Batesville to honor Game and Fish director

February 18, 2011 A public reception to honor Loren “Gib” Hitchcock, a Batesville native who was recently named director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has been scheduled in Batesville for 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Josie’s at the Lockhouse restaurant on the White River. Hitchcock was born and raised in Batesville and graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management in 1975. He and his wife live in Conway.

Superior Care named finalist

February 18, 2011 Superior Senior Care has been named a finalist in Arkansas Business Magazine’s “Arkansas Business of the Year Awards” competition, according to a press release.Established in 1985, the company has grown to serve over 2,000 seniors statewide, some of which are served by the Batesville, Jonesboro, Mountain Home and Paragould  offices operated by Terry and Ruth Cullum.

Website launched

February 18, 2011 The Independence County Sheriff’s Department strives to serve, protect and defend, and now it’s hoping to better inform with a new and improved website.Independencecountyso.org, launched midnight Thursday, includes detailed information about wanted persons, inmates currently housed at the Independence County Jail and a registered sex offender locator map.The website, which will be monitored and updated every 24 hours, also will allow users to interact and connect with officials at the department through e-mail and social-networking sites such as Facebook.

Ark. vets lead effort on proper flag disposal

February 18, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — Local veterans want to let people know how to properly dispose of an American flag once it’s no longer fit to fly. Veterans Carl Mosby and Marvin Jumper recently collected 25 American and Arkansas flags from a drop box outside the Craighead County Courthouse. The flags will be given to local Boy Scout troops for ceremonious disposal. Last year Mosby collected 366 flags. That’s “one for each day of the year, plus one,” Jumper said.

House OKs new restriction on funeral protests

February 18, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House on Thursday placed new limits on how close protesters can picket funerals, as the Senate gave final approval to legislation allowing school districts to start their year earlier.The measures were among several approved by the Legislature as both chambers wrapped up their week.

ICE auditing hiring records

February 18, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is launching a new round of worksite investigations, maintaining the pressure on businesses to make sure they are hiring only people who can legally work in the U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday it has notified 1,000 companies of upcoming audits of their I-9s, forms that new employees complete, and of the identification documents those employees provided to show they are eligible to work in the U.S.

Sale OK’d – Townsend buy moving forward

February 18, 2011 The Delaware-based Townsends Inc., won court approval Thursday to sell almost all its assets to an Alabama-based poultry company and investment firm for $76.4 million.

Cave City Bass Club sets 2011 schedule

February 18, 2011 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Bass Club voted last week to shorten its 2011 tournament schedule from the usual 12 held in past years, said tournament director Ron Watkins.Only 10 tournaments will be held this year, plus the year-ending Classic which has also been a regular addition to the longer schedule.The decision was made mostly in anticipation of higher gasoline prices, Watkins said.

Youth expo set for April

February 18, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Fifth-grade teachers in central Arkansas are encouraged to enroll their classes in the fifth Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Youth Outdoor Expo set for April 26-27 at Lake Sylvia Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest.The free expo about 30 miles west of Little Rock is limited to 1,000 students each day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trout plan revisited

February 18, 2011 BENTONVILLE — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Trout Management Program will revisit the management plan for the seven-mile trout fishery in the White River below Beaver Dam in northwestern Arkansas. The current management plan was developed about five years ago.Since that time, management actions outlined in the plan were implemented and it’s time to determine if these strategies have worked and whether public expectations of the fishery have changed, according to Jeff Williams, AGFC trout biologist.