Crowd reported

July 21, 2010 Hand-held church fans featuring local advertising from merchants were a must-have for many enjoying the festivities at the opening night of the Independence County Fair. Fair board member Imogene James said that 2,741 people attended the fair Tuesday, much more than the 584 who attended the first night last year because of 4 to 5 inches of rain that “pretty much washed out the evening.”

News of Other Days

July 20, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 6, 1991.89 YEARS AGOE.R. Sitton and M.J. Egan of Fulk and Riffle of Little Rock spent Thursday in Batesville making preparations to begin the drilling of the oil well here.Mr. Rogers, who runs the Irwin sawmill, today purchased lumber from J.A. Luster to build the derrick for drilling Batesville’s first oil well.John Puckett returned last night from Sulphur Rock, where he spent several days looking after his mining interests.

Truck pull to raise money

July 20, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Lions Club and Volunteer Fire Department of Calico Rock will host a truck pull fundraiser July 31 at the Tip Wiseman Rodeo Arena adjacent to Earl King Park in Calico Rock.The Inlaw Outlaw Sled Team will put on the sled pull competition events. A lawnmower pull will be at 4 p.m.; then at 7 the truck pull action begins with multiple classes including: • 2-wheel drive stock (5,500 pounds)• 2-wheel drive  stock (6,000 pounds)• 4x4 pro street (5,800 pounds)• 4x4 pro street (6,200 pounds)

Highland student awarded Burger King scholarship

July 20, 2010 MIAMI — Highland High School student Kaitlin Sellers has received a $1,000 Have It Your Way scholarship  courtesy of Burger King, according to a news release. More than $1.2 million in scholarships has been awarded to 1,092 students nationwide as part of the tenth annual Burger King Scholars Program.Sellers received the award because of her outstanding academic achievement, along with other academic and community involvement criteria.The program has awarded a total of 13,812 scholarships representing more than $14 million since the program’s inception in 2000.

Charlotte park gets new trees

July 20, 2010 Members of the Batesville Modern Woodmen of America Camp 15759 gathered April 22 at Charlotte to plant trees at the Jerrel Lillard Ball Complex.The project was part of the Plant A Tree Program, a nationwide program introduced by Modern Woodmen for its members in 2004.“This program ties Modern Woodmen members to the roots of our organization,” Paul Moody, leader of Camp 15759, said.

Apparel shop opens in Cave City

July 20, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cheryl Wilkes has announced the opening of her new ladies ‘clothing and apparel shop, Cheryl’s Collectables, at 581 N. Main St. in Cave City.Cheryl’s carries a large line of ladies’ bags of all types, everything from fancy purses for evening wear and special events, to durable everyday handbags and utility totes, as well as a line of jewelry for every occasion, belts, scarves and other accessories.Cheryl’s Collectables is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

NCARED Board hears status of Naturally Ozark website

July 20, 2010 CALICO ROCK — During their regularly scheduled July meeting, the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development (NCARED) Corporation board heard a status update on its new Naturally Ozark website from Atherton Hiett of UALR’s Institute for Economic Advancement (IEA).The site, accessible at, was developed by NCARED as part of a regional branding initiative aimed at highlighting and publicizing the many and varied creative assets of the eight county NCARED region.

Cinnamon Stick reopens, offers coffees, music, Wi-Fi

July 20, 2010 Judy Kane and Karen Narramore are the new owners of The Cinnamon Stick at 151 W. Main St. in Batesville.The eatery offers scattered seating areas where customers can sit alone and read a book while sipping a gourmet coffee, or enjoy a private casual lunch in a corner nook.In addition to gourmet coffees, The Cinnamon Stick offers soup/sandwich combos, as well as pastries and cakes that are often featured on the Food Network, which is always showing on the restaurant’s TV. “We also offer sugar-free coffees and desserts,” Kane said.

Poll: US Hispanics mix hopes, strains

July 20, 2010 MIAMI (AP) — Hispanics worry more than most Americans about losing jobs and paying bills. But they place a high importance on education and expect their children to go to college — even if most of them don’t expect the United States to elect a Latino president in the next 20 years.An Associated Press-Univision poll of more than 1,500 Latinos shows them eager to blend into American society while still holding onto their cultural identity. They are likewise torn between hopes for tomorrow and daily doses of financial stress.

Feds call new leaks insignificant

July 20, 2010 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil from BP’s blown out well is again seeping into the Gulf of Mexico, but this time, more slowly and scientists aren’t convinced the cap that stopped the flow last week is making things worse.The government said Monday that oil was seeping into the Gulf after days of warning that the experimental cap on the oil well could cause more leaks.Despite what at first seemed a setback, though, the federal government declared the development insignificant and forged ahead with BP’s plan for finally sealing the hole in the ocean floor.