Fire chief shot by cop in court over tickets

September 4, 2009 JERICHO — It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn’t hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps.The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in court.

Traveling hunters need to plan ahead

September 4, 2009 Planning on making a trip for that hunt of a lifetime this year? If your trip involves carrying guns, future taxidermy or airlines, be prepared before you book your ticket or make reservations at that fancy lodge.Almost half-a-million Americans will travel outside of their home states to hunt this year. The experience of exploring and learning new areas can be great, but a lot of things can go wrong, and a thousand miles from home you won’t have the support system that is in place on home turf.

Season opens

September 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Dove season opens Saturday morning. One of the first things hunters need to do is make sure they’re HIP registered. Harvest Information Program is the formal name, but everyone from hunters to license clerks just call it HIP.

DESHA HIGH SCHOOL classes of 1950 and 1951 reunion will be Saturday

September 4, 2009 THE DESHA HIGH SCHOOL classes of 1950 and 1951 will have a reunion at 5 p.m. Saturday at Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Batesville. Earlier Saturday, at 8 a.m., the group will meet at Kelley-Wyatt’s for breakfast. For more information, contact Katie Hicks at (870) 793-6458 or Nona Jeffery at (870) 251-2891.

Conservation program announced

September 4, 2009 Enhance your conservation efforts with the new Conservation Stewardship Program. The Natural Resources Conservation Service has scheduled a meeting for 1 p.m. Thursday in the conference room of the Cooperative Extension Service at  1770 Meyers Street in Batesville to explain this program.Receive financial assistance while conserving the natural resources on your operation!  The stewardship program encourages producers to improve conservation systems by installing additional activities and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.

Hunters should be aware of number

September 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK  — A new number is impacting the lives of Arkansas deer and turkey hunters. They will get to know it – at least the ones who are successful in taking a buck, a doe or a turkey. The number is (877) 507-4263. Yes, it is toll-free. Call it from anywhere when you are ready to check your deer or turkey. That is the new system of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, replacing the check stations that were used for decades.

Maxville reunion to be Sunday

September 4, 2009 MAXVILLE — A reunion at the restored Old Maxville Log Church and Cemetery will begin with a potluck lunch at 1 p.m. Sunday, according to Billy Snow, who is helping organize the event. “We thought we’d allow time for everyone to go to their home churches before the reunion starts,” he said.

Police investigate desecration of Little Rock cemetery

September 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Police say vandals apparently broke into a mausoleum at one of the state’s oldest cemeteries, stealing an urn and attempting to pry open a casket.Little Rock police say a man searching for his lost dog called them Thursday night after seeing an exposed casket in a mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery. Police say the vandals stole the urn of James Greeley Jr., then attempted to pry open a casket.

Library, courthouse to close

September 4, 2009 In observance of Labor Day, Independence County Library in Batesville will be closed Saturday through Monday.The library will reopen at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.Also, the Sharp County Courthouse will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day, County Judge Larry Brown said.

Compassionate Friends to meet

September 4, 2009 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside Park in Batesville for its annual picnic and balloon release. This is a change in location for the group’s monthly meeting. The chapter will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings; members are asked to bring side dishes, drinks or desserts.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.