Feral hog population on the rise

September 7, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Feral hog populations in Arkansas are growing, and wildlife officials are concerned about the damage the animals are doing to wilderness areas.Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Officer Chris Majors said damage by the hogs is evident in all 75 counties in the state.Majors told the Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home that the hog population in Arkansas is “exploding.” He said the problem is so severe in Texas and Oklahoma that lawmakers there have legalized shooting the animals from helicopters.

Yard sales planned

September 7, 2009 UNION HILL — The Union Hill-Thida Extension Homemakers Club will have its annual yard sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Union Hill-Thida Fire Department, located at 1825 Thida Road.The club is asking for donations of clothing, furniture, toys and other items, which may be dropped off between 1 and 4 p.m. Friday at the fire station.For more information call Wilma Roberts at (870) 264-3294 or Lana Hightower at (870) 264-9365.———SIDNEY — Sidney will have a city wide yard sale Saturday.For more information call Tabatha Higgins at (870) 283-4978.

Dealership raises money for Cedar Ridge district

September 7, 2009 NEWARK — The Ford Drive One 4 UR School program will give area residents the opportunity to raise money for Cedar Ridge School District by test driving a 2010 Taurus, Fusion Hybrid, Flex or F-150 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the 15th Annual Times-N-Traditions Festival at Newark City Park. The park is located at 10th and Long streets.Ford Motor Company and Harris Ford of Newport will donate $20 to the school for each participant who test drives one of these vehicles. The event could raise up to $6,000.

Four arrested for drugs

September 7, 2009 MELBOURNE — Four drug-related arrests were made Thursday night at a residence off Day Road in Horseshoe Bend, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.A driving while intoxicated arrest in Fulton County Thursday led sheriff’s deputies to the house occupied by Charles Russell Earle at 310 Green Valley Road in Horseshoe Bend, Lawrence said. “A search of the house and area was conducted and several items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were discovered,” the sheriff said.

GOP seeks more input on lottery

September 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Republican leaders say they have been largely excluded from decision making in setting up the Arkansas Lottery.Only one Republican sits on the state Lottery Oversight Committee, which includes a dozen members, six each from the House and Senate.Republican Rep. Brian King of Green Forest says giving both parties a voice is part of the checks and balances system.

Lindsay to present free lecture

September 7, 2009 C.L. Lindsay will present “Campus Computing: From Free Speech to Facebook” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Nucor Auditorium on the Lyon College campus.

Ark. Dems prepare for primary

September 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Democrats say they’re preparing for a primary to select a nominee for a vacant state Senate seat.Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Todd Turner told Gov. Mike Beebe in a letter dated Thursday that the party will begin preparing for a primary for the Senate seat vacated by Sharon Trusty of Russellville. Trusty announced last month she was leaving the Senate for family reasons.

Library moves forward with restoration

September 7, 2009 Through a restoration effort, restrooms at the Independence County Library are on their way to being more handicap-accessible.The library board agreed Thursday to hire Larry Bolin and B.V. Builders of Batesville to renovate the bathrooms of the building which has housed the library for more than 30 years.Other businesses that placed bids were Lusk Construction, LLC, M&A Jones Construction Co. Inc. and Smith Plumbing. B.V.’s bid was for $39,000.

Be a Santa to a Senior project seeks volunteers

September 7, 2009 Be a Santa to a Senior. That’s the name of a new program being introduced to Independence County this fall.Clay Talley, franchise owner with Home Instead Senior Care, said the program has been held in Mountain Home for the last two years and has “had a great run.”

Get Your Motor Runnin’

September 7, 2009 Five years ago Karla Richardson would have never considered owning a motorcycle let alone riding one by herself. She was content to ride on the back of her husband’s bike.Then she got a divorce.“And I never got to ride,” she said. “I missed it.”Two years ago, however, Richardson met Susan Stephens and a group of women who showed her that riding a motorcycle doesn’t always require a man.“The weekend I met them I got home and bought me a motorcycle,” the 36-year-old said, laughing.