Panfish make for springtime fun, good eating

March 20, 2009 Spring is spawning time for many species of fish, and one of the most fun to catch, especially for kids, are panfish.Defined as perch, bluegill, crappie, etc., panfish offer youngsters lots of action with the simplest of gear.A lightweight rod with a spincasting reel, light line, or even just a simple cane pole and line work for the hardware. Bait is pretty simple too. Worms, crickets, or jigs teamed with a bobber can make for some hot fishing action.

House OKs bingo tax cut

March 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The House has given final approval to a cut in the tax on bingo cards for charitable organizations.By a 95-0 vote, the House sent to the governor’s desk legislation that would cut the tax on the bingo cards by 70 percent. The House had earlier backed a full repeal of the tax, but the measure was amended on the Senate side to leave in place three-tenths of a penny for enforcement purposes.

Burglars get booze, karaoke, housewares, guitar

March 20, 2009 A suspect has been named in the theft of some $800 worth of liquor, a JVC home stereo system and 100 karaoke CDs, according to Independence County authorities.Joseph Brooks of Batesville told police that sometime between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday someone broke into his home and took the items from a game room, leaving a flat screen TV and tools behinds.Brooks said he got a call from a neighbor who gave him the name of an individual who might have been involved in the incident.The items taken were valued at $1,450, according to Brooks.

WRMC receives appropriation for expansion

March 20, 2009 White River Medical Center (WRMC) has received funding from the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (HR1105) passed by the House and Senate. The funding will provide upgrades to WRMC’s mammography, breast biopsy capabilities and expansion of the first floor, which includes upgrades to the cardiac catheterization equipment, facilities and expansion of the Emergency Department.

Lyon alum, family experience adventure in Singapore

March 20, 2009 Editor’s Note: Janet Fraley Circenis is a 1991 graduate of Lyon College in Batesville. She sent the college a first-hand account of an American family living in Singapore, where she, husband Konrad and son Thomas currently reside.Who is that hunched over, staggering up the hill in the pouring rain? Could it be Quasimodo? No, it’s just me, dragging my rolling shopping bag from the grocery store back to our apartment a mile away. This scenario occurs about three times a week. Why do I go through this strange ritual?

Fast, dirty action: Auto racing enjoys popularity throughout state

March 20, 2009 NASCAR racing is one of the most popular sports in the nation. The bright colors, smell of rubber, sounds of screaming fans and engines as the cars careen past create a concoction that seems to hook people to auto racing. In Arkansas, dirt track racing gives fans an opportunity to experience the action of a live race.

School’s week-long spring break starts Monday

March 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — Schools at Cave City and Evening Shade are taking a full week of spring break starting Monday and the last day of the school term will be May 28, Superintendent Steven Green said.The calendar change for the last day of school was made earlier this week.Eighty percent of the teachers and other school employees voted for taking the full spring break and making up two missed days by adding them onto the end of the calendar.

Fees for use of center discussed at Concord

March 20, 2009 CONCORD — During its March meeting, the Concord Town Council authorized Mayor Jim Thomas to use a sliding scale for charging to use the Community Center, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The usual fee is $45 for use of the center. However, some groups want to use the center all day long and some just need to meet there for an hour or so. The fee remains $45 for most uses, but in cases where only an hour or so is needed, Thomas now has discretion to charge a lesser amount, Pettit said.

Family & Friends Briefs

March 20, 2009 Couple to celebrate anniversaryGRANGE — The children of Boyce and Margaret Walling will host a reception for their parents’ 55th wedding anniversary.The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the couple’s home in Grange. All friends and family are invited. The couple requests no gifts. Single’s ministry to meet

WR library to host events

March 20, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — The Lawrence County Library will host events Saturday in relation to March’s being Arkansas Archeology Month.At 3 p.m., Arkansas Archeological Survey Station archeologist Dr. Julie Morrow will present a slide presentation entitled “From Foraging to Farming in Native Arkansas,” which will explore the questions of when, how, where and why the Indians of Arkansas selected and domesticated starchy and oily seed plants, such as sunflower, chenopod and maygrass.