We’ve had folks from Colorado, Maryland, Oregon and Louisiana chipping in to scrub walls, paint window and weed gardens right next to the neighbors from down the street.

Glasgow joins medical society

April 9, 2010 Batesville physician, Dr. Meriden Glasgow recently illustrated her commitment to improving health care in this community and our state by joining the Arkansas Medical Society, according to a news release.