The red fox that wouldn’t be beaten

February 25, 2011 Foxes are supposed to be clever and also sneaky. This is a tale about a red fox that excelled at both of those talents.He was a handsome devil, with red hair, black eartips, paws and whiskers that were always kept impeccably groomed. He was like a flash fire, the same bright orange-gold and with the same explosions and eruptions of erratic movement. The first time I saw him he was suspended halfway up the welded wire on his cage, barking at a passing tractor. Seconds later he was sitting almost posed in his hay pile.

Agriculture Museum opens ‘Plantation Faces’

February 25, 2011 SCOTT — The year was 1935. Rural America was suffering, especially the farm families and workers. The Farm Security Administration Director wanted to document these hard times through photographs and oral histories.

Wife: Parman ‘walked the walk’

February 25, 2011 In 1945, Bob Parman was too young to enlist in the military. Instead, at age 15 he hitchhiked to California to join the Merchant Marines because he’d heard they were hiring. Bob had no way of knowing World War II would be ending soon, but that may not have stopped him anyway. He was determined to serve his country, and for 27 years he did exactly that, flying dignitaries, generals and even the vice president of the United States.Bob Parman of Batesville died Tuesday. He was 81.———

House passes annual sales tax holiday

February 24, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House on Wednesday passed a measure that would grant a sales tax holiday during the back-to-school shopping season, even as the Joint Budget Committee pondered an accounting quirk that puts the state on the hook for $23.5 million to pay for state workers for leap years and other odd days.State employees won’t get an extra check. The problem is one of accounting for extra days that accumulate over the course of a decade.

Winter Wonderland camp held for adults with disabilities

February 24, 2011 A recent overnight “Winter Wonderland” camp was held for some 20 campers and volunteers from the local Network of Community Options organization, according to Lisa Pinkston, administrative assistant and NCO camp director. “The camp was held for adults with developmental abilities as a fun outing rewarding all their hard work the past year,” Pinkston said.

Temblors again rattling Ark.

February 24, 2011 GREENBRIER (AP) — More small earthquakes have been recorded in central Arkansas by the U.S. Geological Survey.No injuries or damage is reported.The U.S.G.S. reports a 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 12:35 a.m. Thursday. A quake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.0 and recorded at 2:12 a.m. was downgraded by the U.S.G.S to a 2.7 magnitude. A 2.8 magnitude temblor was recorded at 5:18 a.m. and 3.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 9:03 p.m. Wednesday.All were located between Greenbrier and Guy — about 40 miles north of Little Rock.

Midland student wins contest

February 24, 2011 Laken Gravitt, a fifth-grader at Midland Elementary, has won an award for an essay submitted to the Daughters of the American Revolution.Gravitt won first place overall for her essay entitled “Memoirs of Paul Revere,” which was recently submitted to the Arkansas State DAR for judging. She will be awarded a silver medal and a certificate at a lunch on March 19 during the Annual Arkansas State DAR Conference to be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock. The contest is held every year and is always centered on a theme in American history.

United Way taking applications for 2012 funding

February 24, 2011 Gary Thomas, chairman of the Agency Relations Committee for the United Way of Independence County, has announced that applications are being accepted for 2012 United Way funding. Applications must be completed and filed with the United Way office by March 31. Any applications received after that date will not be considered for funding. An applying organization must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization providing a direct and meaningful service to the people of Independence County and must have been in existence for at least two years.

Church to host concert

February 24, 2011 CHARLOTTE — Sharp United Methodist Church will host The Front Porch Gang for a concert of old-time country and bluegrass music.The concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The church is located at 1100 Gainesboro Road, off Highway 25.

Flash flood watch issued

February 24, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A flash flood watch has been issued for 12 counties in eastern Arkansas, where heavy rain is expected as a spring-like storm system enters the region.The National Weather Service says Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph and St. Francis counties will be under the watch through Friday morning.Forecasters say the storm will pull a lot of moisture into the region from the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in persistent heavy rain that could add up to one to four inches.