Donkey, mule races planned to mark Independence Day

June 19, 2009 Mountain View — Honoring the spirit of independence, the Ozark Folk Center is hosting several donkey and mule competitions on July 4. Competitions start at 9 a.m. Handlers can walk the courses beginning at 8. Any long-eared equine and their human companion can participate.The morning will start with a mail trail course. “Mail trails wind through the Ozarks and were a vital link from one community to another,” according to a news release.

10.25 lbs. wins event

June 19, 2009 CAVE CITY — Roger Brown and David Diemer won Saturday’s Cave City Bass Tournament on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend with a stringer weighing 10.25 pounds, tournament director Ron Watkins said.Thirty-six anglers participated in 19 boats.Chad Tracy and Sharh Tracy placed second with 7.85 pounds. Keith Lawrence and Danny Matthews came in third with 6.95 pounds.Clark Neal weighed in the biggest bass, a 4.75-pounder.The next tournament will be from 6 p.m. June 27 to 1 a.m. the following day, on Greers Ferry Lake out of the Old Hwy. 25 Ramp.

Snakes present outdoors photo challenge

June 19, 2009 I love to shoot snakes.They can be unpredictable in their movements and depending on their current state of mind just before I fire off a shot, they can be aggressive enough to get closer to me than I prefer.Whoa! Let me clarify something here. I’m talking about shooting them with a camera. I quit shooting them with guns a long time ago; besides, that’s against the law nowadays.

Teen arrested for theft, giving beer to minors

June 19, 2009 A night of alleged partying with minors, breaking into cars and taking drugs has a Kyler Road teen in trouble with the law, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Robert Moser.In a circuit court affidavit Moser said he was called to Kennedy Park south of the White River around 6 a.m. June 11 where a teenage boy had apparently overdosed on drugs that may have been stolen from a vehicle.

Jacksonport State Park to host day camp

June 19, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will host the Summer Science Day Camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 24-26 at the park pavilion.Children ages 6 to 12 will find explore the outdoors through games and activities, such as a Butterfly Hike, fishing clinic with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and designing camp T-shirts. The fee for day camp is $15 per child which includes a camp T-shirt. The fee is used to help pay the cost of materials used in the activities.

Tatting workshop set

June 19, 2009 POWHATAN — “Lace, Loops and Laughter: A Beginner’s Tatting Workshop” will be taught from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 at Powhatan Historic State Park, according to park interpreter Kristyn Watts.The registration fee is $15 per person.“Tatting, a very old form of lace-making, reached its peak during Victorian times,” Watts said. “Learn how to make bookmarks, lace collars, doilies and more with the Victorian method of tatting with a tatting shuttle.

Club News

June 19, 2009 Cave City EHCCAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met on June 15 at the Cave City Community Center. President Judy Breckenridge called the meeting to order and the group sang “Clementine.” “Words To Live By” were read by Evalynn Edgar. Roll Call was “My favorite piece of furniture.” Seven members were present. The minutes and treasurer’s reports were presented and approved.Plans were made for Cave City Club’s Educational Booth for the Sharp County Fair to be held in July.

Area Briefs

June 19, 2009 Car wash to be SaturdayThe University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Optimist Club will be sponsoring a free car wash 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Hawgs Exxon in Batesville. Donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go for the youth programs the club sponsors for the local community. Church offers reading program

Searcy man arrested in Pleasant Plains burglary

June 19, 2009 Clocked by police radar at 115 miles per hour, a Searcy man was arrested for burglary at a Pleasant Plains store Wednesday afternoon. He was later listed as the suspect in a residential burglary in the same area, according to local authorities.Michael W. Boozer, 36, who has an address of 512 Crain Drive in Searcy, was arrested after a burglary and theft was reported at the Corner Store just before 2 p.m. in which the suspect fled north in a Chevrolet Blazer, and followed by a store employee, Luke Nicholson.

Odyssey team competes at world finals at Iowa State

June 19, 2009 Seven middle-school students from Eagle Mountain Magnet have spent much of their free time over the past several months working on a skit based on “The Wizard of Oz” and the work has paid off.The Odyssey of the Mind team placed first at state competition, then went on to place 21st in its category at the 2009 World Finals held May 27-30 at Iowa State University.