Deadline nears for youth conservation workshop

April 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Conservation District is inviting nominations from within the county for participants to the 2009 Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts Youth Conservation Workshop, said local district secretary Kim Lee.Students attending the workshop, which will be June 7-12 at Camp Clearfork Campgrounds near Mount Ida, must be going into the ninth, 10th, 11th or 12th grade.“There is no charge to the student,” Lee said. “Registration fees are paid for by the Sharp County Conservation District.

Ask a Master Gardener: About webs in trees, kinds of mulch to use

April 15, 2009 Question: I see some webs in the crotch of a small tree in my yard. I think it is probably a nest of bagworms, but whatever it is, I want to get rid of it. How do I do it?Answer: You should act as soon as possible. The longer you put it off the harder it will be to get rid of. Use a rake or pointed stick to pull the entire white web off. Then carefully pick off all worms you can see and drop them into an empty can to dispose of.

Hillcrest sets kindergarten registration

April 15, 2009 LYNN — Kindergarten registration at Hillcrest Elementary School in Lynn will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 1 in the kindergarten classroom.Any child turning 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 may register.The following documents must be brought to registration: a copy of the child’s birth certificate; a copy of the child’s Social Security card; proof of current physical examination; and a complete immunization record.Registration forms may be picked up at any time before May 1 in the elementary office.

Local students take part in SOS

April 15, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Dr. Carolyn Dresler of the Arkansas Department of Health has announced a voting initiative that urges all Arkansans to rally around Stamp Out Smoking, part of the ADH Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. “We are asking the public to participate in the selection of their favorite entry in the ‘The Big Pitch’ drama contest,” Dresler said. “It’s so easy to vote for your favorite. Just go to the stampoutsmoking.com homepage and look for ‘The Big Pitch.’”

Cornerstone to host conference

April 15, 2009 POUGHKEEPSIE — The Light In The 10/40 Window Ministry will host “To The Utter Most Part World Mission” conference at the Cornerstone Baptist Church campgrounds Monday and Tuesday. Church campgrounds are located at 3943 Highway 58 in Poughkeepsie, the former location of Poughkeepsie school. Supper will be served at 5:30 Monday evening followed by guest speakers Eric Capaci and Dr. Charles Keen. Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday and several speakers will be in attendance. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Lawrence County faction to discuss youth alcohol use

April 15, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — Addressing the issue of underage drinking will be the topic of town hall meetings recently set by the ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition of Lawrence County. April 23 is the date set for a meeting at the Lawrence County Community Building in Walnut Ridge. April 30 is the date set for the meeting at the Powhatan Community Center. Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a light meal/refreshments will be served.

Free marriage class offered

April 15, 2009 Batesville First Assembly of God Church’s Marriage and Family Ministry will host an eight-week marriage class entitled “Fuel for the Long Haul.”The class will be taught by a licensed marriage and family therapist and will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center in Batesville on 20th and Lyon streets beginning today. It is an non-denominational course to help couples enrich their marriages. There is no cost and child care is free. Couples may register by calling (870) 793-5489.

Be yourself, everyone else is taken

April 15, 2009 Do you ever feel like you’re just faking it?You know, walking around in a grown-up body acting like you know what you’re doing, when really you have no idea who you are inside.We all play act. We don a suit, go to work and act like the other people at the office.We get married, have kids, buy a house and join the PTA, yet secretly wonder if the other grown-ups feel just as clueless as we do.We frequently put so much energy into being who we think we should be that we forget who we actually are.