“I was 50 feet up a tree. It was in the spring of my 50th year when 50,000 bees fell on my head,” author Doug Elliott writes in his latest book, “Swarm Tree: Of Honeybees, Honeymoons and the Tree of Life.”
“Fifty thousand bees weigh more than you might think,” Elliott says. “…The mass landed heavily, with a buzzing thud and pushed my hat down to my ears. Within a few seconds I was virtually covered with bees. They oozed down over my shoulders, arms and trunk like a mass of living, breathing, buzzing pudding. The bees that missed me began flying back …
Award winning speaker, broadcaster and author Randy Walker will deliver the keynote address during the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s 17th annual Career Day.
More than 500 juniors from area high schools will hear from professionals in a variety of career fields during the event, which is scheduled for Oct. 2.
Walker, who has spoken to over 150,000 students in 93 high schools and 22 colleges and universities throughout Arkansas since 2002, will be sharing a presentation entitled, “A PLAN for Greatness” during the opening address.
The Reading Makes You Grow program, sponsored by the Independence County Junior Auxiliary, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Independence County Library.
The program, which is for children of all ages, is designed to encourage and promote an early love for books and reading. This monthly program begins with story time and concludes with an activity and incentives for those who read and attend regularly.
For more information about the Junior Auxiliary and its community programs, visit www.independencecountyja.com.
Justin Quarry, the 2009 Lyon College Visiting Fellow in Fiction, said he became a writer because it was his chance to be special.
Quarry said he took a writing class in college and was told by his professor that he had a gift for writing. It was then that he decided writing would be his way of expressing himself.
Quarry gave two public presentations Tuesday to students, staff, faculty and community members at Lyon College.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Instead of going green, Mount Pleasant Elementary is turning blue.
It was February when Mount Pleasant received word that it had been nominated as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School. On Tuesday, it got the news that it had been deemed blue-ribbon worthy.
The announcement was a wonderful surprise for many on the prekindergarden- through sixth-grade campus, including Principal Carolyn Blevins.
“We’re really excited over it,” Blevins told the Guard on Wednesday.
EVENING SHADE — The Red, White & Blue Round-Up, a celebration of freedom, begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Evening Shade and continues until midnight, organizer Dianne Tharp said.
“In honor of our freedom, admission is free to all,” she said. “Wear your (red, white and blue) colors proudly.”
Children’s games begin at 2.
“We have games for all ages,” she said. Games will include a duck pond, a fish pond, cakewalk, a ring toss, a sack race, a bean bag toss and pin the beard on Uncle Sam, and a climbing wall is expected to be available.
Independence County Treasurer Linda Foreman and the hydroelectric project supervisor, Stephen Fletcher, gave positive reports at Monday night’s Independence County Quorum Court meeting.
Foreman told the justices of the peace that the county had seen a 4-percent increase in sales tax revenue for the year. With the year more than half over, the fact that the county wasn’t dropping any revenue was considered to be good news.
Fletcher gave the court an update on the three hydro project sites along the White River’s three locks and dams.
There were several tense minutes as rescue workers fought to free an Allen Chapel couple from their car after it overturned in a rain-filled ditch around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.
Timothy Pierce, 40, and his wife Lora, 30, were traveling west on Highway 14 just before the intersection with Crutcher Road when an on-coming car, driven by 51-year-old Bobby Bailey, also of the Allen Chapel community, hydroplaned and struck them in the side, according to Arkansas Sate Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes.
The unbeaten Southside Junior Southerners will make their home debut Thursday night in a nonconference finale, and the visitors have been stingy.
The Des Arc Junior Eagles have given up just one touchdown in two games. The score was decisive, however. After defeating Hector 36-0 in their opener, the Junior Eagles fell to the Brinkley Junior Tigers by an 8-0 count last week.
“Defensively, we’ve looked pretty good,” Des Arc Coach Nick Hill said. “Offensively, we had a tough time moving the football last week. The week before we didn’t.”
After a disappointing loss last week, the Batesville Junior Pioneers have responded well in preparation for Thursday night’s showdown in Mountain Home.
“The film session Friday was brutal, but they had great attitudes all the way through it. They took responsibility and that was the first step,” Coach Craig Stave, Batesville’s offensive coordinator, said.
That was echoed by the defensive coordinator, Coach Matt Wentz. “They’ve taken everything to heart and they know we still have a lot of work to do.”
EDEN ISLE — The Southside Lady Southerners missed qualifying for the Class 4A State Golf Tournament by three strokes at Red Apple Inn Tuesday.
Heber Springs won the Class 4A Region 2 Tournament with a 267. Highland was second with a 282, DeWitt 259, Southside 362 and Pocahontas and Greers Ferry West Side each with 389.
Maggie Carlisle shot a 39-over-par 100 to lead Southside. K-Leigh Richardson added a 123 and Samantha Wilson shot a 139.
Carlisle and Richardson qualified for the state tournament as individuals.