Deputy collapses during hike

September 2, 2009 BENTONVILLE (AP) — Funeral services will be held Friday for a Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy who died after he collapsed while hiking near the Buffalo River.Benton County officials say 65-year-old Gary Dean Freeman was hiking with his daughter near Ponca on Monday when he collapsed.Freeman became a deputy jailer in 1998 and served as an animal control deputy, field deputy and civil department deputy during his 11 years with the office.Services will be held Friday in Bentonville.

Farm Service Agency news

September 2, 2009 Editor’s note: The following Farm Service Agency announcements are for producers in Independence, Sharp, Izard, Cleburne, Stone, Lawrence and Jackson counties, said Dee Anne Barnes, director of the Independence County FSA. Anyone with questions may call her at (870) 793-4164, Extension 107. 

Armyworms appear to be on march again

September 2, 2009 We’ve had reports of fall armyworms here in Independence County. High populations can significantly reduce forage and hay yields. The treatment threshold for fall armyworms is three or more worms per square foot.

Some garden ‘weeds’ are useful

September 2, 2009 WEEDS IN THE GARDENAs I have been trying to get my gardens cleaned up in anticipation of the arrival of gardening friends, I find I am spending a lot of time pulling out a vine that has sprung up everywhere. It has a beautiful flower, which looks a lot like its close relative, the morning glory. I have heard it called the love vine, because of the way it so lovingly wraps itself around its neighbors, usually in a counter-clockwise direction.

Boil water order issued

September 2, 2009 STRAWBERRY — A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for the Saffell area, state Highway 25 south of state Highway 361 of the Strawberry Water System until further notice, said manager Randy Richey.“Under the ‘boil water’ notice, all affected customers are advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use,” Richey said. “All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water used for making ice.”

Republicans to meet

September 2, 2009 The Independence County Republican meeting will be Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.A Dutch-treat meal will be at 6 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7.The event is open to the public.

Burglary, thefts reported to Independence County

September 2, 2009  A rash of break-ins of homes and autos has been reported across the county, but no suspects have been listed in the following reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:• Someone cut the hasp off a door lock at the new home of Raymond D. Berry on Maple Springs Road and stole a wood lathe dolly, a 20-inch TV, a home stereo system with turntable, and an assortment of hand tools, including three drill motors and four grinders.

Allen Chapel sets homecoming

September 2, 2009 Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church south of Batesville will hold a homecoming Sept. 13.A potluck dinner will be served following church services. “Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish and women are also asked to wear their best hats for a hat-judging contest,” according to a news release. Anyone with ties to the church is invited to attend, a spokesperson said.

Lake Charles Park to host World War II reenactment

September 2, 2009 Powhatan — Lake Charles State Park will be the site for a World War II reenactment. The event is open to the public.Living history will be going on throughout the day on Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., park interpreter Rachael Netrefa said.A World War II battle reenactment is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday. The park staff wants to personally invite any World War II veterans to attend to be recognized for their service. This event is to honor all who served in World War II. Veterans, family members and friends are encouraged to share their stories.