Deer hunting: Big business for little stores

December 5, 2008 COMBS (AP) - There may not even be a horse in this one-horse town. People drive through here to get somewhere else. There are no traffic signals, no neon lights, not even a working gas pump. "Don't blink or you'll miss it" applies.

Nature center to open near Clinton presidential library

December 5, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is to open a new nature center in Little Rock, the last of four of the centers that were built with money from a 1/8-cent sales tax approved in 1996.

Hard luck hunter asks, ‘Anybody want to buy a gun?’

December 5, 2008 The sky was just lighting up on the edges as we made our way into a little patch of national forest that always holds squirrels. After walking about half a mile as the sun gradually leaked through the leaves, squirrel sign started showing around the bases of trees - pine cone bits, pieces of white oak acorn shells. It was still too early for bushytails to be jumping about; it was the quiet time, just before everything starts chirruping, barking or eating.

Soldier sentenced in baby’s death

December 5, 2008 SEARCY (AP) - An Arkansas soldier has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his infant stepson. Patrick West pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of 5-month old Aiden Turnage. Authorities say Aiden suffered several skull fractures after he was slammed into a railing.

Tire fire breaks out at Arkansas industrial park

December 5, 2008 CAMDEN (AP) - A warehouse for Cooper Tire Company in Camden containing 100,000 tires caught fire Thursday. Officials are investigating the cause, and say the tires could burn for several days. Assistant Fire Chief Mitch Barnett said firefighters were called to the scene at Highland Industrial Park about 2 a.m. The building frame collapsed later and the fire spread throughout the 200,000-square-foot building.

Family raises sweet potatoes

December 5, 2008 WYNNE (AP) - The Matthews family has been raising sweet potatoes outside Wynne for over a hundred years. It's a sweet business, to get those orange beauties from their fields to your kitchen. You have to look hard to find a sweet potato farm in Arkansas. There are relatively few compared to our Southern neighbors.

Izard County JPs attend last meeting

December 5, 2008 MELBOURNE - Tuesday evening's Izard County Quorum Court meeting was the last for four justices of the peace. New faces will be seated at the quorum court in January. Leaving are JPs Thomas Rushin, Bill Savell, David Sherrell and Clovis Vest. Glendon Everett, Neil Olan, Karla Rush and James Simmons will be the new JPs on the quorum court.

Forgery charges filed; three men arrested

December 5, 2008 A felony forgery warrant has been issued for a Batesville man in a case dating back to December 2007, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk. In the affidavit, Sheriff's Investigator Lt. Brenda Bittle said the case originated on Dec. 31 of 2007 when the Exxon Tiger Mart convenience store called police to say a man was there trying to cash a check that didn't belong to him.

Family & Friends Briefs

December 5, 2008 'Our Town' auditions scheduled Auditions for the spring production Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in Holloway Theatre on the Lyon College campus with scheduled callbacks on Dec. 10.

BIRTH

December 5, 2008 Nathan Christopher Douglas Raymond and Marcie Douglas and Shawn of Charlotte have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Dec. 1, 2008. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Nathan Christopher Douglas.