Sanctuary to present program with live birds

November 2, 2009 The World Bird Sanctuary will present “an experience of the senses” with its Raptor Awareness Program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Brown Chapel on the Lyon College campus.The free event will feature hawks, owls, vultures and falcons, some flying just inches over the heads of the audience.“The program focuses on important topics such as conservation, respect for all living things, current issues facing raptors in the wild and how everyone can make environmentally responsible decisions,” a news release states.

‘Sampler’ offered in nut sale

November 2, 2009 The Independence County Conservation District is now taking orders for its annual nut sale, according to a news release. The deadline for ordering is Thursday.One new item this year is the Conservation Sampler for $35.75. The sampler contains 8 pounds of nuts in one-pound bags. Pecan halves, cashews, honey peanuts, chocolate amaretto pecan, double dipped peanuts, chocolate almonds, chocolate raisins and walnut halves/pieces are included in the sampler.

UACCB to host arts reception

November 2, 2009 University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will present an art exhibit and poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Row Johns Library rotunda.The exhibition will feature  “Small Works on Paper Retro Works 1989 — 1997,” while the poetry reading will feature works from  a creative writing class, a news release states. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit is sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council and The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.

Angels sought

November 2, 2009 United Way has partnered with the Department of Human Services to assist in making 2009 a successful year for children in Independence County who may not have a very Merry Christmas, according to a press release. DHS will be taking applications until Nov. 10 at 100 Weaver Ave. in Batesville. 

Bears hold memories

November 2, 2009 Verena Herrin wanted a way to remember her mother, so she made a teddy bear from an old quilt. After Herrin’s husband, Thomas, of 37 years died in January 2008, she made a memory bear from one of his flannel shirts. Now, she’s become the first volunteer in the Arkansas Department of Health Hospice’s Memory Bear Program.———“I like to sew,” said Herrin, who has made everything from Halloween costumes, dolls and toys to the occasional curtains, pillows and purses. Herrin also enjoys cross-stitching and quilting but said she’s never learned to crochet or knit.

Flood survivor threatened

November 2, 2009 Angry that a friend had died in a drowning earlier in the day, a Batesville man reportedly got drunk and went to the home of the man he felt was responsible and threatened him with a gun.Independence County deputies were dispatched to 100 Brashers Lane around 9:30 p.m. Friday after a 911 call reported that 54-year-old Nolan Hennings was at that address with a gun and wanting to shoot Jerry Hudson.Before the first officer could arrive, police were notified that Hennings had been disarmed, but was still in the front yard of the residence.

News of Other Days

October 30, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 12, 1996. 

Quota hunts canceled

October 30, 2009 Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge has canceled the 2009 Modern Gun Quota Deer Hunts, said Bernie Peterson of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.“Record rains have caused unprecedented flooding along the Ouachita River in both  Arkansas and Louisiana,” Peterson said. “At the current levels there is not enough available area that is not flooded to conduct these hunts safely. Information on this closure will be sent to permit holders with further details.”

Why not be tourist in your own state, columnist asks

October 30, 2009 Imagine big rainbow trout leaping out of quartz-clear water. Now, picture yourself floating gently down the river, fighting that leaping fish to the net. Taking advantage of world class trout fishing is easier than you might think.North Arkansas is the location, and fall is the perfect time to fish the White River.  Tourists are no longer crowding the water and the fish are biting. Enjoy fall colors as you leisurely float downriver, catching your lunch and viewing some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.

Man held for deportation after wreck

October 30, 2009  A man who reportedly said he was in the U.S. illegally is in the Independence County jail facing several traffic charges and possible deportation back to Mexico.David Pedraza, 26, of 535 W. Mark St., was arrested around 9:20 Wednesday night when he was stopped for speeding after allegedly leaving the scene of a private property accident, according to deputies Randy Jones and Patrick Collins.Jones said he was dispatched to Taco Bell on St. Louis Street where someone had hit a car and then left without telling anyone.