USDA announces assistance program for orchardists, nursery tree growers

May 19, 2010 Orchardists and nursery tree growers can begin applying for benefits under the Tree Assistance Program, announced USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Dee Anne Barnes. Signup began earlier this month at local Farm Service Agency offices. “This program helps our orchardists and nursery tree growers replant and get back on their feet after natural disasters,” said Barnes.

Ozark Chinquapin Conference scheduled for Friday

May 19, 2010 Local museum has display of chinquapin nuts, burs, photos SALEM, Mo. — The 2010 Ozark Chinquapin Conference will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Southwest Regional Office Auditorium at 2630 N. Mayfair St. in Springfield, Mo., said organizer Stephen Bost of the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation. Everyone with an interest in restoring the Ozark chinquapin tree to its native range is invited, Bost said. Admission is free and a lunch of buffalo roast, carrots, potatoes and gravy will be served.

News of Other Days

May 19, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 7, 1990. 79 YEARS AGO

Lyon teams with UAMS to establish dual degree program

May 19, 2010 Lyon College and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have established a dual degree program that will allow students to receive a degree in biology from Lyon and a degree in medical technology from UAMS.

152 students to earn diplomas from Batesville

May 19, 2010 Batesville High School graduation will be at 8 p.m. Friday at Pioneer Stadium. One hundred fifty-two students will graduate. Batesville valedictorian is Kirbi McMullin, daughter of Johnny and Toi McMullin.

O’Brien, Wilcox in runoff

May 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Pulaski County Clerk Pat O’Brien narrowly missed an outright win and is headed to a runoff in the Arkansas secretary of state race. O’Brien had just under 49 percent in incomplete returns to 34 percent that went to Mark Wilcox, the outgoing land commissioner. The pair topped Sebastian County Clerk Doris Tate, who received 17 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns. The winner of the runoff will face state Rep. Mark Martin, R-Prairie Grove, in the November general election.

Henry defeats Fogleman for seat on high court

May 19, 2010 By Jill Zeman Bleed Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK — A first-term appeals court judge has defeated a longtime circuit judge and prosecutor to land a seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Appeals Court Justice Courtney Henry led Circuit Court Judge John Fogleman 57 percent to 42 percent with 97 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night. Henry, of Fayetteville, was elected in May 2008 to serve on the appeals court for District 3, which includes seven counties in northwest Arkansas. Her campaign gained the backing of former President Bill Clinton.

Judge in West Memphis case in line for Senate

May 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A circuit judge from eastern Arkansas who presided over the high-profile West Memphis murder trials had a virtual lock on a state Senate seat Tuesday, while a former state representative defeated a political scientist in a costly Senate primary.

Optimists to honor two

May 19, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin. The club will be honoring University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville graduates and Optimist members Travise Fisher and Elaina Gilbert. A business meeting will follow to finalize plans for a children’s fishing derby to be held Saturday at FutureFuel Park. Anyone wishing to learn more about what the Optimist Club is doing in the community is welcome to attend.

Muddy man damages tractor, rice field

May 19, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A mud-covered Colorado man was arrested in Lawrence County on Saturday after getting his truck stuck, breaking into the cab of a tractor and doing thousands of dollars in damage to the field, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department. Brandon Fitzwater, 31, of Florence, Colo., is being charged in Lawrence County Circuit Court with criminal mischief, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and breaking and entering.