Ask a Master Gardener: Well-known weed makes salads, wine, more

May 20, 2009 Do you know which common weed has all of these nicknames: Time-table, Iris daisy, Fortune-teller, Piss-in-bed, Blow-ball or Priest’s crown?This is a very common weed that you all know, but it is not native to this continent. Perhaps, if I give you the French name, you will recognize it ... Dents de lion. (It gets that name from the foliage that reminded the French of lion’s teeth.)Yes, it is the cheerful yellow flower you see everywhere at this time of year, yet it is welcomed by few. It is the dandelion.

Prevention meds keep this disease under control

May 20, 2009 Anaplasmosis was a common issue among cattle producers last year. Also called anaplas, anaplasmosis is a cattle disease transmitted by blood-sucking insects.Outbreaks generally occur in late summer and early fall, and the severity of this disease is generally related to the age of the animal with older cattle being more susceptible. Producers who have experienced anaplas in their herd should consider using some preventative measures.

Batesville High School to graduate Friday

May 20, 2009 Graduation for Batesville High School will begin at 8 p.m. Friday in the Batesville High School Pioneer Stadium. (In case of rain, the event will be moved to Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.)Co-valedictorians are Clare Brown, Preston Caldwell, Grant McChesney and Jon-Michael Poff. Salutatorian is Megan Holifield.Sulphur Rock valedictorian is Leea Crabtree, and salutatorian is Elizabeth Callahan.

Church to hold homecoming

May 20, 2009 SIDNEY — Sidney Baptist Church will hold its annual homecoming Sunday.The worship service begins at 11 a.m. There will be a regular worship service with some special music. At noon there will be a potluck meal, followed by a program with music.The event is open to the public, especially anyone who has lived in Sidney or attended the Sidney Baptist Church in the past.

Jacksonport to present living history characters

May 20, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some may charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Friday

Memorial services slated

May 20, 2009 Two area cemeteries have planned memorial services for Sunday.Pleasant Valley Cemetery will begin its services at 1 p.m. with a message by Kenny Tharp. Music will be provided by members of his church and by Charlie Brooks, the McCance Sisters, Lennie Lee and Steve and Shari Gunther and singers from their church. There will be a short business meeting for the cemetery after the service. Pleasant Valley Cemetery is located three miles south of Cushman on Highway 69.Also, Alderbrook Cemetery in Desha gets under way at 2. The service is open to the public.

Diamond T 4-H’ers visit Missouri

May 20, 2009 OIL TROUGH — Seven Diamond T 4-H members were awarded a Missouri trip after completion of five activities. They were Cecile Harris, Keylee Harris, Cheyenne Reed, Brianne Reed, Bailey Reynolds, Keely Reynolds and Shelby Reynolds.

Weston music students honored

May 20, 2009 Students of the Weston Music Studio performed a piano and voice spring recital May 9 at Independence Hall, on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, under the direction of Dr. Sarah Weston.On a stage decorated with large colorful paper flowers and balloons, students ranging in age from 5 to 16 performed piano and voice pieces from beginning levels to very advanced.

Area Briefs

May 20, 2009 Benefit planned for 3-year-old girl battling brain tumor

Stimulus funds to be used for remodeling, renovations

May 20, 2009 Following the meeting Monday, the Batesville School Board met with a committee to look at recommendations on spending more than $3 million in federal stimulus funds.At the end of the session, the board voted unanimously to accept the plans.Plans include:• constructing a fully furnished EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) laboratory;• renovating two science classrooms, furniture and equipment;• remodeling the current media center, lounge and small offices into one large technology-rich media center;