From juicing apples to grinding corn Homeschoolers Day about making learning fun

September 30, 2010 Sixteen-year-old Megan Adams of Cave City didn’t have to be told how to shell the dry corn from the cob during Homeschoolers Day at the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville on Monday.Growing up on a farm, she’d been doing it for years.With half of the corn cob inside a Ziploc bag to catch the fallen kernels, Adams, using her thumb, carefully and quickly broke off each of the kernels, filling the quart-sized bag half full while sitting on the pavement in front of the museum.

Echols back in courtroom

September 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A lawyer for one of the three men convicted of killing three 8-year-old Cub Scouts in West Memphis told the Arkansas Supreme Court today that new scientific evidence in the case merits reopening his client’s case.Damien Echols has maintained his innocence since his arrest in the 1993 killings. Attorney Dennis Riordan told the court that DNA testing conducted after Echols’ conviction did not place Echols at the scene and that other scientific evaluation of evidence contradicts statements made by one of the three men during a confession.

The Weekend Events

September 30, 2010 Friday• Turtle Island Native American Association of Arkansas annual Pow Wow, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Loberg Park, Hardy. Open to the public. The Loberg Park area was the traditional camping grounds for the American Indian summer soltice. Dancers and drummers, special dances for children, princess contest, arts and crafts available for purchase, concessions. Bring lawn chairs. Call (870) 972-6995 or (870) 856-3811 or e-mail


September 30, 2010 The date was incorrectly listed in Wednesday’s Guard for the 2010 Sew with Cotton Contest being held at the Independence County Farm Bureau office. The contest is Monday. 

Bethesda EHC wins best of show at county, district

September 30, 2010 Each year the Independence County Extension Homemaker Council sponsors a special awards category at the Independence County Fair and Livestock Show. The category is for an educational exhibit.Entries in this category are restricted to the Extension Homemaker Clubs of the county. The entries must meet certain criteria and are judged on the areas of appropriateness of theme, presentation and effectiveness, according to a news release.

Boo at the Zoo offers free attractions this year

September 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Little Rock Zoo will host “Boo at the Zoo” from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21-24 and 28-31.Besides the trick or treating, this year’s “Boo” will feature added amenities and attractions including the Haunted Veldt Walkway, a brand-new haunted house, Stick Pony Corral, Frankenstein’s Dance Party, Ghost Roast S’mores, magic shows and lights throughout, as well as free carousel rides.Tickets are $7 per person or $6 in advance or for members. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale online Oct. 1 and at the Safari Trader Gift Shop.

Eagle Mountain plans activities

September 30, 2010 Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary will celebrate walk or ride-a-bike-to-school day on Oct. 15. Students and parents will meet at 526 Woodmont Circle in Batesville before the start of school and walk or ride their bikes, coach Susan Parker said. The event is held as a way to promote the benefits of exercise and healthy living. That evening from 5-8 p.m., the school at 600 Eagle Mountain Blvd. will host its World’s Fair Night fundraiser featuring games, silent auction and barbecue. For more information call the school at (870) 698-9141.

ASEA chapter to meet

September 30, 2010 The Independence County chapter of the Arkansas State Employees Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the George Rider Room of the First Community Bank in Batesville. Doug Shackelford, information manager with the Employee Benefits Division, will be the meeting’s special guest to provide the latest on developments affecting the state employee health insurance program. ASEA field representative Marc Watts will also be in attendance to answer general questions about state employee concerns.

Social Knitters host meeting

September 30, 2010 The Social Knitters knitting club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Church located at 240 White Drive in Batesville.The event is free, but those attending will need to bring their own supplies, organizer Angie Bartmess said. For more information call Bartmess at (870) 613-2440.

Revival begins Monday

September 30, 2010 SULPHUR ROCK — New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, located on North Charlotte Road in Sulphur Rock, will have a revival at 7 p.m. Monday through Oct. 9.The evangelist will be Brian Garrett.The event is open to the public.