Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 22, 2016
PHOTO BY: Kelvin Green

Splash Zone in Jacksonville will open for the year with a School’s Out Celebration from 6-9 p.m. Friday. Entry to the park costs $5, and families can swim and play on the park’s new equipment without paying the $1 fee for slide rides. Finding Nemo will be shown after the event ends.


Splash Zone to celebrate end of school year

Splash Zone in Jacksonville is celebrating its opening for the year by also celebrating the close of the 2015-16 school year. The School’s Out Celebration, presented by Splash Zone and Jacksonville Parks and Recreation, will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The entry fee is $5. Diane Novotny, Jacksonville Parks and Recreation aquatics manager, said the celebration first started a few years back with a Movies in the Park event and event... READ MORE


    The one that got away: Not a fish tale

    (Editor’s note: The following column was previously published June 24, 2012. Tammy is on vacation at the beach — and she hopes she doesn’t encounter another monster snake.) It’s time to tell the snake story again. When I say snake “story,” do not get the wrong impression. This isn’t like a fish tale. This is true. I swear on my Associated Press Stylebook. My sister-in-law, Sonja, reminded me of the 14-year-old incident at a recent famil... READ MORE


    Retired scoutmaster reflects on 17-year career

    As a teen, Marty Metzger never became an Eagle Scout, but that didn’t stop the former scoutmaster from seeing 27 young men reach the highest ranking in his Boys Scouts of America troop, and it certainly didn’t stop him from impacting the lives of many other Scouts. Metzger, an Austin resident who is retired from the Air Force, retired from his 17-year career as scoutmaster for Troop 201 in Cabot this year. “It was a decision,” he said. ... READ MORE


    Angler efforts still vital to stem the spread of invasive species

    Across the nation, invasive species are threatening aquatic habitats. Many lakes, rivers, ponds and streams are threatened by species such as Asian carp, zebra and quagga mussels, sea lampreys, hydrilla and spiny water fleas. These invasives can devastate ecosystems and damage equipment. One way anglers with boats can help is participating in the Clean Drain Dry Initiative to reduce the risk of transporting plants, animals and diseases.... READ MORE


    Sweet success could start the great chiffon revolution

    Chiffon cakes are, as the originator Harry Baker opined, “something cosmic.” A chiffon cake is in the family of aerated, egg-based foam cakes — like sponges and angel food cakes — all sky-high and light. With the addition of oil, a chiffon cake bakes up into one of the most versatile cakes in the baking repertoire. They’re great with a simple glaze; they can be cut in half and filled with flavored whipped cream, mascarpone or custard; o... READ MORE



    May 22 Guest Speaker Jay Dockings JACKSONVILLE — First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St., will host Rock of Israel speaker Jay Dockings at 6 p.m. There will be a unique worship service with an illustrated Passover meal. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the church at (501) 982-5018. Genealogy and DNA Program BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library, 368 E. Main St., will present a program titled Genealogy and DNA at 2 p... READ MORE