Tontitown settles with mayor

September 2, 2009 TONTITOWN (AP) — Aldermen in Tontitown have approved a settlement offer with the city’s mayor in his lawsuit against the city council.The council approved the offer Tuesday night, and city attorney Mark Dossett says he will present it to Mayor Joe Edgmon.Edgmon sued the council after it agreed in March to cap his discretionary spending at $1. That vote came after Edgmon vetoed a measure in January that would have placed a $250 limit on his spending.

2 plead guilty in cross burning

September 2, 2009 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Two men indicted in a cross-burning case in Donaldson have pleaded guilty to federal civil rights offenses, and two more suspects are due in court.On Tuesday, 20-year-old Jacob Wingo and 30-year-old Clayton Morrison admitted trying to intimidate a white woman and her three biracial children by sticking a wooden cross in her yard and attempting to set it ablaze.They each face up to 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines for conspiring to intimidate, criminal interference with the right to fair housing and making false statements to authorities.

Deputy collapses during hike

September 2, 2009 BENTONVILLE (AP) — Funeral services will be held Friday for a Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy who died after he collapsed while hiking near the Buffalo River.Benton County officials say 65-year-old Gary Dean Freeman was hiking with his daughter near Ponca on Monday when he collapsed.Freeman became a deputy jailer in 1998 and served as an animal control deputy, field deputy and civil department deputy during his 11 years with the office.Services will be held Friday in Bentonville.

Farm Service Agency news

September 2, 2009 Editor’s note: The following Farm Service Agency announcements are for producers in Independence, Sharp, Izard, Cleburne, Stone, Lawrence and Jackson counties, said Dee Anne Barnes, director of the Independence County FSA. Anyone with questions may call her at (870) 793-4164, Extension 107. 

Armyworms appear to be on march again

September 2, 2009 We’ve had reports of fall armyworms here in Independence County. High populations can significantly reduce forage and hay yields. The treatment threshold for fall armyworms is three or more worms per square foot.

Some garden ‘weeds’ are useful

September 2, 2009 WEEDS IN THE GARDENAs I have been trying to get my gardens cleaned up in anticipation of the arrival of gardening friends, I find I am spending a lot of time pulling out a vine that has sprung up everywhere. It has a beautiful flower, which looks a lot like its close relative, the morning glory. I have heard it called the love vine, because of the way it so lovingly wraps itself around its neighbors, usually in a counter-clockwise direction.

Boil water order issued

September 2, 2009 STRAWBERRY — A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for the Saffell area, state Highway 25 south of state Highway 361 of the Strawberry Water System until further notice, said manager Randy Richey.“Under the ‘boil water’ notice, all affected customers are advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use,” Richey said. “All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water used for making ice.”

Republicans to meet

September 2, 2009 The Independence County Republican meeting will be Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.A Dutch-treat meal will be at 6 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7.The event is open to the public.

Burglary, thefts reported to Independence County

September 2, 2009  A rash of break-ins of homes and autos has been reported across the county, but no suspects have been listed in the following reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:• Someone cut the hasp off a door lock at the new home of Raymond D. Berry on Maple Springs Road and stole a wood lathe dolly, a 20-inch TV, a home stereo system with turntable, and an assortment of hand tools, including three drill motors and four grinders.