Howard earns BRTC scholarship

December 1, 2010 POCAHONTAS — Black River Technical College has awarded an Academic Distinction Scholarship to Stevie Howard.Among those students receiving this year’s are Stevie Howard of Smithville, a graduate of Hillcrest High School. Her major area of study is radiological sciences.

Malcolm Howell scholarships awarded

December 1, 2010 SEARCY — Four students were honored with scholarships through the Malcolm Howell Memorial Scholarship Fund at a luncheon hosted by Harding University and the Howell-Carter family Nov. 6.Though the fund began in 2008, the 2010-11 school year marks the first time the scholarships have been awarded. Full-time students enrolled at Harding who show leadership, diligence, capability, and a high level of academic achievement are eligible recipients. It is intended for majors in the College of Sciences, especially focusing on chemistry majors.


December 1, 2010 Additional information has been provided for the announcement of Jinnie Grady’s surprise birthday party on Sunday. Her daughter is Tammy Grady Smith.

Christmas memories sought for special section

December 1, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section Dec. 23.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St., mail it to the Guard, Attn: Kay Tharp, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503, or email it to deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 8.

ASU-Beebe to present ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 1, 2010 BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe Theater in cooperation with ASU-Beebe Music will present “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens adapted and directed by Leslie Thurman. The production will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 7 and 8 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Owen Center Theater.

Library open 7 days a week

December 1, 2010 The Independence County Library is open seven days a week and features a new website,, launched in late 2009.The library located at 368 E. Main in Batesville is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information call (870) 793-8814.

Ken Smith to perform

December 1, 2010 BMI singer/songwriter Ken Smith will perform at 6 p.m. Friday at the Cinnamon Stick located at 151 W. Main St. in Batesville three doors down from the Melba Theater. Admission is free.

Master Gardeners accepting applicants

December 1, 2010 Want to be a Master Gardener? Applications are being taken for those who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others. The Master Gardeners and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service are conducting the Master Gardener training program, one class per week, starting Feb. 3 and ending March 3. The application deadline is Jan. 5.

LR restaurants tout seafood from Gulf

December 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Some Little Rock restaurants are joining a national campaign to promote the safety of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico.Participating restaurants will serve a special dish today that includes either fish, oysters, shrimp or crabs from the Gulf. The event is intended to show that seafood from the Gulf is safe following an oil spill there earlier this year.The event includes more than 150 chefs nationwide, the U.S. Travel Association and convention and visitors bureaus,  including Little Rock.

Midland FFA attends nationals

December 1, 2010 INDIANAPOLIS — The Midland School District FFA Chapter in Pleasant Plains was one of 44 teams that participated in the 2010 National FFA Horse Career Development event Oct. 20-23 in Indianapolis.Participants evaluated eight classes of horses through performance events and halter classes and competitors gave reasons for their selections during the 83rd annual national FFA convention.The National FFA Horse Evaluation is one of 23 different national events that uses the fun of competition to connect classroom learning and careers, according to a news release.