Hunters can help themselves by learning rules changes

August 28, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — If you want to be better prepared for the upcoming hunting seasons, a few minutes in your favorite chair with a book can be a major boost, Arkansas Game and Fish spokesman Keith Stephens said.The book is the commission’s 2009-10 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. It is 140 pages, including the cover, and it’s free at any AGFC office or license dealer.

Historic games to be played

August 28, 2009 POWHATAN — A Historic Games Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at Powhatan Historic State Park, interpreter Kristyn Watts said.Admission to the games is free.

Ceremony to honor Wilder

August 28, 2009 ConAgra Foods will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday dedicating the new electrical substation to the late Ron Wilder. Wilder began his career with ConAgra Foods in November 1989 as plant engineer. According to a news release, Wilder had a dream of creating an electrical substation that would eliminate/replace three high voltage transformers and their associated high voltage switches and secondary distribution gear outside the north end of the plant.

Service News

August 28, 2009 Norfolk, Va. — Navy Seaman Apprentice Dusty D. Maloch, son of Brenda L. and Rocky D. Maloch of Oxford, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Maloch completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Tip leads to drugs, wanted person

August 28, 2009 Three people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday morning after Batesville Police Dispatch got a call saying a white pickup truck was leaving the Ruddell Hill area occupied by three people, and that one of them, Jessica Burke, had active warrants.The caller also said the truck might contain illegal drugs and guns, according to Independence County Deputy Fred Friar. After spotting the truck turning from White Drive onto Highway 167 north, Friar said he stopped the truck near the industrial park area.

Swap meet planned

August 28, 2009 The River City Cruisers’ second annual Swap Meet will be Sept. 18 and 19 at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. The gates will open at 8 a.m.There will be spaces for automotive, craft and yard sale items.For more information call Roy Brister at (870) 834-1138.

FilmFest issues call for entries

August 28, 2009 Ozark Foothills FilmFest is currently accepting submissions for the ninth annual festival, set for March 24-28, 2010 in Batesville. The festival is non-competitive. Entries are accepted in three categories:• Official selection —  Narrative or documentary films 40 minutes or longer in length.• Indie film showcase — Narrative, documentary, animated, or experimental films less than an hour in length. Showcase films are screened in groups organized by genre or subject.

FNBC to hold event in Hardy

August 28, 2009 HARDY — The Family and Friends Flea Market will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the First National Banking Co. in Hardy, according to a news release.Spaces are available to all FNBC customers on a first come, first serve basis and are $10 each (space size is approximately the size of the parking spaces in the FNBC parking lot in Hardy). Vendors should bring their own tables and chairs. For more information, call Ruth Rogers at (870) 257-3262.

Doc & Connie to perform

August 28, 2009 Parkview Baptist Church will host gospel artists Doc & Connie at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.No admission will be charged, but donations will be taken, which are tax deductible. All proceeds will benefit Friendship Outreach’s Women’s Addictions Resistance Project 180.The church is located on Highway 167 just north of the athletic complex. For more information call (870) 698-9450.

Seminar on government finance to be in Mtn. Home

August 28, 2009 Mountain Home — Helping northcentral Arkansas city and county governments cope with rough economic conditions is the main topic of “Local Government Fiscal Crisis,” a forum set for Sept. 18 at the River Rock Inn & Restaurant in Mountain Home.The forum, hosted by the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development Corp. (NCARED), will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Gil de Lorenzo, executive director of NCARED, by Sept. 8 at (870) 424-7473,