Audit shows ‘unidentified balances’

June 8, 2009 ASH FLAT — An audit for Sharp County for 2007 recommends handling district court fine money in a different way, according to the report signed by June M. Barron, deputy legislative auditor.No money is missing, but about $71,051 in district court fines went into various accounts with unidentified balances, which could have caused a problem with the county’s internal control if not corrected, Barron said.The report was posted March 26 of this year.“We were in substantial compliance,” County Judge Larry Brown said.

Fourteen-year-old charged

June 8, 2009 MELBOURNE — An Izard County teenager has been arrested for raping an 8-year-old girl, Sheriff Tate Lawrence announced.The 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday and transported to the White River Juvenile Detention Center to await a court appearance.In other sheriff’s department activities:

Democratic House Caucus to tour Arkansas locations

June 8, 2009 Members of the Arkansas Democratic House Caucus plan to travel the state this month to talk to voters about the recently completed legislative session and to hear what Arkansans want to accomplish next year. “This is a great chance for us to get out and talk to Arkansans about the work we did in Little Rock, and more importantly to find out what they would like to see in the future. It’s as much a trip for us to listen as it is for us to talk,” Speaker of the House Robbie Wills said.The group arrived in Batesville Saturday morning.

Hydro bonds sink

June 8, 2009 Lawsuits, promises and the continual need to issue additional bonds were not enough to keep the hydroelectric project afloat, and the county has been notified that the bond holder will transfer the operation to new management.Tonight, members of the Independence County Quorum Court will learn what steps the bond holder plans to take the following claim the county has defaulted on the loans.ACA Financial Guaranty Corporations, the bond holder of the project, claims the county defaulted on its obligation, and plans call for Independence County to be removed from the project.

News of other days

June 5, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 18, 1996.

Village, Horseshoe Bend hunt applications ready

June 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Due to increasing nuisance deer complaints, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and four Arkansas cities have joined together to offer limited urban archery hunts to combat the overpopulated deer herd. Hunts in Horseshoe Bend, Cherokee Village, Bull Shoals and Hot Springs Village are scheduled for this fall. These special seasons require more of hunters than most, although it’s worth the effort.

Needham, Shaw win event

June 5, 2009 CAVE CITY — Andy Needham and Jason Shaw were first-place winners in Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Lake Norfork, tournament director Ron Watkins said.Needham and Shaw weighed in five bass totaling 10.6 pounds, including the biggest bass of the day, which weighed 3 pounds.Chad Tracy and Lee Rolins were close second-place finishers with 10.5 pounds and Mark Owens and Micah Beard came in third with 6.95 pounds.Twenty-five anglers in 13 boats competed.

Free Fishing Days to encompass two weekends

June 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Free Fishing Days of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will encompass two weekends this year, a change from past years in which only one Free Fishing Days weekend was offered.Free Fishing Days started at noon today and runs through midnight Sunday; and again from noon June 12 through midnight June 14.No sport fisherman, resident or non-resident, will be required to have a fishing license or a trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas during these times.

Use big baits to catch big bass

June 5, 2009 “Big bait for big fish” is more than wishful thinking. One of my friends uses hand-sized bluegills for flatheads in the Mississippi River. The best big-trout fisherman I know catches a dozen or more brown trout from eight to 15 pounds every winter, and his favorite lure is a seven-inch, rainbow-colored Redfin.

Blanchard Springs sets programs

June 5, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release. Activities often include outdoor amphitheater programs presented on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is fish and programs are: