Easy perennials for your garden

April 13, 2011 When it’s winter and you are sitting there thinking about things you didn’t get done in the fall and what you want to do in the spring, before you start that “to do” list and that “to buy” list, give some thought to a few easy to grow plants that will give you years of return for your buck.Plan and prepare a spot in your garden for early spring planting.Asparagus (Liliaceae)

Gardener tells why, how to raise vegetables

April 13, 2011 We have been paying record high prices at the grocery store and at the gas pump, and the experts have told us to expect these prices to increase throughout the summer. Due to high fuel costs, families are cutting back on their travel plans for this summer and will be spending more time in their yards.Because of this, many people are turning to vegetable gardening for enjoyment and to save money.

What’s in a name? It may link Calif., NY cold cases

April 13, 2011 SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Roxene Roggasch. Carmen Colon. Pamela Parsons. Tracy Tafoya.Authorities have finally arrested the man they believe murdered those four women from 1977 to 1994. But the alliteration in the victims’ names has investigators wondering if Joseph Naso is responsible for other killings whose similarities seem too strange to be coincidence.

Army 1st Lt. awarded

April 13, 2011 CAVE CITY — First Lt. Samuel Weston of Cave City has been awarded the U.S. Army Achievement Medal for exceptional meritorious achievement, according to a news release. Weston was instrumental in a construction of a Live Fire and Movement Range at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Weston served as a construction officer in command for the new firing range from Oct. 14, 2010 to March 13.

Weight loss group to meet

April 13, 2011 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.Jennifer Lambert will lead the discussion. For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

Trumann officer fatally shot

April 13, 2011 TRUMANN (AP) — A police officer has been shot and killed during a traffic stop in northeast Arkansas.Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher told KAIT that 30-year-old officer Jonathan Schmidt was killed in the shooting about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in Poinsett County, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock.Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says the state police sent agents to Trumann at Rusher’s request to investigate the shooting.Rusher says Schmidt and another officer stopped a vehicle and were walking toward it when Schmidt was shot.

TEA Party to rally

April 13, 2011 The Independence TEA Party is sponsoring an “After Tax Day” rally from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kennedy Park (on the south side of the river) in Batesville.Keynote speaker Curtis Coleman will discuss “Now is the time.” Also, organizers will announce the winner of the essay contest held for seventh- through ninth-grade Independence County students. The theme of the essay was “How Will the Federal Debt Affect Me.” Cash awards will be given to winning students.Barbecue sandwiches and drinks will be served.

Oxford man arrested for theft by deception

April 13, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has dealt with its share of drunks, drugs and other offenses, said Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Among the arrests:• An Oxford man was charged Friday with four felony counts of theft by deception. Rex Keith Treftc, 40, is accused of obtaining money and using equipment he did not own as collateral and/or selling the equipment after ussing it as collateral and paying for equipment on closed bank accounts. Treftc is free on $20,000 bond pending a court date.

Sulphur Rock annexation plans move ahead

April 13, 2011 SULPHUR ROCK — Plans to annex some property into the Sulphur Rock city limits were discussed during the city’s recent monthly council meeting, according to minutes of the session provided by Recorder-treasurer Anne Heathwaite.Greg Hodge asked the city to annex his property. Hodge gave Mayor Glenda Reding a description of the property located on North Wilson Street.Reding will send the description to City Attorney David Horn to start the annexation process.

Workshop assists displaced workers

April 13, 2011 Whether trucking chickens or supervising a 12-man crew, for 21 1/2 years Donald Hamm of Southside strived to put in an honest day’s work.But work as he knew it ended in March when Townsends of Arkansas in Batesville became Peco Foods and he and more than 140 others found themselves without jobs.Townsends, a third generation family-owned poultry company based in Delaware, filed bankruptcy in December and in February sold $76.4 million in assets, $51.4 million of which were bought by Peco.