Man arrested for night hunting; car, gun confiscated

December 24, 2009 By Tony McGuffeyGuard Staff WriterIt was around 5 p.m. and getting dark outside when residents on Cedar Grove Road north of Batesville heard a gunshot. Knowing there were no legal hunting seasons open on Dec. 16, a call was made to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission requesting someone to investigate.“I got the call from Little Rock that a violation was in progress on Cedar Grove Road,” Wildlife Officer Sgt. Shad Pearce said. “They told me that someone was road hunting.”

Family, friends welcome Cossey

December 24, 2009 CEDAR GROVE — Alex Cossey’s first words to the crowd of family, friends and classmates greeting him at his home shows his sense of humor.“Don’t take my picture, my hair’s messed up,” he said, smiling, as a couple of family members snapped photos.Then, with his left hand on the controls of an electric wheelchair, he spun the chair around to face the dozens of people holding balloons and welcome home signs — with many of them wearing Alex Cossey T-shirts.“Boy, there’s a lot of people here,” he said.

Soldier spends time with family

December 24, 2009 FLORAL — There’s no place like home for the holidays.Just ask Sgt. 1st Class Adam Edmonds of Floral, who got Christmas off to an early start on Wednesday thanks to Operation Christmas Furlough, a project which, along with businesses from Jonesboro, Paragould and Walnut Ridge among others, helped raise more than $20,000 to bring area troops home on a 10-day leave to Arkansas. For wife Mandi, son Connor and twin daughters Ally and Kate it’s the best present anyone could have asked for.“I like to see my da-da, my daddy,” Ally said.

Officials inspect bridge after impact

December 24, 2009 A gravel barge hit the White River Bridge this morning, but the highway and bridge both remain open, officials announced.Workers from the Arkansas Highway Department, along with the Independence County Office of Emergency Management, spent a couple of hours this morning inspecting the Highway 167 bridge at Batesville for possible damage from a runaway barge.

LSU, UA develop new rice varieties

December 23, 2009 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. rice industry is making way for Jazzman.It’s a new variety of aromatic rice developed at Louisiana State University and being sold under several folksy-sounding labels — and it could become a viable competitor to the Thai jasmine rice that accounts for $350 million in U.S. business each year.Production at Jazzmen Rice LLC is expected to increase from 500 tons this year to 63,000 tons by 2011, said Andrew Wong, one of the New Orleans company’s partners.That would equal 18 percent of U.S. imports from Thailand last year.

Annual tree sale begins

December 23, 2009 The deadline for ordering trees and shrubs from the Independence County Conservation District’s annual sale is Jan. 28.The following trees are offered: red maple, white dogwood, tulip tree, scarlet oak, Eastern redbud, all at $4.50 each; and flowering cherry, $7.50 each.Shrubs offered include red crape myrtle, $4.50 each; old-fashioned snowball, $3.50 each; and sweet mock orange, $3.50 each.New this year are berry bushes: Thornless blackberries sand red raspberry bushes, $5.50 each.

Deadline nears for Master Gardener classes

December 23, 2009 Have you always loved gardening, but wanted to know more about it?  Are you interested in becoming part of a group whose members freely share their knowledge and skills with each other and the community?Then an upcoming Master Gardener training program is for you.  But hurry, because the application deadline is Jan. 11.  The fee for the classes is $45, which includes books and other materials.

Cold, wet weather increases energy needs

December 23, 2009 Cold, wet, windy weather conditions can increase a cow’s energy (TDN) requirements by 50 percent or more under severe conditions. Cow herds should be provided additional hay and/or high-energy feeds to maintain good herd performance. If these needs are not met, animal condition and rebreeding rates will suffer next spring.Well-fed animals can resist disease and parasites much better and also produce more milk which leads to heavier, healthier calves.

News of other days

December 23, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 8, 1997.