Naval Academy seeks applicants

February 3, 2010 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Applications are being accepted now through March 31 for the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) 2010. NASS is designed for students who will have just completed their junior year of high school in the summer of 2010. This program is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high-achievers who may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation’s service academies and serving as a military officer after graduation. NASS is held in three sessions: June 5-10, June 12-17 and June 19-24.

ICARE seeks homes for numerous cats whose owner died

February 3, 2010 MELBOURNE — An elderly woman who died in Izard County last month left behind dozens of cats, and now an animal rescue group is trying to find homes for them.Joyce Mabry with the Izard County Animal Rescue Effort estimated the woman had “probably between 30 and 40, most of them friendly.” The woman “lived alone in awful conditions, but she took care of those cats,” Mabry said. She had family, but not in state.

Chief deputy seeks office

February 3, 2010 Steve Jeffery, an Independence County native with more than 12 years of law enforcement experience, has announced his candidacy for sheriff.

Learn about: When electricity came to Arkansas

February 3, 2010 Rural electrification will be Sunday afternoon’s program at Old Independence Regional Museum.The free program starts at 2 p.m. and appropriately enough, the program will be electronically illustrated, said Rob Roedel, manager of corporate communications for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.Roedel will tell how and when electricity came to rural Arkansas.

Parks facilities still top priority

February 3, 2010 The threat of inclement weather may have kept the turnout low at Thursday’s town meeting, but organizers were still pleased with the discussion that took place.This was the second of two town meetings last week focusing on the city of Batesville’s parks and recreation facilities, with the public invited to share its ideas, thoughts and suggestions.

Photojournalist had impact

February 3, 2010 Samm Woolley Coombs was not just an expert at finding interesting people — he was one of them, son-in-law Frank Beisel said Tuesday.“He was a character,” Beisel said. His daughter, Carla Beisel, and several friends used the same phrase to describe him.Coombs, 85, a photojournalist and writer, died Saturday.“He had a impact on everybody he met,” Frank said. “He had an intensity about him.”Samm’s hallmark was closeup photos of people — pictures that gave real insight into what those people were like and into their culture.

Prada model taken to jail

February 3, 2010 The “face of Prada” may be extending his vacation to Batesville a little longer than he expected after being arrested early Monday morning.Listed as the No. 5 male model in Forbe’s Magazine and described as “Prada’s platinum-haired golden boy,” 21-year-old Nick Snider of New York faces three misdemeanor charges after he was arrested on intoxication charges.Snider was scheduled to appear in Independence County District Court today after officers arrested him and say he offered them sexual favors in return for his release.

News of Other Days

February 2, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 18, 1997. 73 YEARS AGO

Rock ’n’ roll highway promotes tourism in adjacent counties

February 2, 2010 ASH FLAT — A tourism promotion idea that began in Randolph County — the designation of Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 — is picking up steam and can help not only the counties the highway crosses, but other areas of northeast Arkansas as well, Linda Collins-Smith said recently.Big money can be generated by tourism — after agriculture, it’s the No. 2 industry in the state, the president and founder of the Randolph County Tourism Association told members of the Sharp County Historical Society.

Dinner to be served

February 2, 2010 HIGHLAND — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Highland Memorial Post 4772 will serve a baked ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the post, located just off Liberty Hill Road in Highland.The dinner will include vegetables, salad bar, dessert and beverage. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.