Desha hydroponic farm gets new owners, name

June 16, 2009 DESHA — Last year there was a national shortage of mint in the culinary world; earlier this year it was chives.As a result of these shortages, a local family was able to step in and help fill the void from their herb farm at Desha.Stan and Kim Hinkle are the new owners of a hydroponic operation that raises nearly a dozen type herbs for grocery stores all over the country.Since taking over the operation just a short time ago, the couple decided to upgrade and refurbish the farm.

Travel writer finds treasure in Arkansas Delta

June 16, 2009 I remember the months before my own wedding. It seemed like an endless task of appointments, showers, photography sessions and dress fittings. What I wouldn’t have given for a day or two to explore, think, and do something just for myself! When planning a wedding, finding these opportunities are rare; but if you have chosen to travel to Low’s Bridal in Brinkley, I invite you to seize the opportunity to find more than that perfect dress in Arkansas.

MASH camps get under way

June 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — MASH (Medical Application of Science for Health) camps are now under way throughout the state, the program’s 16th year to offer high school students the opportunity to experience a variety of health care professions in Arkansas, according to a news release.Some 400 students are taking part in the two-week programs at locations throughout the state. MASH is free to the students because of annual funding from several agencies and organizations.

Service News

June 16, 2009 San Antonio — Army Reserve Pvt. Caleb E. Goodman has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Cousins & Friends Reunion will be only one day this year

June 16, 2009 WIRTH — The 22nd annual Cousins & Friends Reunion will be one day instead of the usual two days this year, said Boyd Estes of Wirth, who helps organize the event.“The reunion was created by Coach Orwell Moore, owner and coach of the world-famous All American Red Heads,” Estes said.Moore, of Caraway, died May 19. He was 91.“All descendants and friends of the Moore, Estes, Short, Duke, Manry, Orr, Coggins, McCord, Godwin, Martin and Kent families are invited,” Estes said.

Club News

June 16, 2009 Arkansas EHCHOT SPRINGS — “TEAM: Together Everyone Accomplishes More” was the theme for the annual Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council meeting June 9-11 at the Hot Springs Civic and Convention Center.

Pryor’s mobile office to be in Newark

June 16, 2009 WASHINGTON — Problems with Medicare, Social Security or any other services involving the federal government can be discussed with Sen. Mark Pryor’s staff members when they arrive in Newark June 29.Pryor said members of his staff will travel in his mobile office to White, Woodruff, Jackson, Independence, Lawrence, Randolph, and Clay counties, in an effort to reach and help constituents in the region.

Guard prepares for mobilization

June 16, 2009 CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON — The soldiers of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 875th Engineer Battalion were notified this past weekend to prepare for another potential mobilization in support of operations overseas. Although an official alert order has not been received at this time, the National Guard Bureau has identified a portion of the unit as a possible source to fill an upcoming mobilization requirement in fiscal year 2010.

Museum to offer day camp

June 16, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum will offer two day camps in July based on the museum’s newest exhibit “Living off the Land — Season by Season.”“Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or go without” was a saying used by early settlers that works well to describe the theme of this camp experience, according to Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator. Campers will explore what life was like on the Arkansas frontier, what it meant to live off the land in a time when families depended on the environment to meet many of their needs.