During this season of the year, you may not be thinking about attracting a variety of birds to your home, but now is a good time to prepare the spring nesting season by making a gourd bird house.
Not only will you find out how to construct the bird house, but you will learn more about the birds of the season and how to attract them to your home. The limit for this workshop is 20 so reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381. Reserve by December 12, 2013.
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(Mountain Home) – A Midway man is in the Baxter County Detention Center after being arrested on Wednesday, December 4, on charges related to the break-in of a vehicle and attempted break-in of a private residence.
According to a report from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, a woman reported a break-in at her residence on Bartwood Lane. She informed the responding Corporal that the front door to her home was open approximately one inch, but the top door latch was still locked and no entry had been made. She also reported that her 2005 Ford Escape, which had been locked, had been broken into where a small safe from inside the vehicle had been pried open and various articles were missing; including mint coins, dollar pieces, change, keys, a hand tool, and foreign paper currency.
After an investigation and the recovery of some of the stolen property, authorities say 36-year-old Michael Downey was booked into the Detention Center on charges of two counts of breaking or entering, theft of property, and criminal mischief in the second degree.
Downey is being held in lieu of $25,000.00 bond, and he will appear in Circuit Court on December 5.
(Violet Hill) – An Izard County man died in a single-vehicle crash and Arkansas State Police say icy conditions may have contributed to the accident.
Officials say 75-year-old Paul Zerby of Violet Hill died at about noon Thursday when he ran off the west side of Spring Hill Road and hit a tree.
State police say Zerby was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash report says freezing rain was falling at the time of the accident and that the road was icy.
State police spokesman Bill Sadler says there are also indications that Zerby may have had a medical problem. The investigative report on the accident is still being compiled.
(Jefferson City) – Drivers beware.
With bitter cold temperatures settling in over a big chunk of the country, highway officials are warning people to stay off slick roads and, if they must go out, take extra care when getting behind the wheel.
Sgt. Mike Watson, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said drivers should prepare before leaving their homes, and gave the following tips:
- Make sure cellphones are charged, and bring a charger.
- Fill up the gas tank. Stash booster cables, blankets, flashlights and an ice scrapper in the car.
- Put a bag of sand or cat litter in the trunk, in case needed for traction if stuck in ice.
If you do get stuck on the road, call for help, he said. And while waiting inside a running vehicle, make sure tailpipes are clear from obstructions.
One other important suggestion from Watson: Stranded motorists should stay inside their vehicles while they wait for help. It could make it easier for emergency crews to find stranded drivers and it provides shelter, he said.
“If you start walking, especially in a storm, you could get lost fairly quickly, depending on the visibility. Don’t overexert yourself whether to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow. You can always tie a cloth or some brightly colored item to your vehicle,” he said.
Randy Ort, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Highway Transportation, has one other tip for drivers if they get stuck on a highway: Try to move over to the shoulder.
“If they do find themselves where the vehicle cannot go – we do ask that they do the best job to get it out of the travel lane,” he said.
23-year-old Amanda Maguire was arrested Saturday, November 30 on three felony charges of breaking or entering, the charges of felony substance fraud, and three theft of property charges.
A press release from the Izard County Sheriff’s Office states the charges stem from her entering into the Horseshoe Bend Animal Control facility and taking prescription drugs of another person, and that Maguire was performing community service she was sentenced to in another jurisdiction at the time of these incidents.
Maguire remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $5,000 bond.
(Yellville) – Two men from the rural Flippin area have been arrested on felony drug and theft charges.
20-year-old Ezra Jones and 20-year-old Jonathan Stuebinger were arrested Tuesday, December 3 after the Flippin Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the two. A press release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office states that on Sunday, December 1, deputies responded to a residence in rural Flippin, which had been burglarized and approximately $5000 in items had been stolen, including several firearms.
Jones was arrested on an active warrant for failure to pay fines and additionally charged with resisting arrest and fleeing. Stuebinger was arrested for obstructing governmental operations. Authorities say that several of the items from the December 1 burglary were located in the vehicle. The two also reportedly confessed to the burglary.
Jones was charged with Failure to Pay Fines; Resisting Arrest, Fleeing, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Residential Burglary, and Theft of Property; Total Bond $12,011.
Stuebinger was charged with Obstructing Governmental Operations, Residential Burglary, Theft of Property, Defacing a Firearm and Possession of a Defaced Firearm; total bond $10,190.
(Webster County) – An Ava woman was arrested Sunday morning on methamphetamine charges.
20-year-old Gabriele Henry was arrested in Webster County around 4 AM Sunday morning on felony methamphetamine charges, according to a report from Troop G of the Highway Patrol.
Henry was released after the arrest, according to the report.
(Mountain Home) – The ASUMH campus will be closed on Monday, December 9.
Christy Case Keirn, Director of Communications and Institutional Advancement, says the college will notify the public when information becomes available about an opening date.
Students are encouraged to check their Blackboard accounts for information from instructors.
(Jefferson City) – Missouri lawmakers approved a $1.7 Billion tax incentive package aimed at bringing job growth to the state.
During the special session called by Governor Nixon, the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved SB 1 offering specific tax incentives to the aerospace industry. This was in response to Boeing announcing they are looking to move production of their 777x airplane out of Seattle. Missouri’s incentive package offers up to $150 million per year for 10 years to aerospace companies who create new jobs in Missouri. The Bill is also contingent upon Boeing creating at least 2,000 jobs in the state by June 20, 2014. Average pay for these jobs is reportedly $75,000 per year.
Boeing already has a formidable workforce within the state, providing over 15,000 jobs. Other states being seriously considered are Alabama and South Carolina, both right-to-work states, with existing Boeing production locations. Boeing will reportedly make a decision regarding moving production of the 777x in January 2014.
(Ash Flat) – Elizabeth Fern has been named the Artist of the Month at the Ash Flat Library.
Fern, who was born in Texas, moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, as a teenager where her folks worked for the military. She and her husband raised three kids in Washington state.
She didn’t paint until she was over 50, when the beautiful Oregon coast was her inspiration. Since then, they’ve retired to Cherokee Village, she is learning to paint the hills and water of the Ozarks.
She’s had art classes with Patricia Corder at Ozarka College, Ash Flat, and is a member of Spring River Artists Guild and The Village Art Center in Cherokee Village.