Felony theft, commercial burglary charges filed

June 4, 2009 A Cushman man, arrested for the early Wednesday morning burglary of the Cushman Country Store has been formally charged, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.Joseph Cory Slisher, 18, of 51 Smith Lane was arrested following a citizens call to police dispatch around 3:28 a.m. Wednesday saying the store was being burglarized by someone wearing camouflage clothing and riding a four-wheeler.

‘Catching By Net’: Museum to host fishing program

June 4, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum will present the program “Catching by Net” at 4 p.m. June 14. Jimmy Hughes and Diane Tebbetts will speak about how their fathers used fishing nets, how the nets were crafted and about the “River Rat” culture. Examples of the nets and the tools used to create them will be on display.

Same time, next year

June 4, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Three weeks out of the year, those who are acquainted with Lloyd Abbott know exactly where to find him.For the past 29 or 30 years Abbott could be found camped at the same time, at the same place at the Jacksonport State Park during Portfest.This year is no exception.At 82, he confesses the trip is getting harder and he now has to rely on help from family and friends to get his travel trailer in place.Abbott, who is a resident of Heber Springs, said his love for Portfest comes from growing up in Newport and living there for many years.

Escapee turns up

June 4, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County Detention Center escapee Mickeal Shaun Painter had slightly more than 48 hours of freedom before being arrested in Independence County and returned to the jail.A tip from the public led to the arrest.“We got a call at the jail letting us know that Painter had been dropped off at a vacant house on Egner Lane,” Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said. “We had him to call the Independence County sheriff’s office. They sent officers out there where he was reported to have been seen and picked him up.”

News of other days

June 3, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 14, 1996. 

Department honors 3 firefighters

June 3, 2009 The Ruddell Hill Volunteer Fire Department recently presented plaques and gift cards in recognition of three members for their 20-plus years of service to the fire department.The members recognized were Gary Tucker, chief; Roetta Tucker, treasurer; and Ray Knatcal, president. They are past officers. They were honored at a fish fry May 16.

Nursing grads honored at Ozarka

June 3, 2009 Melbourne — Practical nursing graduates at Ozarka College were honored at a Recognition Ceremony in the John E. Miller Education Complex on May 5.

Forage tips offered

June 3, 2009 The tail end of the Bermudagrass establishment season is the first half of June for a couple of reasons. Young plants need to develop enough size early in the growing season, while moisture is available, to be able to tolerate summer droughts.Also, they need to develop sufficiently before mid-October to be able to make it through their first winter.Occasionally, Bermuda planted later does survive the droughts and winter but the chances are much lower so early June is a good target cutoff date.HAY QUALITY

Ask a Master Gardener: About azaleas

June 3, 2009 Question: Some of the leaves on my azaleas have grown into big, green and yellow globs. What is this and what should I do?Answer: This is most likely a fungus disease called leaf and flower gall. High humidity and wet leaves provide the ideal environment for this disease to grow. If only a few plants are affected, pick off the galls and/or trim off the affected stems and leaves.

Academy recognizes student

June 3, 2009 The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that Whitley D. Poole of Batesville has been recognized as a student of excellence in mathematics.The academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.Poole, who attended Southside High School, was nominated for this honor by Fred Denison, a mathematics teacher at the school.Poole will appear in the USAA’s Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.