Man goes to officers, tells about meth lab

May 24, 2010 Refusing to be falsely accused of molesting a child Friday afternoon, a Newark man reportedly told police he had a meth lab in his house. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputies Jason Edington and Dale Jackson were called to the Newark Police Department around 11:45 a.m. Friday where 30-year-old Jonathan M. Gross asked to speak to them regarding a domestic incident between himself and his girlfriend.

Tax proposal aimed at city – Project could be scrapped without property

May 24, 2010 A $40-50 million project is being designed for Independence County, but the project could be scrapped before it ever gets off the ground floor if suitable property isn’t found. The project would update Batesville’s seriously outdated recreational facilities, providing a venue for state tournaments and other big events, but in order to do that the city is searching for a tract of land between 100 and 200 acres.

Elk herd, ed center named ‘conservacation’ spot

May 21, 2010 PONCA — First came the vacation. Then, the staycation. Now comes a newly coined concept, the conservacation. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Ponca Elk Education Center and the nearby Boxley Valley elk herd have been named one of the top 25 spots in the country for viewing elk and their habitat. The conservacation is a vacation focused on conservation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is recommending the area as one of its top educational destinations where families can experience and enjoy learning about elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

AGFC stocks more than 1.8 million fish in April

May 21, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crews stocked over 1.8 million fish in Arkansas lakes and rivers during April, according to Mark Oliver, chief of fisheries. The total stocking of fish weighed more 135,300 pounds. The amounts and locations stocked nearest Batesville include: • Little Red River, White County, 160 yearling smallmouth bass • Little Red River, Cleburne and White counties, 10,515 catchable rainbow trout • Mirror Lake, Stone County, 2,000 catchable rainbow trout • Searcy City Lake, White County, 750 catchable channel catfish

Michael Holt wins tourney

May 21, 2010 CAVE CITY — Michael Holt, fishing by himself, bested the field with 14.40 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Crown Lake, reported tournament director Ron Watkins. Holt’s stringer was helped along with the tournament’s biggest bass of the day, which accounted for 6.60 pounds of the stringer. Danny Matthews and Clint Lucy placed second with 12.25 pounds. Fourteen anglers in eight boats were in the competition. The club’s next tournament will be a night event, from 5 p.m. until midnight June 5 on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.

Students win art contest

May 21, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Three young Arkansas artists won their age divisions in the 2010 State-Fish Art Contest, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Taylor Phillips of El Dorado won the fourth-grade to sixth-grade division, Desirai Myers of Cabot won the seventh-ninth division and Allison Backus of Lakeview won the division for grades 10-12.

Bass tourney moved due to weather

May 21, 2010 Rainy weather and the forecast for additional rain is playing havoc with the Batesville Bassmasters’ weekend schedule, secretary Colin Patterson said. “Due to the weather forecast, we’re moving our tournament Saturday to Greers Ferry Lake, out of Hill Creek Ramp,” Patterson said Thursday afternoon. “The time will be the same — from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.” The tournament was originally scheduled for the White River and Ramsey Slough, but the tournament location had to be moved for safety reasons, Patterson said.

Deer harvest numbers look great

May 21, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — During Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners were briefed on the state’s recent deer season harvest, said commission spokesman Keith Stephens. “Brad Miller, AGFC deer program coordinator, told the commission the harvest was up again from the 2008-09 season,” Stephens said. “For the second consecutive year, Arkansas deer hunters harvested almost record numbers of deer in The Natural State. Last year, hunters checked about 185,000 deer.

Burleson earns law degree

May 21, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Kenneth Burleson of Marcella received his juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law in commencement and hooding ceremonies held Saturday in Little Rock. Burleson is the son of Carl and Kathy Burleson and earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Arkansas State University. He graduated from Bowen with honors.

Student named to honor roll

May 21, 2010 SALINA, Kan. — Christina Dick of Quitman has been named to the spring 2010 Dean’s Honor Roll at Kansas Wesleyan University. Students who have a semester grade point average of 3.25-3.74 and who have no incompletes are listed on the Dean’s Honor Roll at the end of each semester.