Flute photo nets Heber youth top honors

June 19, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A little creativity in taking a photo of her brother playing a flute resulted in top honors in the 2009 Ross Foundation 4-H Photography Contest for Katerina O’Neil, 10, of Cleburne County.The photo was shot looking up at a flute being played by her brother, who is in the school band. Katerina will receive $200 for first place in the Black and White — Living category and $100 for best of exhibit. The contest is sponsored by the Ross Foundation of Arkadelphia and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

ASU-Newport offers new degree program

June 19, 2009 NEWPORT — Arkansas State University at Newport is now offering a new degree that will open up opportunities in a quickly growing field, officials have announced. The degree is an associate of applied science in general technology with an emphasis in renewable energy technology (RET). The RET program is being offered through an Arkansas Delta Technical Education Consortium (ADTEC) grant through the Department of Labor. As with any grant funded initiative, there are options for significant financial assistance, officials said.

Donkey, mule races planned to mark Independence Day

June 19, 2009 Mountain View — Honoring the spirit of independence, the Ozark Folk Center is hosting several donkey and mule competitions on July 4. Competitions start at 9 a.m. Handlers can walk the courses beginning at 8. Any long-eared equine and their human companion can participate.The morning will start with a mail trail course. “Mail trails wind through the Ozarks and were a vital link from one community to another,” according to a news release.

10.25 lbs. wins event

June 19, 2009 CAVE CITY — Roger Brown and David Diemer won Saturday’s Cave City Bass Tournament on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend with a stringer weighing 10.25 pounds, tournament director Ron Watkins said.Thirty-six anglers participated in 19 boats.Chad Tracy and Sharh Tracy placed second with 7.85 pounds. Keith Lawrence and Danny Matthews came in third with 6.95 pounds.Clark Neal weighed in the biggest bass, a 4.75-pounder.The next tournament will be from 6 p.m. June 27 to 1 a.m. the following day, on Greers Ferry Lake out of the Old Hwy. 25 Ramp.

Snakes present outdoors photo challenge

June 19, 2009 I love to shoot snakes.They can be unpredictable in their movements and depending on their current state of mind just before I fire off a shot, they can be aggressive enough to get closer to me than I prefer.Whoa! Let me clarify something here. I’m talking about shooting them with a camera. I quit shooting them with guns a long time ago; besides, that’s against the law nowadays.

Teen arrested for theft, giving beer to minors

June 19, 2009 A night of alleged partying with minors, breaking into cars and taking drugs has a Kyler Road teen in trouble with the law, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Robert Moser.In a circuit court affidavit Moser said he was called to Kennedy Park south of the White River around 6 a.m. June 11 where a teenage boy had apparently overdosed on drugs that may have been stolen from a vehicle.

Jacksonport State Park to host day camp

June 19, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will host the Summer Science Day Camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 24-26 at the park pavilion.Children ages 6 to 12 will find explore the outdoors through games and activities, such as a Butterfly Hike, fishing clinic with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and designing camp T-shirts. The fee for day camp is $15 per child which includes a camp T-shirt. The fee is used to help pay the cost of materials used in the activities.

Tatting workshop set

June 19, 2009 POWHATAN — “Lace, Loops and Laughter: A Beginner’s Tatting Workshop” will be taught from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 at Powhatan Historic State Park, according to park interpreter Kristyn Watts.The registration fee is $15 per person.“Tatting, a very old form of lace-making, reached its peak during Victorian times,” Watts said. “Learn how to make bookmarks, lace collars, doilies and more with the Victorian method of tatting with a tatting shuttle.

Club News

June 19, 2009 Cave City EHCCAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met on June 15 at the Cave City Community Center. President Judy Breckenridge called the meeting to order and the group sang “Clementine.” “Words To Live By” were read by Evalynn Edgar. Roll Call was “My favorite piece of furniture.” Seven members were present. The minutes and treasurer’s reports were presented and approved.Plans were made for Cave City Club’s Educational Booth for the Sharp County Fair to be held in July.

Area Briefs

June 19, 2009 Car wash to be SaturdayThe University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Optimist Club will be sponsoring a free car wash 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Hawgs Exxon in Batesville. Donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go for the youth programs the club sponsors for the local community. Church offers reading program