Early seasons set

July 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The unofficial opening of the state’s hunting season was set during Thursday’s Arkansas Game and Fish Commission meeting in  Little Rock, AGFC spokesman Keith Stephens said.Commissioners approved the early migratory bird seasons for 2009-10.Mourning dove and Eurasian collared dove seasons will be Sept. 5 to Oct. 18 and Dec. 5 to Dec. 30. The season length is 70 days with a 15-bird bag limit.A special early teal season will be Sept. 12 through Sept. 27. The season length is 16 days with a four-bird daily bag limit.

Clean tackle boxes save time for fishing

July 24, 2009 The only thing a fisherman hates worse than a dirty, junky tackle box is cleaning it up. It can be a time consuming job, and the best time to do it is while you aren’t under any fishing pressure.Normally no fishing pressure means in the dead of winter, but with recent triple digit temperatures, summer can be a good time to straighten up what you messed up in the spring.Set aside a couple of hours to devote to a serious cleaning and repair session.

Local insurance agent earns recognition

July 24, 2009 The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research has announced that Amanda Dickey is the 2009 Outstanding Certified Insurance Service Representative of the year, according to a news release.To qualify for the honor, Dickey wrote a winning essay, in addition to demonstrating outstanding service and professionalism within the insurance community, according to a press release.Dickey has been employed by White River Insurance Agency since 2002, starting as a receptionist and became an agent in 2006.

Arrest made in theft case

July 24, 2009 A 38-year-old Batesville man has been charged with felony theft of property following an incident July 16 in which he reportedly stole four tires and wheels, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.In the affidavit, Mundy said that deputies were dispatched to a rural Independence County residence concerning a report of a man being at a residence where he wasn’t supposed to be.

Family and Friends Briefs

July 24, 2009 Account set up for babyAn account has been opened at Liberty Bank for Caden Taylor Hillis, son of Bartley and Tammy Smart Hillis, to defray medical costs incurred during his stay at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.He was born July 9 with myocardial non-compaction, a rare heart defect, on the left side of his heart. He is now on a ventilator and is stable. Ozarka to hold registration

WBC to hold classes at Bradford

July 24, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College will again offer fall semester classes in Bradford. Registration will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at Bradford High School. Classes begin on Aug. 17.Three-hour classes will be offered in Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Modern Math for Elementary Teachers I and Modern Math for Elementary Teachers II. Four-hour classes, which include a lab, will be offered in Physical Science, Biological Science and Chemistry I.

Area Briefs

July 24, 2009 High temps expected in state

Fair weather increases crowds, security issues

July 24, 2009 Along with the improvement in weather conditions, attendance at the Independence County Fair has increased, and so have security issues, according to Sheriff Keith Bowers.“After Tuesday’s washout with all the rain, the weather has been perfect for going to the fair,” Bowers said. “But we want folks to remember that an increase in numbers also means an increase in potential problems and people should be aware of what’s going on.”

Sharp County Fair gets under way Tuesday

July 24, 2009 ASH FLAT — Six contestants will seek the Miss Sharp County title as the county fair gets under way Tuesday for a five-day run, pageant director Sue Billiot said.Contestants include Tiffany Duke, 18, of Evening Shade; Madison Fuller, 16, of Highland; Megan Graddy, 17, of Evening Shade; Ashley King, 16, of Hardy; Amber Moore, 19, of Cherokee Village; and Tiffany Redwine, 19, of Hardy. The pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the pavilion on the fairgrounds, just east of Highway 167 about four miles south of Ash Flat.

Volunteers work behind scenes

July 24, 2009 Pageants. Educational exhibits. Livestock. ­These are a few of the things that people have come to expect at the Independence County Fair. But there are also countless people working behind the scenes to make sure everything is up and running smoothly.Most of those are volunteers working on the fair board.Imogene James, Steve Millikin, Madeline Southerland, Pam Lloyd, Matt Lloyd, Linda Brooks and Paula Lovell are a few of the people who work tirelessly to make the fair happen.