The Weekend Events

February 24, 2011 Friday• ICARE Paws & Claws Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Izard County Fairgrounds, Melbourne. Call (870) 368-5000.• Free story time for toddlers and preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Old Independence Regional Museum. Crafts included. To schedule a group, call (870) 793-2121.• Live music with Robin “Bird” Goodwin, 6 p.m., Cinnamon Stick Sandwich Shoppe, 151 W. Main, Batesville. Music covered will include classic rock, country and more. Free admission. Full sandwich and coffee menu available.

Huckabee toys with White House run

February 24, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Huckabee isn’t tamping down speculation of another presidential run. But he isn’t doing much to prepare for one.The winner of the Iowa caucuses in 2008 doesn’t sound all that enthusiastic about another bid as he travels on a nationwide book tour that includes early GOP primary states. Also calling into question how seriously the former Baptist pastor is weighing a candidacy: He plans to spend part of the summer in Alaska hosting a cruise.

Calico Rock’s history celebrated in museum

February 24, 2011 CALICO ROCK — Calico Rock is one of Arkansas’ most storied communities, dating back to the days of Spanish explorers. The new Calico Rock Museum is a bridge between the town’s heritage and culture and the unique experience of visitors. Chartered in June 2008, the museum is located in the historic Bank of Calico Rock on Main Street. The board of trustees adopted the vision and focus for the museum in July 2009, setting forth three themes for collections and exhibits: “The Development of Calico Rock,” “Calico Rock as an Economic Center” and “Everyday Living in Calico Rock.”

Watkins release causes quandary – Prosecutor demands sheriff not honor terms of bond

February 24, 2011 ASH FLAT — Wayne Watkins is back, but he’s not quite a free man.The 63-year-old developer who has been living in Mexico made an appearance this morning before District Judge Mark Johnson while his defense attorney and the deputy prosecutor argued over what would be a fair bond.After nearly an hour of debate and testimony, a bond was set but while arrangements were being made for Watkins’ release, Prosecutor Henry Boyce sent an order demanding the sheriff not honor those terms.

Davis stumps for White House seat

February 23, 2011 John Davis’ first foray into politics is a lofty one: President of the United States.Davis, who lives in Grand Junction, Colo., said he heard a calling to run, and last October he announced his intentions to become the 45th president of the United States.“I’ve never been in politics before in my life,” he said Tuesday morning. “God spoke to my heart about a year and a half ago to run for president.”

Grazing workshop set

February 23, 2011 A grazing workshop will be held at 6 p.m. on March 1 in the Cave City Middle School Safe Room, said Kerrie Brightwell of the Sharp County Conservation District.Rotational grazing practices will be presented by State Grazing Lands Specialist Ron Morrow.A complimentary meal will be served, and registration is requested so the servers will know how many meals to prepare.

February is time to plant, prune

February 23, 2011 February is a good month to prune existing trees and to plant new ones.  Normally, try to plant them at the same depth that they were grown at before they were transplanted. For bare-rooted plants, the depth is indicated by a difference in stem color.  Plants sold in containers with a ball of soil around the roots need to be planted at the depth of the ball of the soil. Azaleas and dogwoods are especially sensitive to planting depth.Fertilization isn’t recommended during transplanting, as it’s too easy to put too much in the hole — and too much is worse than none at all.

Poultry chain deadline nears

February 23, 2011 ASH FLAT — Sharp County 4-H’ers are reminded that their poultry chain order is due to the Sharp County Extension office by Friday, said 4-H program assistant Annie Lester.“If you are not currently a member of 4-H and are interested in the poultry chain program, it is open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19,” she said. “These chicks are free of charge to all 4-H members wishing to participate in the project.”  Each 4-H poultry chain participant will receive 25, one day old Bovan Brown pullets which are from commercial stock and are excellent layers, she said.

Friends in Great Places tickets still available

February 23, 2011 Tickets are still available for the third annual Friends in Great Places Concert, set for 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Ramona Jones and the Grandpa Jones family will join area musicians for this year’s concert, which will feature acoustic music including folk, bluegrass, contemporary, gospel and ole’ time.

BBBS bowled over by bank’s generosity

February 23, 2011 The second annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas will be March 5 and April 2 at Hollywood Bowl in Batesville. “The Big Brothers/Big Sisters program is an investment in the future of our area,” said Boris Dover, president and chief operating officer of First Community Bank. “We are excited to do our part in bringing our community together for a fun event that pays off by impacting the lives of at-risk children.