Ozarka to offer GED test

November 20, 2009 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7 and 9 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, Dec. 1 and 8;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Dec. 7 and 14;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Dec. 3 and 10;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Dec. 14.

Jonesboro septic system users look for alternative

November 20, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — A Jonesboro utility says it will end its long-standing practice of accepting sewage dumped from septic systems.The decision by Jonesboro City Water and Light will be effective after Nov. 30, after which area residents who use septic systems must find alternative ways to dump their waste.Local plumbers say they won’t be able to pump from the systems until another place is found to dump the sewage.

Ozarka to host Cash tribute

November 20, 2009 Melbourne — The Ozarka College Foundation Board will present Branson’s Johnny Cash tribute: Jackson Cash at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the John E. Miller Auditorium in Melbourne.  General admission tickets are $10 with proceeds to benefit the Ozarka College Foundation. Doors will open at 6.  Jackson Cash’s tribute to Johnny Cash has been a stand-up hit in Branson, Mo.

Main Street board to meet

November 20, 2009 The Main Street Batesville board will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at 108 W. Main St. Officers for 2010 will be selected. The meeting is open to all current members and corporate sponsors.Current board members are president Chris Black, vice president David Thompson, Alan Bufford, Lucinda Elms, Lisa Caplinger, Gail Harley and Mike Schmidt.For more information, call Paula Grimes, executive director, at (870) 793-4632 or e-mail downtownbatesville@sbcglobal.net.

Folk center prepares for holiday weekend

November 20, 2009 Mountain View — “This year, travel over the river and through the woods to celebrate a relaxing Thanksgiving at the Ozark Folk Center,” a news release states. “Sharing the tradition of mountain folk music, traditional handicrafts and good old-fashioned cooking, the Ozark Folk Center State Park is the perfect place for the whole family.”

Prosecutor wants Taser investigation

November 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A prosecutor wants Arkansas State Police to open a criminal investigation after an Ozark police officer used a Taser on an unruly 10-year-old girl.David Gibbons, the prosecuting attorney for the 5th Judicial District, made the request Thursday in a letter to state police director Col. Winford Phillips.State police spokesman Bill Sadler says Phillips received the request and passed it along to the commander of the agency’s criminal investigation division. Those two officials will discuss the request.

Lindsey announces

November 20, 2009 Bill Lindsey has announced his candidacy for Independence County sheriff in the upcoming Democratic primary.Lindsey is a life-long resident of the Cord area. He and his wife, Jean, have been married for 42 years. They are members of Cord Baptist Church, where he serves as Sunday school director and on several committees, and she is a Sunday school teacher for preschool age children. They have three children, Rodney Lindsey, Misty McDoniel and Christy Hutchison, all of the Newark area.

Tobacco store robber flees empty-handed

November 20, 2009 An armed robber fled a Westside business empty-handed Thursday night after he was unable to open the cash register, according to local authorities.Mary C. Sullivan, a clerk at Tobacco Warehouse #8, at 810 N. Central Ave., said she was getting ready to take out the trash around 7 p.m. when a man walked up and pointed a gun at her and demanded money.

News of Other Days

November 19, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 5, 1996.

Macy’s gears up for Thanksgiving parade

November 19, 2009 HOBOKEN, N.J. — The scene around him in a vast industrial space looks like Santa’s Workshop, but John Piper, the man behind Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, compares organizing the annual extravaganza to planning a huge holiday meal — with a lot of trimmings.