Frensley to retire

January 28, 2010 Les Frensley has been through eight hurricanes, five or so tornadoes and more ice storms than he cares to remember. No matter what happens tonight, though, this will be his last battle with Mother Nature.Friday is Frensley’s last day as the customer service manager in Batesville. After that he’ll turn the reins over to Flave J. Carpenter Jr., who was more recently in community development for Entergy Arkansas.He joked that he’s been watching the weather this week, hoping he’ll go out with a “whimper” rather than a “bang,” at least as far as inclement weather is concerned.

Commission reminds poultry operators to register

January 27, 2010 The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and local conservation districts are reminding all owners of poultry feeding operations that the annual registration for such operations began Jan. 1 in accordance with the Arkansas Poultry Feeding Operations Registration Act (Act 1060 of 2003), according to a news release.Registration dates run through March 31 and affect any poultry feeding operation with 2,500 or more confined fowl.

Row crop production meeting to be Friday

January 27, 2010 By Stan CarterCounty Extension AgentThe Independence County Extension Service (weather permitting) will be conducting its annual row crop production meeting Friday at Wyatt Farms at Rosie. The meeting from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is free.Lunch will be catered by Al Crouch and is sponsored by 1st Community Bank in Batesville.  Stewart Runsick, Extension area agronomist for rice, will give an update on rice production.

Clark Knapp

January 27, 2010 Clark Deanne Knapp, 82, of Batesville died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, in a Little Rock hospital.Born Nov. 24, 1927, in Weston, W.Va., he was the son of Guy and Rose Braggs Knapp. He was of the Baptist faith.Survivors include his wife, Patty Knapp; a son, Mike Knapp of Little Rock; two stepsons, Rondal Moser and Greg Moser; four grandchildren, Jason Knapp, Brandon Moser, Jade Moser and Kayla Johnson; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor Knapp and Addalyn Bookout.He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mickey Wamsley Knapp; and a sister, Betty Knapp.

Police arrest four in drug, alcohol incidents

January 27, 2010 When Charles William May’s truck broke down at a local rest stop, he prayed for God to fix his truck. The answer he received came in the form of a police officer who found drug paraphernalia, earning May a trip to jail.Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins arrived at the rest stop on Highway 167 at Salado Creek, where a witness said May was acting disoriented, throwing his hands in the air and talking to himself.

Two arrested

January 27, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Pleasant Plains man and his passenger were arrested on drug charges Saturday after the vehicle in which they were riding was stopped for a traffic violation in Lawrence County, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the sheriff’s criminal investigation division.Bret Little, 24, of Pleasant Plains was arrested on two charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and marijuana) and for possession of anhydrous ammonia in an unlawful container.

‘Phantom’ power leads to higher electricity bills

January 27, 2010 MARION — Mismanaging the energy use of home appliances can lead to “power thieves” and “phantom loads” that siphon energy, leading to higher energy bills, said VeEtta Simmons, Crittenden County Extension staff chairwoman for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.Although home heating and cooling use more energy dollars than any other home system, there are other “power thieves” to guard against, Simmons said.  These include home conveniences such as TVs, computers and kitchen appliances.

Church to raise money for Haiti

January 27, 2010 CONCORD — Concord Missionary Baptist Church will hold a “Helping Hands for Haiti” fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.A spaghetti supper, silent auction and bake sale will be held with all proceeds going to the Hands and Feet Project Children’s Home, which also is helping to get supplies to smaller cities outside the capital city of Haiti.A free concert will feature Gary Rounds, Mike Foster, Kristi Wild and other area musicians.For more information call Brandon Weaver at (870) 612-4229.

Extension service to offer Best Care classes in Ash Flat

January 27, 2010 ASH FLAT — The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, is offering The Best Care classes beginning Feb. 16 in Ash Flat.The classes are designed for people who would like to learn more about caring for young children.The classes are free and are recognized as verified training through Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways.

Colleges forming consortium

January 27, 2010 CONWAY — Six two-year colleges from across the northern region of Arkansas are forming the North Arkansas Two-Year College Consortium (NATYC).The colleges are the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, Ozarka College in Melbourne, Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home and Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.