‘Crappie time’ is fixed in folklore

April 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Are crappie biting yet? When is crappie time?If you are in a fishing conversation these days, questions like this are apt to crop up. Early spring means crappie fishing to many Arkansans. There are several indicators in Arkansas folklore of when the crappie really get going.Two of the most prevalent and longest running are (1) when pin oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear and (2) when the dogwoods bloom.If this time hasn’t arrived, it is close.When is crappie time? A solid answer is, “Check the water temperature.”

Snow geese top bird count

April 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — What is the most numerous bird in Arkansas? Many Arkansans may be surprised that the snow goose topped the 2010 list, although more than one east Arkansas farmer may comment, “I could have told you that.”The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual volunteer project administered by Cornell University with the cooperation of the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. It involved about 97,300 participants in the United States and Canada this year.

Russellville to host high school world bass finals

April 23, 2010  RUSSELLVILLE — The Bass Federation announced last week that it will hold the inaugural high school fishing world finals on Lake Dardanelle at Russellville, July 19-24.Anglers from more than 15 states and Canada are expected to attend this event of the organization’s Student Anglers Federation and the rapidly expanding high school fishing segment. All Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school fishing clubs are eligible to register and attend this inaugural event.

Commission sets deer hunting seasons Local shooting sports range funded

April 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission formally approved regulation changes Thursday as part of the 2010-11 hunting season-setting process, said Keith Stephens of the commission’s education and public information departments.One change will allow hunters 65 and older to participate in the January portion of the statewide youth season.

Severe weather possible in Ark.

April 23, 2010 Forecasters are warning that portions of Arkansas and northern Louisiana may see significant severe weather today and that a tornado outbreak is possible in the region tonight and Saturday morning.The national Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., (www.spc.noaa.gov) said Thursday there was a moderate risk of severe weather today, including storms that could produce tornadoes. It said a tornado outbreak was possible late today and early Saturday from the Arklatex to the lower Mississippi River valley.

ICC to present concert

April 23, 2010 BROCKWELL — The Izard County Consolidated High School band, concert choir, chamber choir and junior high choir will present a spring concert at 6 p.m. Monday.The ensembles will present several selections including “Great Locomotive Chase,” “March to Castle Rock,” “I’m a Believer” and “Seasons of Love.” The event will be held at the fine arts complex at the high school in Brockwell. Admission is free.

Progress edition coming

April 23, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will again publish its Progress edition this summer.The edition is published every five years and offers updates made in the community, business and agriculture, public service and industry sectors — how they’ve grown, what’s new, what’s been updated, etc.To find out more information on how to list your business, industry, club or organization, call the Guard at (870) 793-2383 to have a form faxed to you, or pick up a form at our office at 258 W. Main St.

With every breath lung recipient shares life

April 23, 2010 CUSHMAN — It was a trip Bill Hall of Horn Lake, Miss., dreaded but one he knew he had to make.“I knew it was something I needed to do, something I had to do,” the 63-year-old said, standing at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Cushman April 15, surrounded by family and friends around the gravesite of Brandon Low, who died as a result of an automobile accident on that same date in 2007.“I would have given anything in the world to have met this family another way.”———It was no joke April Fool’s Day 2007 when Hall learned he had only weeks to live.

Health care topic

April 23, 2010 More than 50 individuals, business owners and political candidates turned out Tuesday for the Batesville Chamber of Commerce’s “power breakfast” at Lyon College’s Nucor Auditorium where Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the Obama Administration’s health care bill.

Decision ‘not easy’

April 23, 2010 Selecting a superintendent could be considered one of the most important decisions any school district makes when put to the task, and for the Batesville School Board the decision won’t be easy. Board members met Thursday night when it conducted its third and final superintendent candidate interview with Mark Porter, educational consultant for Florida and Kansas and retired Missouri schools superintendent.