Weatherford to run for Cushman mayor

February 18, 2010 CUSHMAN — Jean Weatherford of Cushman has announced her candidacy for mayor of Cushman.Weatherford served as secretary/treasurer for Cushman City Council in the mid 1990s but resigned to accept an administrative assistant position with the Foster Grandparent Program at White River Area Agency on Aging in Batesville. She retired from that position in 2003. She joined Cushman Pleasant Valley Cemetery board as secretary/treasurer and has served in that capacity since June 2007. She is a past president of Cushman Alumni Association and the current secretary/treasurer.

Men pushing stolen golf carts are charged with 25 burglaries

February 18, 2010 ASH FLAT — While Sharp County Deputy Gerald Traw was investigating burglaries of camper trailers at River Bend Park just west of Hardy on Tuesday, Cherokee Village officers came across two men pushing golf carts in the village.“While Deputy Traw gathered information on the 25 trailers that had been burglarized ... he learned that two golf carts were missing,” Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

Expo, banquet set for Feb. 27

February 18, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and White River Health System will host the 2010 annual Primetime Business Expo Feb. 27 to showcase all chamber members.The expo will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in Independence Hall with the annual awards ceremony following at 6 in the auditorium. The keynote speaker for the event is Sen. Blanche Lincoln. Tickets to the awards ceremony are $10 per person and are on sale at the chamber.

Batesville chamber hires two new employees

February 18, 2010 Angela Connell and Michelle King have had to dive right in at their new jobs.Recently hired by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the two women are busy helping finalize details for the upcoming Prime Time Business Expo and Annual Awards Ceremony, set for Feb. 27.Connell is the chamber’s new membership director, responsible for member recruitment and retention, event planning customer service, grant writing and research.

Homes, hay burned; fence scaled at Dota

February 18, 2010 CORD — Annette and Johnny Ward were sound asleep early Sunday morning and had no idea one of their hay bales was on fire. Fortunately, a passer-by noticed and called for help.The arson was one of a number of crimes reported over the weekend to the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.“Our son Joey came in around 12:30 and the bale of hay was not on fire then,” Annette Ward said.

Gas pipeline may be extended

February 18, 2010 ASH FLAT — Whether a natural gas pipeline is extended north through Sharp County from a point just south of Evening Shade depends upon how many residents sign up for the service, County Judge Larry Brown told the quorum court Tuesday.A meeting to inform residents and allow for public input is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the new A.L. Hutson Sports Complex at Highland School, and Brown said he’s hoping for a good turnout.

Pasture improvement meeting, meal scheduled

February 17, 2010 All interested parties are invited to a grasslands/pasture improvement meeting at 6 p.m. March 2 in Cave City Middle School’s saferoom, said Kerrie Brightwell of the Sharp County Conservation District.“A meal will be served at 6 p.m. followed by (speaker) State Grassland Specialist Ron Morrow with the Natural Resource Conservation Service,” Brightwell said.

Forages often lack several minerals Needs increase dramatically in spring

February 17, 2010 Lush pastures will normally provide spring-calving herds with all the protein and energy  they need. What the forages often lack are minerals, according to the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas.Mineral needs increase dramatically in the spring, especially for females after calving. Cows and heifers need minerals to produce milk for their newborn calves.

Latest plan to cut farm subsidies dying on vine

February 17, 2010 MINNEAPOLIS  — If history and the political lineup are any guides, President Barack Obama’s latest effort to cut subsidies for wealthy farmers likely will fare no better than his first try — or his predecessor’s attempt.Congress twice overrode President George W. Bush’s veto of the 2008 Farm Bill. When Obama tried reforming the system last year, his proposal was dead on arrival on Capitol Hill, where farm state lawmakers largely control the agriculture committees.

Arrest made in death of mayor’s son

February 17, 2010 MALVERN (AP) — A man on parole from the state prison has been arrested for first-degree murder in the shooting death of the son of Malvern’s mayor.Assistant Police Chief William Ross says 23-year-old Timothy Allen Wells was arrested Tuesday for the Sunday morning death of 30-year-old Shane Northcutt. Northcutt was found dead about 4:30 a.m. Sunday a few blocks from his home.Ross declined to discuss a possible motive for the shooting or say what led police to consider Wells a suspect. Wells has not yet appeared in court and jailers say they don’t know if he has an attorney.