AG: Don’t believe every text, could be ‘smishing’

November 18, 2009  LITTLE ROCK — “Phishing” is a term used to describe a con-artist’s attempt to solicit your sensitive personal information, usually electronically via email. While phishing schemes are not new, con-artists continue to come up with new ways to trick consumers into handing over sensitive information. Now, Arkansans can be subject to phishing schemes via SMS text message. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to warn consumers about this type of scam, which is often referred to as “smishing.”

Desha church to present chili supper, bake sale, craft fair

November 18, 2009 DESHA — The second annual chili/soup supper, bake sale and craft fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Desha United Methodist Church, located at 145 Jamestown Road in Desha.Several vendors will offer crafts such as birdhouses, jewelry boxes, wooden nativity scenes, handmade aprons, wreaths, jewelry and Christmas ornaments.Homemade goodies such as pumpkin pie, pecan pie, fresh apple cake, cookies, candies and snacks will be for sale.

Desha hair shop opens

November 18, 2009 DESHA — Nana Whittington, cosmetologist and owner, has announced the opening of her new shop, Dixie Do, at 2548 Heber Springs Road in Desha.The new shop offers cuts for men, women and children, perms, highlights, foils and massages for the face, hands and feet.Located in the Hair Gallery on Heber Springs Road, the family hair care shop is open on Saturdays only until June. For an appointment or more information, call (870) 307-2845.

Guided hikes offered in northern Arkansas

November 18, 2009 If you like hiking, but don’t know where to go, don’t like deciphering guidebooks, or don’t have someone to hike with, a new business called On and Off the Beaten Path offers tours to address those issues.The tours consist of guided hikes in the Ozark National Forest and Buffalo National River corridor in northern Arkansas. They are led by Daniel Knoll, Tracy White Buffalo-Nicholson and Nathan Metcalf, who together offer more than 50 years of combined wilderness experience.

Lab asked to rule on farmer’s death

November 18, 2009 Police say the death of a Magness man Sunday afternoon was probably from natural causes, but they are asking the state crime lab to determine the exact cause of death.The body of 58-year-old Denver Hightower of 27 Gleghorn Chapel Road was found slumped over his tractor by a neighbor, Catherine Griffith, around 5 p.m., according to Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar.Hightower was reportedly found slumped over between the flipped up tractor seat and the backhoe attachment and was unresponsive to police officers.

Great American Smokeout gives smokers reason to quit

November 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Stamp Out Smoking encourages tobacco users to participate in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday. The event is a national cessation day held every year by the American Cancer Society to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco and to help tobacco users quit, for at least one day, with the hope that they will quit for good, according to a news release.

Single’s ministry to meet

November 18, 2009 Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank in George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.The event is open to all Christian singles age 21 and over. This will be a Thanksgiving potluck meeting (snack foods) followed by a short devotion and then game time.For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

Nominations sought

November 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Arts Council is now seeking nominations for the 2010 Arkansas Living Treasure. Deadline for nominations is Dec. 11.The Arkansas Living Treasure designation is presented annually to recognize an Arkansan who is outstanding in the creation of a traditional craft and has significantly contributed to the preservation of the art form. Nominations of artists who work in traditional craft forms such as pottery, weaving, broom making, leatherworking, metalsmithing and wood carving are encouraged.

Bus tour to be in town

November 18, 2009 Hands Off My Health Care bus tour will arrive in Batesville at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Riverside Park.Featured speakers will be Jim Martin, Shawn Danko and Dr. Kathy Chenault, who will provide information and petitions to sign stating opposition to a government-run health care system for all citizens.The tour, which will also stop at Heber Springs, Mountain View and other Arkansas towns, is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity and Patients First.For more information visit

Cemetery managers, landowner dispute property line

November 18, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — The managers of a small cemetery in the White County community of Gravel Hill west of Searcy are at odds with the owner of adjacent land.Landowner Carthel Hodges says a survey found the property line is about 30 feet east of a barbed wire fence that’s marked the line with Gray Cemetery for years. Work on a new fence has left tire tracks on some graves and apparently would run across others while separating about two dozen more graves from the rest of the cemetery.