Turkey permit application period opens

December 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK – Beginning this week, Arkansas turkey hunters may apply for limited permits on several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas for the 2010 spring turkey season, including one in Sharp County and one in Stone County, according to commission spokesman Keith Stephens.This year, the AGFC is accepting permits only online at https://www.ark.org/agfc/turkey/index.php. Applicants may also apply by calling the AGFC at (800) 364-4263 ext. 6359 or by contacting a regional office during normal business hours. The application period is open through Jan. 15

Hunters take 17 in Dec. elk hunt

December 18, 2009 PONCA — Under cold but otherwise favorable conditions, hunters took 17 elk during the five-day December permit hunt in the Buffalo River country, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.Thirteen of the elk were taken on public land of the Buffalo National River and the Game and Fish Commission. A total of 24 permits were issued by a random public drawing.Four elk were taken on private land, where hunters had landowner permission to receive their permits.

Public meetings set for Jan. 5

December 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Public input is a crucial component of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s process for setting hunting and fishing regulations, and the method of gathering public input will be slightly different beginning in January, commission spokesman Keith Stephens said..After a short discussion on the public input process at Thursday’s monthly commission meeting, a decision was made to hold five public meetings around the state to gather comments on hunting regulations proposals.

Outdoors show to be aired twice weekly

December 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Beginning in 2010,  “Talkin’ Outdoors at the Corner Cafe” will be broadcast twice a week. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission show normally airs each Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on KARK Channel 4.After Jan. 1, it will be rebroadcast every Sunday at 9 a.m. on KARZ Channel 42.The show is hosted by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Public Affairs Coordinator Steve “Wild Man” Wilson.

Youngsters get bicycles as rewards

December 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More than two dozen students at a Little Rock elementary school received big Christmas gifts a few days early.A ceremony was planned this morning at Wilson Elementary School so that 13 boys and 13 girls could each get a bicycle as a reward for outstanding work and good behavior. The gifts are going to the students courtesy of Academy Sports.

John 3:16 now selling turkeys, hams

December 18, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte is again selling smoked turkeys and hams for Christmas. The cost for a 12-15 pound turkey or ham is $39.95 each, and that includes tax.To place an order, call Dane Bawcom at (870) 307-4667 or the John 3:16 office at (870) 799-2525.John 3:16 is a spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions. It is funded solely on private donations.

Two-legged dog gives hope to disabled vets

December 18, 2009 LOS ANGELES (AP) — For several years, Jude Stringfellow and her Lab-chow mix have toured the country with a simple message: Faith walks.Born without front legs to a junkyard dog around Christmas 2002, Faith the puppy was rejected and abused by her mother. She was rescued by Reuben Stringfellow, now an Army E-4 specialist, who had been asked to bury other puppies in the litter.“Can we fix her? Stringfellow, then 17, asked his mom. “No, but maybe we can help her,” she said.

Kwanzaa continues, but boom is over

December 18, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — Four years ago, Evita Broughton celebrated Kwanzaa for the first time with her family — lighting a candle each night and discussing the respective principle.But she hasn’t celebrated the holiday since.“It felt like a school project that lasted seven nights,” said Broughton, 27, of Marietta, Ga. “I didn’t feel like I had that connection. I tried to share my experiences with others but no one else was celebrating it.”

C-Ridge eyes timber to help fund soccer field

December 18, 2009 NEWARK — Some of the proceeds to fund a future soccer field at the Cedar Ridge School District will be made possible by harvesting some of the campus’ biggest timber.Cedar Ridge School Board agreed Tuesday to allow the select harvest of such timber at the nature center and other areas on campus and use the proceeds to fund a soccer field, possibly located at or near the nature center area. The board agreed to have Chad Crabtree harvest the timber for 50 percent and 33 percent (of the gross) for red oak and gum trees, respectively.In other business the board:

Two arrested on drug charges

December 18, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — Bond was set at $165,000 Thursday for a Smithville-Imboden area man on his 39th birthday following his arrest the previous day, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the criminal investigations division of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.Jeff Malone and 27-year-old Kayla Harber of Viola were both arrested for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.