Writer gives ABC’s of managing your land for quail

June 26, 2009 When Grandpa was a kid, there were lots of quail. Subsistence farming was the way things were done, and there was a family on every 40.Each had a cornfield, a garden, a few small row-crop fields, a pond, a cow pasture, a weed-grown junkpile and probably a woodlot.Fields were small and odd-shaped, turnrows and field borders were uneven and weedy, and in general everything was close together and a little shaggy. And almost every 40-acre farm had four or five coveys of “birds.”

$100,000 bond set in burglary case

June 26, 2009 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a suspect in the burglary and theft of property from a Pleasant Plains store and a nearby home on June 17, according to a court affidavit filed by Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Michael W. Boozer, 36, of Searcy was arrested in the incident following a police pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, according to the affidavit.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 26, 2009 BHS class reunion plannedThe Batesville High School class of 1999 is planning a 10-year reunion, according to Sara Whitaker. Classmates have gathered in an online forum and have scheduled the celebration on Aug. 7 and 8 in Batesville.Activities have been planned just for the grown-ups, as well as the family. For more information, visit the class Web site at www.batesville99.shutterfly.com or call (901) 288-7387. The last day to RSVP for the reunion is July 10. Ozarka to offer GED test

Area Briefs

June 26, 2009 Concord board to discuss funds

Southside hires Stevens

June 26, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Cushman High School’s former principal will be Southside Middle School’s new one. At a special meeting Thursday night, the Southside school board voted to hire Dion Stevens to replace former middle school principal Joe Franks who resigned from the position earlier this month. In a 4-0 vote, with member Glenda Mueller absent, the board voted to hire Stevens following a 45-minute executive session that allowed board members to interview and ask the candidate their own questions.

Storyteller uses day care’s philosophy

June 26, 2009 To see a child playing a game on the computer is not that unusual. It might be when the child is barely big enough to sit in a chair and see over the keyboard.The Learning Center, located in west Batesville, is seeing some great results from its new curriculum, Reggio Emilia, owner Sherri Traw said.Recently, the students had a visit from “Granny Gertie,” portrayed by Patricia Carreras.

Mobley, library grant discussed at meeting

June 26, 2009 The Independence County Library qualifies for a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but Justice of the Peace Tony Thompson hasn’t heard whether the library is following up on the opportunity.Thompson informed the quorum court Budget Committee Tuesday evening to a June 14 letter he had sent to White River Regional Library Director Debra Sutterfield, who oversees the Independence County Library, about the Gates Foundation.

Cave City man found with 100 lbs. of pot in casket

June 26, 2009 DALLAS (AP) — A casket minus a cadaver yielded nearly 100 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop by Dallas police.William Dale Crock of Cave City, Ark., was jailed today on $100,000 bail on a marijuana possession charge, plus traffic and seat beat violations. Records had no listing for an attorney for Crock.Crock was arrested Wednesday when bundles of marijuana were discovered under the casket’s cover and pillow.Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse told The Associated Press that the van turned up during surveillance on a suspected drug house.

News of other days

June 25, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 9, 1996.