November 20, 2013 Edition

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Peanut acreage smaller,
but higher quality in 2013

Greg Gill discusses the left over vines after the peanut harvest is complete. It's common to bundle the vines and use is for cattle feed. Gill said they get plenty of protein from the left over peanuts.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl
Peanuts are a popular crop across Arkansas. They are rugged, grow well in dry environments and take little spraying.

"Peanuts are about the toughest plant you can come up with," said Chris Henson, manager at Birdsong Peanuts in Portia.

According to the National Peanut Board, peanut roots absorb nitrogen from the air which provides enrichment and nutrition to the plant and soil, so peanuts require little to no fertilization.

Peanuts can also grow well in a non-irrigated field, which is why local farmer, Greg Gill, became interested in the crop. This is his third year growing peanuts and he has increased his crop to 2,500 acres this year from 1,500 last year.

"It costs a lot of money to irrigate this many acres," Gill said as he walked through one of his peanut fields during harvest.

Pack Club forming in Lawrence County

Arkansas State University fans in Lawrence County will soon have another outlet to support the Red Wolves and network with one another.

WR Council condemns building

After receiving correspondence from the State of Arkansas Department of Workforce Services concerning a deteriorating building adjacent to their office in Walnut Ridge, the city council voted last week to condemn the building, which is located at 116 East Elm Street.

Hoxie reviews 2014 budget

Mayor Lanny Tinker was unable to attend the Nov. 12 Hoxie City Council meeting due to recent surgery. City Clerk Katie Smith is serving as interim mayor in his absence, and Tinker is working from home as much as he can.

Quorum Court approves
hazardous driving fines

Prior to its monthly meeting, the Lawrence County Quorum Court held a budget meeting on Nov. 12. The court reviewed a projected $2.78 million County General Budget. The budget is expected to be finalized at the December Quorum Court meeting.

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