Frozen plumbing is no pipe dream

December 4, 2009 TEXARKANA, Ark. — Frozen or broken water pipes can cause damage to homes during extreme cold, and homeowners should take steps to ensure their plumbing is safe, said Doug Petty, Miller County Extension staff chairman for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.“If pipes in the walls aren’t properly insulated, they can freeze and rupture,” he said. A crack in a pipe just one-eighth of an inch thick can release up to 250 gallons of water a day — soaking floors, rugs and furniture.Make sure to take steps to prevent damage. These include:

4-H contest winners move up to district

December 4, 2009 Several Independence County 4-H’ers will be moving on to a regional competition after the county Illustrated Talks competition on Nov. 16 at Southside Middle School. Twenty-four 4-H’ers participating in the local contest. This activity is important in devolving the life skills of public speaking, according to the Extension office. The winners will be eligible to participate at the Regional O’Rama at Jonesboro in June. They are as follows:HealthCloverbud — Natasha Hightower, Diamond T, first;

Man in power chair killed

December 4, 2009 PARAGOULD (AP) — Police at Paragould say they’re investigating the death of a man who suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a vehicle as he guided a motorized chair along U.S. 49-B. The vehicle then apparently sped away.Officers say David Brian Smith was found in a ditch by a passerby about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital, but pronounced dead about midnight.Police say they’ve located a suspect vehicle, which matches evidence collected at the scene, but no arrest has been made.

Palin fans push for 2012 presidential run

December 4, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Lynn Giese calls Sarah Palin the best thing that’s happened to the U.S. in a long time, and the 57-year-old housewife says she’d work tirelessly for the former Alaska governor were she to run for president in 2012.“I’d do anything, go anywhere,” said Giese, of Bokoshe, Okla., while waiting in line at a Sam’s Club in Fayetteville where Palin signed copies of “Going Rogue,” her best-selling memoir.

State helps lead fight to keep, bear arms

December 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Last week, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel took legal action to protect Arkansans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, authored by Attorney General Greg Abbott of Texas and co-sponsored by McDaniel, 38 state attorneys general explain that law-abiding Americans have a fundamental right to bear arms — and that local governments cannot simply disregard that right and impose an outright ban on handgun possession.

Ol’ ‘pro’ learns lesson the hard way

December 4, 2009 Lessons learned in the field always prove to be some of the best memories for the future. My son, Taylor, is ashamed of his not-so-famous father for making what he called a rookie mistake on a recent deer hunt.To fully understand his unwavering dissatisfaction in my hunting abilities, I will give you a quick rundown from preseason preparation, up to the hunt itself.

Workshop scheduled at state park

December 4, 2009 POWHATAN — A Lace, Loops and Laughter: Intermediate Workshop is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at Powhatan Historic State Park, interpreter Kristyn Watts said.The registration fee is $15.“Do you want to learn more than just the basic chain stitch and ring?” she asked. “Learn new techniques such as splicing — adding on a new thread — making a split-ring, the shoelace knot, and the Josephine knot in this half day workshop. Two shuttles will be needed, and with two weeks advance notice we can supply them.

Holiday gift lists shrink, but who makes the cut?

December 4, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — Gift givers are getting ready to cut.Against the backdrop of record high unemployment and other financial struggles, people are taking out their holiday gifts lists and finding themselves having to cross off friends, relatives and co-workers this year.“Like the rest of the world, this economy has me cutting almost everyone off the gift list,” said Trish Bonsall, who lost her job as a sales manager for a new home builder in June. “In the past, it was a very long list. This year, we’re cutting it drastically.”

Vital Link announces classes

December 4, 2009 The Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class will be offered by Vital Link from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville. The fee is $25, which covers the cost of the textbook and CPR card.The health care provider CPR class will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 17. The fee is $40. To register for either class, call (870) 793-3351.

‘Date night’ child care offered

December 4, 2009 Batesville First Assembly’s marriage and family program, Family Connections, will be hosting free child care for monthly date nights as long as there is interest, according to a news release.