The ACRDC Board meets Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Volunteer Fire Department’s monthly meeting, also Thursday, is from 7-8:30 p.m. For details call 253-6264. 

It’s Recycling Day, Saturday, 8-10 a.m. at the Alread Cafeteria. 

The New Moon is official Sunday at 1:01 p.m.

Louis Jackson says it was wild hogs that damaged his sugar cane. There were at least eight or nine and two were shot. He guessed he lost 25 percent of his cane before they were run off. An electric fence now encircles the field. “I hardly saw any three or four years ago but there’s no shortage now,” he lamented. 

Research shows that at least 66 percent of the entire wild hog population has to be killed annually to stop expansion. Even in areas of intense hunting pressure only about 50 percent are eradicated and the pigs get smarter about avoiding hunters. One estimate says the cost of damage and control annually in the U.S. is $1.5 billion. As a result the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has made it legal to shoot and trap feral hogs, day or night, on privately owned land, but say large-scale trapping is the most efficient and economical method available presently. Contact the AF&GC and Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force for more details.

Neighbor Johnny Fizjurl says his Beauregard sweet potatoes are doing quite well and have always been reliable. “Slips are easy to start from the previous season’s roots by applying moisture and heat,” he added.  

If you have info about the greater Crabtree and 16 West community call Jeff Burgess, 745-1249.