Flu clinic scheduled

December 1, 2009 Independence County is having a second flu clinic, but this time it will be at the health department — not the fairgrounds — and it will not be a drive-through clinic like at the fairgrounds, according to health unit administrator Sonia Nix.“We will be doing them here on December 18th from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. or until we run out of vaccine,” Nix said.The clinic will be a walk-in.

News of Other Days

November 30, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 13, 1996.

Chelsea Clinton engaged to be married

November 30, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has become engaged to her longtime boyfriend.Matt McKenna, a spokesman for former President Bill Clinton, confirmed that 29-year old Chelsea and investment banker Marc Mezvinsky got engaged on Thanksgiving and announced it in an e-mail to friends.Chelsea is the only daughter of the former president and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The couple was rumored to be getting married last summer in Martha’s Vineyard but the stories turned out to be premature. The engagement was first reported by ABC News.

Neighbors bring in farmer’s last crop

November 30, 2009 MARMADUKE (AP) — At first glance, it was just another day on the farm: fields stretched almost as far as the eye can see in two directions, and the brown, spindly branches of cotton plants were dotted white with bolls ready to harvest.Some of the 20 men gathered finished their lunch and prepared to climb back aboard the cotton pickers and tractors pulling boll buggies, while others headed out to man the module builders, which shape the loose, picked cotton into giant stacks that will later be picked up by workers from the nearby cotton co-op for processing.

Searcy cops learn to spot deception

November 30, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — The days of getting away with a little white lie may be over at Ahlf Junior High School and Searcy High School as two school resource officers have been trained in reading body language to detect deception.The class, “Subconscious Communication to Detect Danger” was offered Sept. 10 at the Criminal Justice Institute of Little Rock and featured a nationally-known expert in the subject, Dr. S.A. Rhodes of Colorado.

Ark. health ranks 40th in nation

November 30, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas was ranked 40th in overall health in a new report that says smoking and obesity are still among the biggest health challenges for Arkansans and much of the nation.The annual America’s Health Rankings report is released annually by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. Now in its 20th year, the report’s rankings are based on 37 health measures.Arkansas’ ranking is up from 50th in 1998.

Batesville resident recognized as Teacher of the Year

November 30, 2009 Grady — Kay Trumble of Batesville, an academic instructor at the McPherson Unit in Newport, was honored with the Hurshell D. Qualls Teacher of the Year Award at the 36th Annual Arkansas Correctional School graduation ceremony held at the Cummins Unit in Grady earlier this year.

AARP executive meeting set

November 30, 2009 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex.This event is open to committee members and AARP members.

Thurstons to discuss nutcracker collection

November 30, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Nutcracker collecting began when Nancy Thurston’s son was stationed in Germany in the late 1980s. He sent her a small nutcracker/incense burner that was made in Germany and the collection grew.Spring River Branch members of the National League of American Pen Women will hear the rest of the story and see several nutcrackers from the collection at their December meeting. The public is invited to join them at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall of the Cherokee Village Lutheran Church located at the corner of Okmulgee and Cherokee Road.

Guard collecting food, other items for John 3:16, Luke 4:18

November 30, 2009 It’s a time for giving and receiving at the Batesville Daily Guard.As a way of giving back to the community, the Guard is asking for donations to help John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte and Luke 4:18 Lives, located on Swaim Hill Road near Southside. During the months of October and November, those who bring in five or more nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies or paper supplies will receive $5 off a three-month or more subscription of the Guard. The offer is valid for both new and renewal subscriptions. This special offer ends Today.