Ozarka awarded TRiO funding

September 15, 2010 MELBOURNE —  Ozarka College at Melbourne  and its current TRiO Student Support Services program has received federal grant funding for an additional five years.  Through this federally funded grant program, Ozarka College offers services for many of its students. TRiO Student Support Services provides academic, financial and personal support to eligible students at Ozarka College to assist them with their educational endeavors, a news release states. 

Superintendent discusses election, millage

September 15, 2010 It happens every September — the annual school election. Usually, it’s a simple matter of re-approving the school district’s millage rate and filling a few vacant school board seats. This year’s election in Batesville is a little bit different, because taxpayers have the opportunity to help the district with a major expansion and upgrade of Batesville High School at no cost to them. In fact, some taxpayers could even reduce their property taxes.

Art event a success

September 15, 2010 Off the Beaten Path got a little further off the path this year, holding a preview exhibit in Batesville Tuesday night.Organizers are calling the exhibition, held at the Row-Johns Library at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, a success. Becki Dahlstedt, one of the artists who helps organize the tour, said they plan to include future shows in Batesville.

Conservation loan program announced

September 15, 2010 WASHINGTON —  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of a Conservation Loan program that will provide farm owners and farm-related business operators access to credit to implement techniques that will conserve natural resources, according to a news release from the Independence County Farm Service Agency.

Acorns are threat to cattle

September 15, 2010 Starting a little later in the season, acorns can pose a serious threat to cattle herds. While some cattle can apparently eat acorns with no ill effects, others develop kidney and digestive problems that can be fatal.Acorn poisoning is thought to be caused by tannic acid, which can cause death due to severe kidney damage. Cows drink large amounts of water, which is eliminated by the damaged kidneys in a clear, dilute form.


September 15, 2010 Incorrect information was provided to the Guard regarding school board elections in Tuesday’s edition.Midland school board member Clint McCance will be running unopposed in the election as Maverick Barnett has withdrawn from the race.

Kiwanis to meet Thursday

September 15, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Kiwanis will hold its monthly meeting at noon Thursday at the Cave City Community Center.Stephen Svetz II from the Arkansas Attorney General’s office will speak about identity theft. The meeting is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending are asked to R.S.V.P. by calling (870) 283-5593. 

Radio station plans fair

September 15, 2010 FAIRFIELD BAY — Radio station KFFB 106.1 will host its annual Health and Wellness Fair, presented by Chesapeake Energy on Sept. 25 at the HART Center in Fairfield Bay. The hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the event is open to the public.In addition to health screenings and tests, health professionals will provide health-related information. Most tests and screenings are free and a few will be done for a nominal charge.KFFB will give away $106.10 each hour, and vendors will have door prizes and giveaways.

Money, household items taken in Charlotte burglary

September 15, 2010 A Charlotte area man reported to police Monday that someone had burglarized his home, stealing several items, including $500 in cash.Lt. Brent Everett with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said James Parker filed a report Monday morning stating that within the past 24-hour period his home on Sanders Road had been broken into and items taken from several places in the residence.“Parker said he was unsure of the point of entry, but he noticed the front door was harder to open than usual,” Everett said.

Free fish fry offered

September 15, 2010 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries will have a fish fry Saturday to help promote the upcoming fifth annual Variety Night, set for Oct. 16.The free fish dinner will be served at 5, and after that the John 3:16 band will play at 6 and the men will be giving testimony at 7. There will also be two inflatable bounce houses for children.John 3:16 is located at 75 Holmes Road in Charlotte. For more information, call (870) 799-2525 or visit www.john316spiritualbootcamp.com.