AGFC reminds hunters not to take swimming deer

October 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Deer are good swimmers, and they’ll take to the water when fleeing. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is reminding hunters that it is illegal to take a swimming deer.The commission said Tuesday that with the persistent heavy rainfall of late, deer will have more opportunity to swim. Even though they swim well, deer move slowly in the water and are much more vulnerable than on land. Thus hunters have to leave the animals alone when they’re in the water.

Intersection to be closed

October 29, 2009 The intersection of Rich and State streets in west Batesville will be closed for sewer line repairs next week, according to the city utility department.Drivers are advised to take an alternate route Nov. 2-6 to avoid this construction area.For more information, call the utility at (870) 698-2415.

Poet to speak at WBC

October 29, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College will present a free poetry reading by Andrea Hollander Budy at 7 tonight in WBC’s Mabee Student Center.She has written three full-length poetry collections: “Woman in the Painting,” “The Other Life” and “House Without a Dreamer,” which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Other honors include the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize for prose memoir, the Runes Poetry Award, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Arkansas Arts Council.

Paragould man dies in crash

October 29, 2009 A 22-year-old Paragould man was killed in a one-vehicle crash near Newark sometime early Tuesday morning, according to a report filed by Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens.Stephens said he was on patrol around 2 a.m. on Highway 122 north east of Newark when he drove upon the accident just west of Old River Road.According to Stephens, the driver, Cody Shopher, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was trapped in the driver’s side floorboard of the 1999 Dodge Durango after it hit a tree.

Recreation meeting postponed

October 29, 2009 The parks and recreation committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 tonight in the Independence County Circuit Courtroom has been postponed. This meeting is rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5, in the circuit courtroom of the main county courthouse at Main and Broad streets.

Retired teachers to meet

October 29, 2009 The Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at noon Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.Pat Dunegan will present the program on services available for senior citizens. Retired school employees are encouraged to attend, said Sue M. Smith.

Churches, others to hold events on Saturday

October 29, 2009 New Hope CumberlandNew Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, located at 3655 Bethesda Road, will hold its Annual Harvest Sale and Lunch Saturday.Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the sale following at 1 p.m. Donations will be accepted for lunch.Items to be auctioned include canned fruits and vegetables, homemade candies, cookies, baked goods, crafts, quilts and other items. The auctioneer will be James Lindsey.The event is open to the public. 

Waits recognized

October 29, 2009 Lyndal Waits is known by many names: Daddy Warbucks. Highway department engineer. Frito Pie. And now, Batesville Kiwanis’ Citizen of the Year.Since 1952, every year the Batesville Kiwanis Club recognizes a person who has rendered outstanding community services by presenting a Citizen of the Year Award. Waits received the award at a recent banquet in which also the Kiwanian of the Year, New Kiwanian of the Year and President’s Awards were all announced and new officers for the 2009-10 were elected.Awards given by 2008-09 president Terrell Tebbetts are as follows:

Church vandalized

October 29, 2009 SANDTOWN — Vandals have hit again at Lee’s Chapel Church and Montgomery Masonic Lodge No. 360 at Sandtown, breaking windows and window frames valued at $1,200.A committee of concerned citizens is trying hard to clean up and restore the church and upstairs Masonic hall and to keep up the cemetery — and is trying to stop the vandalism by keeping a close watch on the area, according to Janice Beitler of Cave City.“Help from area Masons and interested persons is needed,” Beitler said. “It takes a lot of work for maintenance of the cemetery and church/Masonic hall.”

Agent discusses pesticide collection, planting trees, shrubs

October 28, 2009 Remember that producers will have the chance to dispose of outdated and unused pesticides at a collection set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3. The collection point will be at the south end of Main Street in Batesville, across from the Independence County jail, where the stockyards used to be.  Pesticides can include herbicides and insecticides. Many old pesticides such as DDT, lindane and toxaphene cannot be legally disposed of in landfills and require special handling that is expensive if done privately.