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Harding University brightens up the holiday season

Harding University brightens up the holiday season

 

SEARCY, Ark. — Harding University students, faculty and staff will begin the holiday season Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at 6 p.m. for the annual Christmas lighting ceremony on the front lawn in the quadrangle near the American Heritage Center.

President David B. Burks will lead the crowd in a countdown at the end of which over 100,000 LED lights will illuminate the campus.

Preparations for the event have been underway since October when the physical resources department began hanging lights throughout campus. The lights will remain on into the new year, and Arkansans are encouraged to add the campus to their lists of light displays to visit this year.

There are many events happening on campus this holiday season. From concerts to plays, the whole family can enjoy Christmas at Harding. For more information, visit www.harding.edu/calendar or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/searcy and Twitter @HardingU.

White County 4-H at State Fair

White County 4-H at State Fair

The Arkansas State Fair is officially over, and many 4-H members from White County should give themselves a big pat on the back.  White County had several 4-H members participate in the different livestock shows and many walked away with prizes: Grand Champion ribbons, 1st-3rd place ribbons, an invitation to the Parade of Champions, a spot in the annual livestock auction, plus many invitations to the Purple Circle Banquet.  

The Purple Circle Banquet is held every year in order to recognize Junior Livestock exhibitors (both 4-H and FFA) who have achieved Grand Championship designation (or its’ equivalent) with their livestock show project at the Arkansas State Fair.  This program is sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation.

Ross Wingert of the Rose Bud Mavericks 4-H Club had the Grand Champion American Bred Commercial Heifer and was invited to participate in the Parade of Champions.

Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips

Trick-or-treating is a fun adventure for children and parents. Keep it fun by preparing yourself and your children for a safe night out, beginning with these basic safety tips from Sheriff Larry Sanders of Garland County.

  • Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility.
  • Check your local law enforcement agency's website for registered offenders residing in your area.
  • Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit.
  • Remind children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
  • Let your know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.
  • Teach children to bring treats home before eating them.

Pumpkin pulp, seeds can spook your plumbing system

Pumpkin pulp, seeds can spook your plumbing system

Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns an age-old Halloween tradition. However, it can turn into a plumbing nightmare if the pulp and seeds go down the garbage disposal.

With the usual increase in clogged kitchen sink drains and jammed garbage disposals plumbers see this time of year, Mr. Rooter Plumbing is already prepared for the spike in calls. 

"We stay busy during Halloween because people don’t realize the pumpkin’s stringy, slimy substance hardens and sticks to the pipes,” said Glenn Gallas of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Arkansas. “Our service professionals are on call 24/7, so we can repair the plumbing emergency and get our customers back to their Halloween activities and guests.”

The trick to keeping pumpkin pulp and seeds from causing plumbing problems is being cautious when removing and disposing of the remains.

Mr.

National 4-H Promotion Month

National 4-H Promotion Month

Well, fall is officially here and with it comes hayrides, hot dog and marshmallow roasts, leaves changing colors and the beginning of the new 4-H year!

The month of October has been designated as National 4-H Promotion Month.

Here in White County, all of the community clubs try to do something to promote 4-H, whether it is handing out bookmarks, putting up flyers advertising their own specific clubs, having a designated day to wear green or just promoting by word of mouth. 

White County is proud to say that at the present time, there are over 330   4-H members and 70 adult volunteer leaders.  Currently there are 14 community clubs, 1 afterschool club, and 4 county wide clubs.  White County 4-H is always striving to get more and more kids to become active in 4-H.  4-H helps to make a student a self-directing, productive, contributive member of society. 

Through 4-H, youth will learn leadership skills, communication sk

Tyson 'Acts Out' against hunger

Tyson 'Acts Out' against hunger

Company receives award from Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tyson Foods, Inc.

Extension agent receives national recognition

Extension agent receives national recognition

Brian W. Haller received the Distinguished Service Award from the NACAA during the 2011 Annual Meeting held in Overland Park, Kansas.

He conducts research and demonstration projects in beef, dairy and forages and has trained several 4-H judging teams that have won state competitions in wildlife habitat evaluation, meats judging, beef quiz bowl and grassland evaluation.

For additional information, contact your county office of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service or visit the website at http://www.uaex.edu/. The Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture.