‘Growing communities’ farm program offered

October 27, 2010 DEWITT — As the leaves on trees begin to change and evenings become shorter, farmers throughout Arkansas are busy harvesting crops. While they are hard at work in the fields, farmers are also working hard to make a positive impact in their communities by participating in Monsanto Fund’s  America’s Farmers Grow Communities.This program offers farmers in more than 1,200 counties across 38 states, the unique opportunity to designate a $2,500 donation to their favorite local, non-profit organization. 

Correction

October 27, 2010 Incorrect information was provided to the Guard for an article Tuesday about the upcoming Sulphur Rock fall festival. Glenda Reding is a mayoral candidate.

Harvest Supper announced

October 27, 2010 CUSHMAN — Cushman United Methodist Church will host its annual Harvest Supper from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu will be turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and dessert. The meal will be dine-in or carry-out. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Board nixes vacation pay

October 27, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board has turned down a student transfer request.At the Oct. 19 board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Anne Webb recommended the board not to approve the request because the district would have to hire an extra teacher for an already at-capacity grade.In other business the board:• accepted the low bid for two metal buildings from Lacy’s Construction Company for $14,000. The other bids were $14,900 and $15,920.

Storm Spotter class offered

October 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Division of Continuing Education will offer a Storm Spotters course presented by the National Weather Service in Little Rock, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 at Ozarka’s main campus in Melbourne in the lecture hall of the John E. Miller Educational Complex. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Some still crying ‘fowl’ on animal ordinances

October 27, 2010 The Batesville City Council took in several points of view but appeared to be unswayed on the animal control ordinances.Tuesday night, the agenda included second readings of three ordinances dealing with fowl, tethering and vicious animals/pit bulls. The ordinances are on the city’s website, www.cityofbatesville.org, and are also available at city hall. In addition, the ordinances can be mailed upon request by calling (870) 698-2400.

Lyon fire determined suspicious

October 27, 2010 Lyon College freshman Jenifer Hubbard didn’t think there was much cause for concern when she first heard a fire alarm while inside the Edwards Commons building on campus Tuesday afternoon.“I didn’t really think anything of it,” said Hubbard, a biology major who was studying for an exam at the Lyon’s Den snack bar at around 4 p.m. when the alarm sounded and people were being evacuated.

Melbourne asks NCARED for support

October 27, 2010 SALEM — A group in Melbourne is hoping to get some help with expanding a local industry.At the recent North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development (NCARED) board meeting Eric Bray, member of the Melbourne Industrial Development Commission, spoke briefly about an initiative currently under way to raise funds to assist the Mohawk Industries facility in Melbourne in moving forward with expansion plans. Bray estimated the expansion would bring about 30-40 new jobs to the area. He closed his remarks by requesting NCARED support for the effort.In other business:

Suspect in state crime spree jailed

October 27, 2010 Already wanted by over 20 law enforcement agencies regarding theft and credit card fraud, a 26-year-old Little Rock woman is now wanted by local authorities on similar charges, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.On April 30 Deputy Colby Markum took a report from Darlene Crawford who said that earlier in the month a coin case containing her bank debit card was stolen while she was at a local fitness center.

Two charged in theft of gun

October 27, 2010 The attempt to pawn a stolen rifle has led to theft of property warrants being issued for a Batesville pair, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Brian Luetschwager with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Luetschwager said that shortly after midnight on Oct. 19 a Batesville man left his business to find a woman standing next to his car with the driver’s door open.“There was also a small four-door turquoise car parked next to his vehicle two other subjects inside,” Luetschwager said.