Writer: Don’t miss out on (yum!) summer mushrooms

July 18, 2008 Hunting morel mushrooms is one of the important rites of spring for many of us who make the outdoors a top priority. Not everybody who likes the outdoors hunts morels, but a whole bunch of us do.

Area 4-H’ers win at regional contest

July 18, 2008 Winners of the Regional 4-H O'Rama have been announced, according to the Independence County Extension Office. The event was held June 19 at Nettleton High School in Jonesboro. Local winners are:

CDC: Mississippi most obese state

July 18, 2008 ATLANTA (AP) - The South tips the scales again as the nation's fattest region, according to a new government survey.

Family & Friends Briefs

July 18, 2008 Benefit account set up An account has been set up at Bank of America to assist in the medical and funeral expenses of Christopher Franks. Deposits can be made at any Bank of America branch.

Area Briefs

July 18, 2008 Cedar Ridge to meet Newark - The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the board room in the central office.

Fair weather pays off with large number

July 18, 2008 Sunny skies, low humidity, pageants, livestock shows and live music helped pack the midway and exhibit areas of the Independence County Fair Thursday.

Archer gets court date

July 18, 2008 MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday scheduled a hearing later this month at which one of two men accused in the killings of four people aboard a fishing charter could plead guilty.