United Way taking applications for 2012 funding

February 24, 2011 Gary Thomas, chairman of the Agency Relations Committee for the United Way of Independence County, has announced that applications are being accepted for 2012 United Way funding. Applications must be completed and filed with the United Way office by March 31. Any applications received after that date will not be considered for funding. An applying organization must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization providing a direct and meaningful service to the people of Independence County and must have been in existence for at least two years.

Church to host concert

February 24, 2011 CHARLOTTE — Sharp United Methodist Church will host The Front Porch Gang for a concert of old-time country and bluegrass music.The concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The church is located at 1100 Gainesboro Road, off Highway 25.

Flash flood watch issued

February 24, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A flash flood watch has been issued for 12 counties in eastern Arkansas, where heavy rain is expected as a spring-like storm system enters the region.The National Weather Service says Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph and St. Francis counties will be under the watch through Friday morning.Forecasters say the storm will pull a lot of moisture into the region from the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in persistent heavy rain that could add up to one to four inches.


February 24, 2011 A story in Tuesday’s Guard incorrectly listed an establishment on Cave Creek Road as a Veterans of Foreign Wars post. It is not. It is a Disabled American Veterans organization. 

FNBC one of first recipients of Veterans Support Award

February 24, 2011 ASH FLAT — Recently First National Banking Co. in partnership with the American Bankers Association (ABA) and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) made the decision to participate in a national veterans initiative that ensures that 40,000 veterans living in 160 State Veteran Nursing Homes are able to live out their lives in safe, secure, enhanced quality of life environments free from the daily fear of crime, abuse, neglect, hostility and deprivation of personal freedom, as provided through the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation’s Senior Crimestoppers program.

Central Ark. Orthodontics to open; Will begin chapter to provide free treatment

February 24, 2011 When your dad is an orthodontist, you might find yourself on the receiving end of braces.Ben Burris was something of a guinea pig for his orthodontist dad — growing up, he wore braces three different times.But he learned the value of a healthy smile. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became an orthodontist, too, and next month Central Arkansas Orthodontics will open a new office in the old Movie Gallery in Batesville, offering braces and orthodontic treatment for kids and adults and accepting all forms of insurance including ARKids A & B and Medicaid.———

Photo wins best in show

February 24, 2011 A local photographer, with ambitions to become a professional, may well be on her way after winning best of show and honorable mention in the recent sixth annual Digital Photography contest held by Arkansas State University-Mountain Home.Beth McCollum, office receptionist with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department, won the top prize with an 8x10 black and white photo titled “Farm Life.” The photo is of longtime family friend Lewis Ahrent of Corning working on a 1919 steam powered tractor that has been in his family for many years.

The Weekend Events

February 24, 2011 Friday• ICARE Paws & Claws Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Izard County Fairgrounds, Melbourne. Call (870) 368-5000.• Free story time for toddlers and preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Old Independence Regional Museum. Crafts included. To schedule a group, call (870) 793-2121.• Live music with Robin “Bird” Goodwin, 6 p.m., Cinnamon Stick Sandwich Shoppe, 151 W. Main, Batesville. Music covered will include classic rock, country and more. Free admission. Full sandwich and coffee menu available.

Huckabee toys with White House run

February 24, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Huckabee isn’t tamping down speculation of another presidential run. But he isn’t doing much to prepare for one.The winner of the Iowa caucuses in 2008 doesn’t sound all that enthusiastic about another bid as he travels on a nationwide book tour that includes early GOP primary states. Also calling into question how seriously the former Baptist pastor is weighing a candidacy: He plans to spend part of the summer in Alaska hosting a cruise.

Calico Rock’s history celebrated in museum

February 24, 2011 CALICO ROCK — Calico Rock is one of Arkansas’ most storied communities, dating back to the days of Spanish explorers. The new Calico Rock Museum is a bridge between the town’s heritage and culture and the unique experience of visitors. Chartered in June 2008, the museum is located in the historic Bank of Calico Rock on Main Street. The board of trustees adopted the vision and focus for the museum in July 2009, setting forth three themes for collections and exhibits: “The Development of Calico Rock,” “Calico Rock as an Economic Center” and “Everyday Living in Calico Rock.”