Digging for worms is ‘half the fun’

May 22, 2009 In the long-dead decade of the 1950s, I was a mop-headed kid whose favorite thing in the whole wide world was bream fishing. Luckily, my Dad liked to fish almost as much as his son did, and we went more weekends than not.During the week, when Mom and Dad were at work and kids like me were pretty much left to their own devices, I fished practically every day. The unruly mob of fellow mop-heads I ran with and I would ride our bicycles to the many reservoirs and irrigation canals that laced the countryside near the small town where we lived.

Turner, Walker win event

May 22, 2009 CAVE CITY — With 10.25 pounds of bass, Shawn Walker and James Turner were winners of Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Greers Ferry Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.Walker and Turner also won the big bass pot with a 3.2-pound fish.Tracy Hunter and Michael Holt weighed in 9.7 pounds to place second.Third place ended in a tie. Mark Owens and Micah Beard had 9.05 pounds, and so did the team of Keith Lawrence and Danny Matthews.Seventeen boats were in the tournament and 103.6 pounds of fish were caught by the 31 participants.

Children turn the pages of the world

May 22, 2009 Sandy Malone’s third-graders think the world of a new book in their classroom.It’s called “Our Changing World” and was written and illustrated by the class of 8- and 9-year-olds at West Magnet Visual & Performing Arts.The class wrote about natural changes, changes people make and changes in people, then it was published for free by Nationwide Learning Inc. Each edition is hardbound with 52 pages of written words and full-color drawings by the students.Jacob England wrote about his fear of swimming and how he faced that fear.

Ozarka to offer GED test 

May 22, 2009 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. June 4 and 18 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, June 2 and 16;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, June 1 and 8;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, June 2 and 9;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, June 1 and 11.

Club News

May 22, 2009 Cave City EHCCAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met on May 18 at the Cave City Community Center.President Judy Breckenridge called the meeting to order and the group sang “America.” “Words To Live By” were read by Rosanne Stitcher. Roll call was “Do you know your LDL level?” Seven members were present. The minutes and treasurer’s report were presented and accepted.The Cave City Club was hostess club for the Sharp County Extension Homemakers Council meeting that was held on May 8.

Ozarka College presents diplomas to graduates

May 22, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College graduates and their guests filled the John E. Miller Auditorium for 2009 graduation ceremonies May 7.The ceremony began with an invocation given by Dr. Wright Pillow of Mountain View. Ozarka College interim President Tina Wheelis welcomed everyone and introduced members of the Ozarka Board of Trustees, Foundation board members, Ozarka’s Administrative team, and other dignitaries who were present for the ceremony.

Area Briefs

May 22, 2009 Melbourne author publishes second Fisherman Jack book

Jonesboro soldier dies in Baghdad

May 22, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — An Army medic from Jonesboro serving in Baghdad was among three American soldiers killed Thursday when a bomb was set off in a vehicle at an outdoor market, his family said.Paul Faris Brooks, 35, was on his second tour in Iraq, according to his mother, Barbara Brooks.She said a military chaplain and sergeant arrived at her home around 4 p.m. Thursday to notify the family of the death.The blast occurred in Baghdad’s southern Dora district, where a bomb exploded near an American foot patrol, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Fair adds new features to this year’s schedule

May 22, 2009 A new carnival, a Veterans Appreciation Day and a School Day/Kid’s Day are some of the new features for the 2009 Independence County Fair.The fair will be July 21-25, and general fair information, schedule of events and contact persons may be obtained from the fair’s Web site, www.icfair.com.EntertainmentEach evening’s entertainment will begin at 8 at the pavilion. This year the fair will feature Michael Peterson, Randy Houser and Ronnie McDowell, all country artists, and a variety show with a new group, Florida Boys.