FSA to talk with farmers

January 25, 2010 All area agricultural producers are invited to public meetings this week that may be beneficial for all farmers and ranchers, according to Independence County Farm Services Agency Director Dee Anne Barnes.The meetings are sponsored by the University of Arkansas Extension offices in Independence and Jackson counties. The two public meetings will be held in the Arkansas State University-Newport Student/Community Center.

Board to look at school tech

January 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will be looking at some of the high school’s newly installed technology in the math and science departments when it meets at 7 tonight at the high school.The board will also consider a bus bid, talk about facilities and the renewal of the superintendent’s contract. Meetings are open to the public.

Rural water storage tank shot

January 25, 2010 Authorities believe two holes found in a Pfeiffer community water storage tank came from a high-powered rifle. Batesville Safety Officer Sharon Taylor told police that the tank, located at 130 Mount Zion Road, was checked on the afternoon of Jan. 16 and it was fine. Then, last Tuesday city workers noticed a stream of water spurting from the tank about 60 feet above the ground, according to investigating Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Sharp.

Meetings to focus on parks

January 25, 2010 The city of Batesville will host a town meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at city hall.The meetings will be conducted by the University of Arkansas group that is conducting the city’s administrative review and needs assessment of parks and recreation facilities. The event is open to the public, and anyone may share ideas, thoughts and suggestions “so that we can have not only a strong showing but also to assure ourselves a successful project,” a news release states.

Grad finds balance in medicine

January 25, 2010 In high school Tony Lamkin considered other colleges until a close friend’s father asked him to consider Lyon College (then Arkansas College). Lyon Trustee Bill Bristow ’72 introduced Lamkin to Lyon and Batesville. At Lyon the Jonesboro native found an institution with a solid reputation, well-qualified faculty and attractive financial aid.

Man charged in pitchfork attack on brother

January 25, 2010 Arrested for allegedly trying to stab his brother with a pitchfork and starting fires around his house with gasoline, a Bradford man has been freed on $50,000 bond.Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said in a court affidavit Friday that Deputy Shawn Stephens responded to a domestic disturbance at 309 Harwood Road and when he arrived saw a man, later identified as 25-year-old Anthony G. Harwood, standing outside the residence near some burning weeds.

Cooper runs for coroner

January 25, 2010 John Cooper has announced his candidacy for Independence County coroner.“I have been a deputy coroner for the past four years,” Cooper said. “I have worked on numerous cases as deputy coroner, and I feel that I am qualified for the position. I have had a good working relationship with the sheriff’s department, the emergency medical service ambulance personnel and the first responders all over the county.

Berry retires

January 25, 2010 Washington, D.C. — After serving Arkansas’ First Congressional District for seven terms, Rep. Marion Berry announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2010.

Stolen marker of Civil War soldier returned

January 25, 2010 Thanks to the social-networking site Facebook, the stolen tombstone of a Civil War veteran who died in 1886 has been returned to Independence County.Dr. George Lankford of the local historical society reported in December that the tombstone containing the name Isaiah Hine and Co. C, 10th Mo. Inf., had been recovered by West Plains, Mo., police. No birth date or death date is on the stone.

‘Light geese’ may be hunted Feb. 1-April 25

January 22, 2010  LITTLE ROCK — Duck hunting in Arkansas is winding down. The state’s duck season closes after Jan. 31.But, the following day, goose hunters in Arkansas will have an extra three months to hunt “light geese” (snow geese, blue geese and Ross’s geese). A special snow goose conservation season will open on Feb. 1 and extend through April 25.