Blood drives set

March 9, 2010 Since 1943, the president of the United States has proclaimed March as “Red Cross Month,” according to a news release. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation, recognizing the American Red Cross as a true reflection of the humanitarian and volunteer spirit and calling on Americans to “rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.”

Correction

March 9, 2010 An incorrect phone number was listed with the photo of Randy Smith Allstate Insurance office on today’s business page of the Guard. The correct number is (870) 307-0384. The number shown is a fax number.

Bond set at $100,000

March 9, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Bond was set at $100,000 Friday for a man accused of firing a rifle randomly near houses in Lawrence County, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.Officers arrested Louis Hoggard, 69, of the Baltz Addition near Powhatan for unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and disorderly conduct.“The arrest came after Hoggard was driving around the Baltz Edition firing a gun from his vehicle randomly near houses on February 28. Residents of the area called 911 and reported the actions and deputies were dispatched to the area,” Dotson said.

Farm pond fish sale set

March 9, 2010 ASH FLAT — Orders for farm fish from the Sharp County Conservation District must be placed by Friday, according to a news release.The fish are to be picked up at 1 p.m. March 16 in the parking lot of the Ash Flat Livestock Auction.Anyone interested in placing an order should call (870) 994-7335, extension 3, or visit the district office at 21-C Court Road in Ash Flat. The fax number is 994-7151.

Police: Father, son scuffle

March 9, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies were dispatched last week to a home in Oxford regarding a domestic violence complaint involving a father driving a truck into his son’s house and pulling a knife on the son, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.According to the son, John R. Aguiar, his father, John W. Aguiar, was released recently from the Veterans Administration Hospital and they had previously argued regarding a family incident that occurred in Fulton County.

Holroyd to speak at Lyon

March 9, 2010 Dr. Carin Holroyd will speak at Lyon College as part of the Japanese Lecture Series at 7 p.m. March 18 in Derby Lecture Hall. Holroyd is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She is also a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, also in Waterloo. Holroyd is the author of “Government, International Trade, and Laissez-Faire Capitalism” (McGill-Queen’s) and co-author of “Japan and the Internet Revolution” (Palgrave Macmillan) and “Innovation Nation: Science and Technology in 21st Century Japan.”

GOP to sponsor forum

March 9, 2010 A “meet the candidates” forum will be hosted by the Independence County Republican Women’s Club Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. The event is open to the public.Speakers will be Randy Alexander of Fayetteville, Curtis Coleman of Little Rock, Fred Ramey of Searcy and Col. Conrad Reynolds of Conway, who are all candidates for the U.S. Senate in the Republican primary.The program will begin at noon in the restaurant’s large meeting room. A Dutch-treat luncheon will be available at 11 a.m. or after the program concludes.

Ozarka Foundation to hold gala

March 9, 2010 Melbourne — The Ozarka College Foundation board will sponsor its annual Spring Gala at 6:30 p.m. April 1. “Snapshot of a New Decade” will include dinner prepared by the culinary arts department to be served in the Ozarka College John E. Miller lobby. Along with dinner, there will be an auction and musical entertainment.

Races develop

March 9, 2010 Independence County will have three countywide elections come May, as well as a number of justice of the peace and constable races. As the filings closed Monday here is a list of candidates and the positions they are seeking (* denotes incumbent candidates):Independence CountyCounty judge — Robert T. Griffin, Newark, Democrat; *Bill Hicks, Bethesda, Democrat;Sheriff — Bill Lindsey, Cord, Democrat; Steve Jeffery, Batesville, Democrat; Billy Meeks, Floral, Democrat;

Superintendent search continues

March 9, 2010 A visionary leader who can embrace diversity and make tough decisions while ensuring students come first. These were just some of the reoccurring themes mentioned by staff, students and members of the Batesville community about the kind of person they want to serve as the Batesville School District’s next superintendent.