Civil rights leader to be remembered

January 15, 2010 The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 889 Oak St. in Batesville.Speaker will be the Rev. Desmond Wilson, pastor at Bethel. Money will be raised for the scholarship fund at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.The event, which is open to the public, honors the slain civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Ice storm, floods, coroner’s death top news in Sharp County in 2009

January 15, 2010 Like many other counties in northcentral and northeast Arkansas, one of Sharp County’s top stories of 2009 began Jan. 29 with freezing rain that, over the next few days, developed into one of the worst ice storms of the century.Thousands were left without power for days and the sound of tree limbs — and even tree trunks — exploding as they broke from the weight of the ice sounded much like artillery shells going off in a war zone.Hardy implemented a curfew with members of the Arkansas National Guard on hand to help enforce it.

News of Other Days

January 14, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 30, 1997.

College, career coaches placed in economically challenged communities

January 14, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe has announced the second expansion of Arkansas Works, the governor’s strategic initiative to coordinate education, training and economic development in Arkansas communities. The new initiative is a pilot program that has hired and placed 43 full-time College and Career Coaches in 21 of Arkansas’s0 counties, and expanded the features found in the Arkansas College and Career Planning System.

Man found with drugs inside jail

January 14, 2010 A motorist’s report of a reckless driver led police to arrest a 33-year-old Pleasant Grove man on felony drug charges Dec. 18, according to a court affidavit by Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Sims.Deputy Randy Sharp stopped a pickup truck driven by Daniel T. Younger around 4 p.m. at the foot of Ramsey Mountain on Highway 167 south of Batesville after police got a report of a reckless driver.Sharp arrested Younger on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, according to the affidavit.

Foundation gives scholarships

January 14, 2010 The White River Health System Foundation recently presented scholarships to Emily “Emmy” Perrin, Valerie Ragsdale, Amanda Scribner and Mandy Tedeschi, to continue their education and professional development. Scholarships are awarded annually to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) seeking degrees as registered nurses (RNs).

R&B singer Pendergrass dead at 59

January 14, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, who was one of the most electric and successful figures in music until a car crash 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair, has died of colon cancer. He was 59.Pendergrass died Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized for months.The singer’s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had “a difficult recovery.”

Library to be closed

January 14, 2010 The Independence County Library will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Home Depot to host Do-It-Herself workshop tonight

January 14, 2010 The Home Depot of Batsville will host a free Do-It-Herself workshop from 7 to 8:30 tonight. To register visit  Women will learn how to replace a shower head, install bathroom accessories, select and install a new bathroom faucet as well as how to install a new toilet.