Sandbar patrol nets drug bust

May 3, 2010 In what is described as the first of a regular event, an Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy made a drug bust on the White River Sandbar Thursday night using a new all terrain multi-purpose vehicle. Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was patrolling the sandbar in the department’s new 4X4 Front Runner around 10 p.m. when he encountered two men using drugs and alcohol.

26 students to graduate from Concord next week

May 3, 2010 CONCORD — Concord High School graduation will be at 7 p.m. May 14 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Twenty-six students will graduate. Valedictorian is Caitlin Brackett. She has been active in the Art Club, Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America and participates in after-school taekwondo. She has received several awards, including the Arkansas Scholar Award. She plans to pursue a degree in anthropology at Lyon College in Batesville. Her career plans include using her degree in the field doing cultural research.

Day of prayer set

May 3, 2010 The 59th Annual National Day of Prayer will be Thursday. The theme this year is “Prayer for Such a Time as This” and is based on Nahum 1:7 in the Old Testament of the Bible, which states: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” The local observance will be at noon Thursday at the Batesville Municipal Building. Local leaders will lead prayers for the city, state and nation. John 3:16 Ministries will serve a free fish lunch beginning at 11 a.m. for all those attending the prayer service. The event is open to the public.

Prayer shawl group to meet

May 3, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

Benefit account set up

May 3, 2010 An account for donations has been set up at Bank of America for the Jeff and Laura Price Richardson family. The account number is 487002232075 and is listed as “Marjorie Turner for Jaden Richardson.” The couple’s son, Jaden, was born April 26. Born 12 weeks early, he weighed 2 pounds and 14 ounces. He was transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. He now has bleeding on his brain. Donations may also be mailed to Jaden Richardson, C/O Marjorie Turner, 985 Walnut Grove Road, Newark, AR 72562.

AARP executive meeting set

May 3, 2010 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex. Committee reports will be given. This event is open to committee members and AARP members.


May 3, 2010 Incorrect information was provided for a birth announcement that ran in Wednesday’s Guard. Grandparents of Natalie Anne Branum are James and Denise Burnett of Batesville.

Tourism Week celebration

May 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — In recognition of the positive economic, social, and cultural impact of the travel and tourism industry, Arkansas will celebrate May 8-16 as Tourism Week. May 11 has been designated Arkansas Tourist Appreciation Day in honor of the travelers who actually make that impact happen. In 2009, nearly 23 million visitors traveled in Arkansas, spending an estimated $5.4 billion, which generated $280 million in state taxes and $102 million in local taxes. The Mammoth Spring Welcome Center will be among the state’s Welcome Centers commemorating Tourism Week.

H-Bend to host Dogwood Days

May 3, 2010 Horseshoe Bend — The 24th annual Dogwood Days in Horseshoe Bend will be Saturday and will include more than 90 events, exhibitors and vendors throughout the day, according to the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce. A Kiwanis Club-sponsored pancake breakfast at the airport will be from 8-10 a.m., where attendees can sign up for the Young Eagle’s Fly In and take a ride on an airplane. Weather permitting, at least five airplanes will take children ages 8 to 17 (with parent’s permission) up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lawmaker wants more control over colleges

May 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Sen. Jimmy Jeffress of Crossett says he wants state lawmakers to have more control over state colleges and universities. Jeffress says he’ll try next year to repeal Amendment 33 to the state Constitution that makes public colleges and universities largely autonomous. The Legislature does have some control — including control of appropriations. Jeffress is not happy with tuition and fee increases and says he wants more accountability in higher education. He says he would like to see a centralized state board to which all the institutions’ boards of trustees answer.