Bass event time changed

September 25, 2009 The starting time has been changed for Saturday’s Batesville Bassmaster tournament on Greers Ferry Lake, secretary Colin Patterson said.The tournament was originally set for 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. but it is so dark at 6 that for safety reasons tournament officials decided to start the tournament at “first light” instead, Patterson said. “First light” will probably be sometime between 6:30 and 6:45, he said.The ending time remains the same. The boats will launch from Hill Creek Ramp.Those who want to prepay their entry fees may do so at Triangle Sports.

Fall turkey season’s gone

September 25, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has voted to cancel the fall turkey hunting season over concerns that the bird population was getting too low.The commission voted 4-3 Thursday to cancel the fall season, though the spring hunting season remains in place. A spokesman for Game and Fish says that the spring season is the more popular time to hunt turkeys.The fall season was to begin next week.——Information from: KTHV-TV, http://www.kthv.com

Trapping workshop set

September 25, 2009 MOUNT IDA — Want to learn more about trapping? A workshop is being held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 to give interested people tips and techniques for trapping in Arkansas, according to a news release.The workshop is sponsored by the Arkansas Trappers Association, Southwest Arkansas Fur Takers, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and North American Fur Auctions. Both advanced and beginner classes will be available.The workshop will be held at Camp Clearfork near Mount Ida on Highway 270.

Three hunters score elk in state this week

September 25, 2009 PONCA – If at first you don’t succeed…Horace Smith believes in the old adage. He kept trying.And he came up with a fine 6x6 bull elk that weighed 801 pounds on the second day of the September 2009 elk hunt in Arkansas’ Buffalo River country.The hunt opened Monday, and closes today. Four hunters have bull permits, and there is a quota of three elk in a simultaneous elk hunt on private lands.

Work continues clearing ice storm debris

September 25, 2009 POCAHONTAS – Work continues on three of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas that received the heaviest damage during this year’s ice storm. In the first week of work by contractors, workers have completed about 40 percent of the initial contract work on Dave Donaldson Black River WMA, 40 percent on Big Lake WMA and about 50 percent of the debris removal on St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA. Barring any significant weather-related delays, the projected completion dates for the debris clean-up will be well ahead of the 45-day contract limit.

AGFC fans multiplying

September 25, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — With more than 4,000 people following the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Facebook and Twitter, the state’s outdoorsmen are staying informed using social media. The social media networking project is designed to promote public participation and expand the AGFC’s ability to share information with the public. According to the commission’s Web developer, Angela Sanchez, social media networking gives the public another opportunity to stay informed on such items as hunting season dates and educational programs.Getting connected is simple.

Batesville High School Class of 1949 to hold 60-year reunion

September 25, 2009 THE BATESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1949 will hold its 60-year reunion Oct. 2-3, with class members registering at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 in the West Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, where Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh will welcome the class, according to a news release. Then, on Oct. 3, the class will host an open house for class members as well as friends and other BHS alumni at 10 a.m. in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank. “Come and renew acquaintances,” the release states. For more information call Mary Bossi Harmon at (870) 793-5049 or (870) 307-1147.

Area artists to play at Caldwell

September 25, 2009 CALDWELL — Former Sun recording artist and rock ’n’ roll legend Sonny Burgess of Newport and Rockin’ Luke Stroud of Cave City, along with the rest of Stroud’s band, The 50s Beat, will kick off the entertainment at the Caldwell Cotton Pickin’ Festival at 6 tonight, Burgess said.Burgess will play lead guitar, Jean Hendrix of Tuckerman will be on drums and Doug Greeno of Weiner will play bass guitar, with Stroud on piano and vocals.At 7, Burgess and his band, the legendary Pacers, take the stage for their own show.

Home burglarized, camper trailer stolen

September 25, 2009  Police have no suspects in the case of a home that was burglarized on Breezy Lane sometime in the past month while the homeowner was away.Cheryl A. Wiles told sheriff’s investigators Monday that she had been gone on vacation most of the summer, returning home periodically for short stays.Wiles said that when she returned home approximately a month ago she noticed that someone had broken into her home through a kitchen window and stolen several items valued at $1,340.

Independence County DAR

September 25, 2009 The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held its September meeting in the George Rider Room, First Community Bank. Regent Linda Carol Cooper of Melbourne welcomed members and guest Debbie Branscum of Salem, a prospective member.National Defense Chairwoman Betsy Benton reported on the importance to our nation’s history of the musical bands in the various branches of military service. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin organized the first to be established — the Army.Cooper read the Flag Minute and the Indian Minute.