New Arkansas Water Trails Program creates statewide system

October 7, 2009 Though Arkansas is overflowing with water trails for canoeists and kayakers to explore, chances are most people only know about rivers such as the Buffalo, the Cossatot or the Mulberry.Arkansas Water Trails is aiming to change this scenario.The new program, initiated by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC), has been launched to create a system of water trails throughout the state.

Ex-jailer facing sex charge found dead

October 7, 2009 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A former Miller County jailer facing a charge of sexual misconduct with female inmates has been found shot to death.Authorities say the body of 55-year-old Patrick Drake was found outside a tire store in Bowie County, Texas, about 8 a.m. Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the head. Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Neal said it appears the wound was self-inflicted.Drake was due in court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing on a third-degree sexual assault charge.

Johnson County officials seize 100 dogs

October 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials seized nearly 100 dogs, six cats and two guinea pigs from several trailers on a rural Johnson County property Tuesday, where officials said animals were “cash crops” in a puppy mill operation.Sheriff Jimmy Dorney said a search warrant was executed Tuesday at the home outside Lamar, about 10 miles southeast of Clarksville, after the department received a complaint.“They weren’t pets. We believe at this time that these dogs were being used as breeder dogs,” Dorney said. “It was like a puppy mill.”

Agent gives tips on buying firewood

October 7, 2009 As winter approaches, some energetic people are already buying their firewood. Are you getting your money’s worth when you buy firewood?You need to ask a few questions before you spend your money.How much wood am I getting? The usual answer is a “pickup load.”  Generally speaking, a pickup load is about one-half of a cord.A standard cord, properly stacked, is 4 feet high, 8 feet long and 4 feet wide.A rick is also called a face cord. It is 4 feet high, 8 feet long and as wide as the sticks are long.

Woman battles mental diagnosis, deaths of those close to her

October 7, 2009 Manessah McCullough’s parents met in a mental institution.Her dad was a manic depressive who’d committed himself, and her mother was wheeled in on a gurney because of her second overdose.McCullough is 23 and has struggled with drug addiction for years, lost her husband and gone to jail before finally finding Luke 4:18 Lives. Getting sober wasn’t easy, but neither was McCullough’s path to addiction.———McCullough is the latest graduate of Luke 4:18, according to director Kristal Reeves. At her graduation she sang a song by Jeremy Camp called “My Desire.”

Sebelius: Americans must get swine flu vaccination

October 7, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appealed anew today for widespread inoculation against a surging swine flu threat, calling the vaccine “safe and secure.”Sebelius unconditionally vouched for the safety of the vaccine, saying it “has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out.”

Church to hold yard sale

October 7, 2009 FLORAL — Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, located on Highway 87 West between Floral and Pleasant Plains, will have an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.Items available include hunting equipment, household items, winter clothing (such as coveralls and coats), glassware and books, including Western, romance and adventure.Proceeds will go toward the new fellowship building.

Church sets homecoming

October 7, 2009 Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church will celebrate its homecoming Sunday. Guest speaker will be Jim Richardson.A potluck will follow the service. Contests for the prettiest apron and the ugliest tie will be held. Games for all ages will be held.

Symphony to perform

October 7, 2009 NEWPORT — The Arkansas State University-Newport NOON Concert~Lecture Series presents the Delta Symphony Orchestra in a special concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Center for the Arts on the ASU-Newport campus. The Delta Symphony Orchestra is lead by conductor Dr. Neale Bartee. The orchestra is the only professional symphony in the northeast Arkansas Delta region. The group has been entertaining, educating and enriching lives in the area for more than 30 years.

Poet to speak at WBC

October 7, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Poet Andrea Hollander Budy will speak at Williams Baptist College on Oct. 29. Budy, who is from Mountain View, will perform readings from her works starting at 7 p.m. in WBC’s Mabee Student Center.Budy is the author of three full-length poetry collections: “Woman in the Painting,” “The Other Life” and “House Without a Dreamer,” which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and college textbooks, including “Writing Poems,” “The Poets’ Grimm,” and “The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry.”