Mammoth Spring plans Solemn Old Judge Days

August 27, 2009 MAMMOTH SPRING — Since 1988 Mammoth Spring has been commemorating George D. Hay’s visit to Mammoth Spring, which inspired him to begin the Grand Ole Opry, according to a news release.

School to sell bus, renovate concession stand

August 27, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District will hold its annual report to the public Sept. 15 at the Cord-Charlotte campus. Among other business at its recent meeting, the Cedar Ridge School Board also agreed to increase adult meal prices to $1.75 for breakfast and $3 for lunch to comply with Arkansas Department of Education regulations and reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, Breakfast and Afterschool Snacks that became effective July 1, 2009.

Travise Fisher completes Lincoln internship

August 27, 2009 Washington, D.C. — Travise Fisher of Batesville recently completed U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln’s (D-Ark.) summer internship program in her Washington, D.C., Senate office. Fisher is attending the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.“Giving young students an opportunity to serve the state through my Senate offices is one of the great joys of my job,” Lincoln said.  “Congressional internships allow students to experience firsthand the behind-the-scenes workings of the federal legislative branch.”

Tribute planned for Billy Lee Riley

August 27, 2009 NEWPORT — In the 1950s the Silver Moon Club in Newport was a spot where many early rock ’n’ rollers like Billy Lee Riley performed. On Sunday, however, family, friends and fellow musicians will gather at the club that sits along Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 to pay tribute to Riley, the Sun recording artist who died Aug. 7 at the age of 75. The show, which will include a number of different acts, is set to begin at 1 p.m. with each performance lasting about 20 to 30 minutes.

Police seek help in locating runaway

August 27, 2009 Local authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a teenager who ran away from a youth facility on Aug. 15.Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said 14-year-old Molly Corter had been interned at the Health Services Youth Center following a domestic incident against a family member.An employee of the facility, Joe Leary, told police that Corter had left the facility without permission around 8:30 p.m. and believed she may have been headed to the west Batesville area.

Panel eyes coordinator

August 27, 2009 Independence County may one day have its own part- or full-time election coordinator.The Independence County Election Commission met Tuesday morning to approve election officials for the annual school election, which will be Sept. 15 across the state, as well as discuss the need for a full- or part-time election coordinator.Commissioner Dwayne Millikin said the commission hopes to have something to present to the quorum court as it starts to work on the 2010 budget.

For best results, manage heifers for weight gain

August 26, 2009 The successful management of replacement heifers is a critical component of a profitable cow-calf operation. The period between weaning and breeding is a very critical time in the life of a heifer. At weaning, heifers are typically 7 to 10 months old and weigh between 450 to 600 pounds each. In approximately five to six months, the heifer will be exposed to the bull or artificially inseminated. It is critical heifers experience puberty and exhibit estrous cycles prior to the beginning of the breeding season so they are bred in the first 21 days of the breeding season.

Columnist recommends growing bay trees

August 26, 2009 I am particularly fond of a tree with the Latin name of Laurus nobilis. You probably know it simply as the bay tree or even as sweet bay.Some people think it can only be grown in warm climates and don’t realize it can be grown as a houseplant. I know people in our area who have successfully grown bay trees outdoors, but they do so with careful consideration of its location. It will survive all but the coldest winters here if it is planted close to a house where the warmth from the walls provide the right climate for it.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, 77, dies after cancer battle

August 26, 2009 HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 77.In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, served alongside 10 presidents — his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them — compiling an impressive list of legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration and more.

Ozarka to offer GED test 

August 26, 2009 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 and 23 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, Sept. 8 and 22;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Sept. 14 and 21;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Sept. 1 and 8;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Sept. 2 and 10.