Berry accepting academy applications for class of 2015

July 23, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Marion Berry is now accepting applications from qualified men and women for admission to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Driver, passenger in crash identified

July 23, 2010 Two men killed in an accident Wednesday morning near Locust Grove have been identified, according to Trooper Jeremy Page with the Arkansas State Police.One driver has been identified as Bob M. Morris, 28, of Cave City. Since he was not carrying any identification at the time of the accident, Morris’ body was sent to the state crime lab for positive identification through fingerprints and dental records. The second driver has been identified as James Alexander, 31, of Concord.

Paperwork signed for saving money

July 23, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board on Tuesday signed paperwork related to a recent bond refinancing that will save the district $413,610 over the life of the original bonds, said Superintendent Steven Green.The bond refinancing sale on July 14 netted an interest rate of 3.285996 percent from winning bidder Ross, Sinclaire & Associates Inc., well below the 4.21 percent of the original bonds and also well below the pre-sale target of 3.66 percent.

Local student spends summer in Greece

July 23, 2010 SEARCY — Living in a hotel-turned-dormitory within walking distance of olive groves and the Aegean Sea, Laura Jenkins of Batesville spent the summer semester traveling around the Mediterranean area from a home base in Athens, Greece.

Blanchard Springs Caverns sets programs

July 23, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is insects, and programs are:

Dog walk time changes

July 23, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County’s Dog Walking Club has moved its meeting time to an even earlier time, 7:30 a.m. The club meets every Wednesday at the Batesville North Complex and is seeking volunteers to help walk a shelter dog. Call Lynn Makarick at (870) 251-4145 or Sue Augustus (870) 307-5305 for more details or “to just let them know you’ll be there so they can bring the perfect dog for you,” according to a news release.

Ozarka to offer GED test

July 23, 2010 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 and 17 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, Aug. 20 and 31;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Aug. 2 and 16;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Aug. 5 and 10;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Aug. 18 and 30.

Mtn. View bank makes pledge

July 23, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozarka College has received a pledge from Ozark Heritage Bank for the Ozarka College Mountain View Expansion Fund.Ozarka President Dr. Richard Dawe said the bank will sponsor the Student Center and Cyber Café in the new Student and Nursing Center Building. He met with bank CEO Ron Sims to receive the pledge.Groundbreaking is scheduled for Aug. 10 and construction is set to begin in early fall on the 10,475-square-foot facility.

UACCB campus goes tobacco free

July 23, 2010 Smoking and use of other tobacco products will be prohibited on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus starting Aug. 1.The Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009 was passed during the last legislative session and requires all college and university campuses in Arkansas to be smoke free by Aug. 1. UACCB’s administration had already taken steps to move to a smoke-free campus during the last two years and felt that in support of a safe and healthy learning and working environment, it was the appropriate time to move to a tobacco-free campus.


July 23, 2010 A story that ran in Monday’s edition of the Batesville Daily Guard titled “Smith finds new high” talked about the life of Rhonda Smith and her battle with drugs. The article mentions ex-husband Eddie Ray Smith, among others.Mr. Smith contacted the Guard to explain he no longer has an addiction and has been clean for 23 years. He has been a truck driver for 23 years and is subject to mandatory drug testing.The Guard wants it reporting to be fair and accurate. We apologize for any problems this story may have caused Mr. Smith.