Barn owls are assets to farms

June 17, 2009 ASH FLAT — A predator of the night, the barn owl possesses extraordinary senses of sight, hearing and flight ability. Due to its secretive habits, little is known about the status of the barn owl in Arkansas.However, we do know that barn owls live in the open around farms and small towns, hunting for small rodents in grassy areas and wetland edges.Barn owls do not actually build their nests but use existing structures. The loss of nest sites and the loss of the owls’ hunting grounds are thought to have caused a decline in barn owl populations.

Take care of horses when it’s hot

June 17, 2009 Horses are unique among farm animals.  They are not raised for a food source, but are raised to be athletes, with work as their primary function. They are asked to do many different types of work from racing to trail rides.During the hot and humid weather, horses generate a significant amount of metabolic heat during exercise that must be dissipated to prevent injury from heat.

Research your plants: They may be toxic to pets

June 17, 2009 This rainy spring has brought with it a lot of mushrooms. There is a very dangerous mushroom that is common in the South, especially in late summer and fall. It typically grows on lawns throughout the U.S. and is often found in “fairy rings.”A puppy or curious dog can be killed by eating it.Dogs do NOT have an instinct to avoid lethal substances. Of course, young children are in danger also. If a child is familiar with mushrooms that you use in cooking, they may not think that those in the yard could be harmful.

Father jailed during child welfare check

June 17, 2009 A man who had threatened police later changed his mind and agreed it was “too hot to fight” after a Taser was deployed but not activated on him Monday afternoon.

Batesville Ballet will host Dance Day Camp

June 17, 2009 The Batesville Ballet, Etc. will be hosting summer Dance Camp June 22-25. The camp is available per day or as a four-day session.Day camp for children ages 4-8 will be each morning from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Day camp for children ages 9-14 will be from 1:30-4 p.m.Campers are to wear dance gear or comfortable clothes with dance shoes or socks.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 17, 2009 ‘Grease’ auditions slatedAuditions for “Grease” are taking place from 6-9 p.m. tonight through Thursday The event is sponsored by Fusion Dance Academy and tryouts are being held at Stars and Stripes Gym on Harrison Street in Batesville.Ages 14 and up are asked to be prepared with a song or monologue when trying out.For more information call (870) 307-8008. UACCB Optimists set car wash

UACC-Morrilton sets trip to Ireland in 2010

June 17, 2009 MORRILTON — The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Alumni and Friends Travel Program will host a “Shades of Ireland” guided vacation tour April 18-27, 2010.The tour is open to a limited number of participants from the community of all ages, and interested individuals need not be UACCM alumni members.

Southside choir performs well

June 17, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside High School has some of the best singers in the state — and the nation, for that matter. The SHS Choir Department ended the 2008-09 school year very well, according to choir director Angela Weaver. While competing at the region level, the Senior Concert Choir and Senior Madrigals both earned Division I (Superior) ratings in both performance and sight reading categories.

NCARED hears of unique offering by ADC Prisoners, private sector can benefit one another

June 17, 2009 CALICO ROCK — Businesses that are seeking to expand but are not yet in a position to construct a facility and hire a traditional workforce may be able to utilize inmate labor.The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development board met June 9 in Mountain Home and heard from Steve Edwards from Arkansas Correctional Industries (ACI), who described a unique program that provides inmate labor to businesses seeking to expand.

BAAC event is Monday

June 17, 2009 The Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) is gearing up for its Summer Celebration fundraiser, set for Monday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse.