Two face charges in burglary of guns, electronics

July 27, 2009 MELBOURNE — Noel Gene Loosey, 48, of Pleasant Valley Road in Calico Rock was arrested Friday in connection with the June 6 burglary and theft at the Mike Thompson home, where more than 40 guns, electronics and other items were stolen. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the arrest was made without resistance at what is commonly known as “the Loosey compound,” off Arkansas Highway 5 near Calico Rock. Lawrence said many of the guns have been recovered along with some other items and have been returned to the owners.

Street gathering, traffic violations lead to arrests

July 27, 2009 Complaints of a group of intoxicated men standing in the middle of the street drinking and yelling at passing cars resulted in one man going to jail Thursday night.Police were sent to the 900 block of Brooks Street in Batesville where they encountered several men standing in the street around 11 p.m.Deputy Patrick Collins said when officers arrived they started conducting routine warrant checks through a state computer system, at which time one man, 34-year-old Freddie Patrick Vance, started walking away, refusing to cooperate.

One dies in shooting

July 27, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County authorities are investigating a weekend shooting that cost one man his life, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Counts said the shooting at 4238 state Highway 56 between Poughkeepie and Evening Shade was reported by a 911 call at 6:24 p.m. Saturday.“Sharp County sheriff’s deputies along with officers from Cave City, Cherokee Village, Ash Flat and the Arkansas State Police responded to the scene,” Counts said.

Vets honored

July 27, 2009 Ninety-nine American flags provided the backdrop for an empty pair of combat boots, an army carbine with bayonet, inverted and stuck in the ground and topped with a helmet and a soldier’s dog tags.The scene wasn’t at Arlington National Cemetery but at a special tribute program for all military veterans at the Independence County Fair Saturday morning.The flags are complemented with the photo, name and rank of Arkansas soldiers who have died since Sept. 11, 2001.

Fair attendance up

July 27, 2009 Fair board treasurer Pam Lovell said 2,020 people attended the Independence County Fair Friday while 1,962 were in attendance on Saturday. However, those figures are based on paid attendance and do not count exhibitors or those who had passes to get in, she said.

News of other days

July 24, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 6, 1996.

USSA protects our rights as outdoorsmen

July 24, 2009 Scene 1: In Pennsylvania, the state Agriculture Department can decide how privately-owned dog kennels can be operated. Dogs can be seized without compensation and owners may get jail time. A state agency can tell owners how many dogs they can own and set requirements on how the dogs are cared for, hunted and treated.“The bill enables the career staff of a state agency to be lawmaker, judge, jury and executioner,” said Rob Sexton, vice president of governmental affairs for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA). Scary? Yup, and it could just as easily happen here.

Micah Beard, Mark Owens win tourney

July 24, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Bass Club had another good tournament Saturday, with winners Micah Beard and Mark Owens weighing in five bass totaling 12.9 pounds, tournament director Ron Watkins said.Twenty-six competed in 14 boats.David Wooten and Carl Wooten, with five bass and 10.7 pounds, were second-place winners on the tournament on Lake Norfork.Coming in third with four bass weighing 9.6 pounds were Michael Holt and Bryon Bristol.Andy Needham and Chris Richardson weighed in the biggest bass of the tournament, which weighed 3.95 pounds.

Early seasons set

July 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The unofficial opening of the state’s hunting season was set during Thursday’s Arkansas Game and Fish Commission meeting in  Little Rock, AGFC spokesman Keith Stephens said.Commissioners approved the early migratory bird seasons for 2009-10.Mourning dove and Eurasian collared dove seasons will be Sept. 5 to Oct. 18 and Dec. 5 to Dec. 30. The season length is 70 days with a 15-bird bag limit.A special early teal season will be Sept. 12 through Sept. 27. The season length is 16 days with a four-bird daily bag limit.

Clean tackle boxes save time for fishing

July 24, 2009 The only thing a fisherman hates worse than a dirty, junky tackle box is cleaning it up. It can be a time consuming job, and the best time to do it is while you aren’t under any fishing pressure.Normally no fishing pressure means in the dead of winter, but with recent triple digit temperatures, summer can be a good time to straighten up what you messed up in the spring.Set aside a couple of hours to devote to a serious cleaning and repair session.