Lawrence receives state recognition

April 5, 2010 Connie Lawrence, coordinator of the Independence County Employment and Training Program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, recently received state recognition.Lawrence was presented awards for outstanding performance in both volunteer participation and job placement rate to assessments. The Independence County Employment and Training Program received the Employment and Training Award of Excellence for 2009, the program’s top honor.

Local student presents chemistry research in Calif. Meeting theme: ‘Chemistry for a Sustainable World’

April 5, 2010 CONWAY — Zach J. Waldrip of Batesville was one of 17 Hendrix College students who recently presented their research at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco. The theme for the society’s 239th national meeting was “Chemistry for a Sustainable World” and focused on using chemistry to improve the global environment.The students, accompanied by chemistry faculty and staff members from Hendrix, prepared research posters and shared their research with conference attendees from throughout the world.

Two die in crash

April 5, 2010  A one-car crash on a county road Sunday evening claimed the life of two people and sent two others to a local hospital, according to a report filed by Independence County Deputy Jeremy Qualls.The driver of a 2008 Pontiac G6, identified as a 17-year-old boy from Oil Trough, was one of the fatality victims, along with an adult passenger.Detective Mike Mundy said this morning authorities were not releasing the names of the victims at this time due to one being a minor and with having difficulty in locating the next of kin of the other.

Body found in Cache River

April 5, 2010 NEWPORT — Jackson County authorities recovered a body from the Cache River south of Grubbs on Friday, Sheriff David Lucas said.At approximately 2:26 p.m. the sheriff’s department received a call of a possible body in the main channel of the river, Lucas said. Lucas, Chief Deputy Charles Vaughn and Chief Investigator David Platt responded and were taken to the site by boat by landowners. Upon their arrival, the authorities determined that it was the body of a man.

Bowers resigns

April 5, 2010 Friday will be the last day of employment for Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers, who turned in his resignation this morning in a letter to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks.“It’s a bittersweet decision,” Bowers told the Guard this morning. “I’m kinda sad to be leaving after seven years as sheriff, but I’m really excited, and a little nervous too, about my new job.”

Legends, icons, idols & the common man

April 2, 2010 A good friend passed away a few days ago. Steve “Peep” Curtis was a devoted father, loving husband and an icon to his grandkids. His love of the outdoors was passed down the generations to his children and grandchildren, among others.Though he was of no relation, my sons considered him as their “Peep” just as he was known to his grandkids. We became acquainted with Steve and his family years ago by them baby-sitting  for us. Though my boys have not needed a sitter for years now, they still go over to visit.

17 deaths reported in boating accidents

April 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Seventeen people died in boating accidents in Arkansas last year, according to Capt. Stephanie Weatherington of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Thirteen of them could be alive today if they had been wearing life jackets. The number of boating mishaps in 2009 was 96, up from 86 accidents in the previous year. In 2007, the state recorded 100 boating accidents. Weatherington, AGFC’s boating law administrator, said drowning took the lives of 13 of those who died in 2009.

Women’s Outdoor Weekend set

April 2, 2010 GREENBRIER – Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier is having a Women’s Outdoor Weekend April 9-11.Participants can escape the everyday world and reconnect with nature through sessions on basic camping, nature journaling, kayaking and more. There is also free time to hang out, swap stories and build new friendships.Space is limited and reservations are required. All meals and gear are included in the $125 fee.Phone the park at (501) 679-2098 for more information.

Hunter ed class scheduled

April 2, 2010 HIGHLAND — A free hunter education class will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Highland High School Cafeteria, according to a news release.Lunch and refreshments will be provided.The class is sponsored by the North Central Arkansas branch of the Quality Deer Management Association.The Bow and Gun Rack of Hardy will give away a bow (a Mission Menace by Matthews) to one youth after the class.For more information call Steve Taylor at (870) 847-0017, Rick Rickleman at (870) 257-3611 or Mike Stanley at 847-0073.

Lawrence, Matthews win

April 2, 2010 CAVE CITY — Keith Lawrence and Danny Matthews won Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Crown Lake at Horseshoe Bend with a stringer weighing 7.50 pounds, tournament director Ron Watkins reported.Roger Brown and David Diemer were right behind with 7.15 pounds.Twenty anglers competed in 11 boats.The Lawrence/Matthews team and the Chris Richardson and Kevin Weaver team tied for the big bass pot. The weights of their fish was unavailable.The next tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10 on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.