Service News: 2nd Lt. Matthew Baker

September 23, 2010 SAN ANTONIO — Army 2nd Lt. Matthew K. Baker graduated from the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Ky.The course trains Army and Marine Corps lieutenants in leadership skills, tactics, gunnery, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles used in an armor platoon.

Ozarka to offer GED test

September 23, 2010 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7 and 19 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, Oct. 8 and 14;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Oct. 11 and 18;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Oct. 12 and 19;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Oct. 5 and 28.

The Weekend Events

September 23, 2010 Friday• Communitywide yard sale, 7 a.m., Guion, rain or shine.• Birdieboo Sales, LLC consignment sale, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem, as part of the Salem Fall Communitywide Yard Sale on Saturday. Call (870) 895-5565.• Izard County Fair, fairgrounds in Melbourne. Exhibit buildings open at 10 a.m. Poultry and rabbit judging at 10; Team Grooming contest at 4; poultry chain auction and goat judging at 5:30; beauty pageants at 6; swine judging at 7; Keith Hall Rodeo at 8. Call (870) 368-7146.

Small quake rattles central Ark.

September 23, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — The latest in a series of small earthquakes has shaken part of Faulkner County in central Arkansas.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.1-magnitude quake was reported about 5:40 a.m. today about 15 miles north-northeast of Conway.Authorities told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette they didn’t receive any calls about the temblor.A number of small earthquakes in the area have been reported for months, and geologists have installed sensors to better understand why the quakes are occurring.

Kathy Wooldridge announces for Cave City mayor

September 23, 2010 CAVE CITY — Kathy Wooldridge has announced that she is running for mayor of Cave City on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.“I’m sure that you, the citizens of Cave City, would like to know a little about my family and myself. I am Kathy Wooldridge and I have been married for 22 years to Scott Wooldridge, I have two wonderful daughters, Alyssa and Amber.“I graduated from Cave City High School, and I have taken some college courses.

Walmart finishes redesign

September 23, 2010 The Batesville Walmart, at 3150 Harrison St., will celebrate a grand re-opening this weekend, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company’s next generation of store design and customer experience, according to a company news release.

Wife of man on trial feared for her life

September 23, 2010 SALEM — Prosecutor Don McSpadden gave opening remarks Wednesday in the murder trial of 61-year-old Richard Gordon charged in the shooting death of 32-year-old Joseph Clifton.McSpadden told jurors they would hear testimony about a land dispute, but they were not to get sidetracked by “smoke and mirrors” because this case is about murder.“The defendant is guilty of the crime of murder. He purposely killed and caused the death of Joe Clifton. This is not a land dispute. … It’s a murder case.”

59 students ‘homeless’ in district

September 23, 2010 One director marked his last school board meeting Monday night while another faced his challenger in Tuesday’s school election, but building, spending and updating highlighted the Batesville School Board’s annual report to the public on Monday.Ronnie Coots, director of business and information, reported on grants and programs administered by the Batesville School District, including one that helps students who are considered “homeless.”Close to 59 students in the district fall under this broad definition, he said.

Rocktoberfest lines up rock acts, wrestlers, more for 2-day event

September 23, 2010 This year’s Rocktoberfest will feature 17 bands, including Saving Abel, Seven Mary Three, Cracker, 12 Stones, Haven Hill and Doghouse, and some of wrestling’s biggest stars. For the first time, Rocktoberbest, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has been expanded to two nights. The event will be presented by Batesville Promotions Oct. 1 and 2 at Riverside Park in Batesville. Two stages will be set up, one at the White River Amphitheater and the second, named the Mike Payne Stage, near the Josie’s end of the park.

News of Other Days

September 22, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 11, 1991.