• Arkansas Baptist adds to athletics

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Baptist College is expanding its athletic program.
    The Little Rock junior college will offer softball, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s cross country and track and field beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year, Athletic Director Charles Ripley said Monday.
    Arkansas Baptist is entering its third season of junior college football.

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  • UAPB assistant gets promotion

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Cary Shelton has been hired as Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s women’s basketball coach.
    Shelton will take over next month. He has previously been an assistant for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at UAPB.
    “We’re very excited to be able bring in a coach of the caliber of Coach Shelton,” Athletic Director Skip Perkins said. “We believe he will be able to take the women’s basketball program to new and improved heights.”

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  • News of other days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 8, 1996.

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  • Williford student attends camp

    LITTLE ROCK — Brooke Fowler of Williford was among 65 young people participating in the 37th annual Arkansas Farm  Bureau Teen Challenge Camp held June 15-18 at the C.A. Vines Center near Ferndale, according to Jim Kester of the bureau.
    “During the week,  students attended classes on ATV training, drinking and driving prevention, power line safety, and Dewayne  Yarbrough of the attorney general’s office spoke on ‘Smart Choices, Better Choices.’”
    Fowler was sponsored  by Sharp County Farm Bureau.

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  • Flower, garden tips offered

    By now your plants should have fully leafed out and begun growing. If you have any plants or branches that have not leafed out, begin pruning. Some damage is still lingering from the 2008 Easter freeze.
    Also, if you have severe damage, you will need several years’ worth of good pruning to reshape the plant. How well you prune a young plant can help determine how well it grows in future years. Look for branches that cross over or that have weak crotch angles. Too many trunks or branches on top of each other will eventually lead to problems.

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  • Prevent pesticide spray drift

    ASH FLAT — Whenever pesticides are applied, the potential exists for damaging off-target movement, or “drift.” However, attention to weather conditions and sound judgment can lead to decisions that will minimize drift and possible harmful effects.
    By preventing or minimizing drift, you should avoid the following:
    • Risks to nearby people and wildlife.
    • Damage to non-target crops.
    • Potential pollution of surface and groundwater resources.

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  • Leroy Johnson

    EVENING SHADE — Leroy Johnson, 76, of Evening Shade died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at his home.
    Born May 24, 1933, at Sardis, Miss., he was the son of William Anderson and Anna Pruitt Johnson. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a molding technician for Zila in Batesville. He attended Little Springs Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie.

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  • Billy Blackshear Sr.

    BELVIDERE, Ill. — Billy Joe Blackshear Sr., 75, of Belvidere, Ill., formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at his home.
    Born Sept. 30, 1933, in Portia, he was the son of William and Ora Blackshear. He attended schools in Arkansas. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a construction worker until his retirement.

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  • Terry Elliott

    Terry Wyatt Elliott, 55, of Batesville died Monday, June 22, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
    The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Willis Funeral Service Chapel in Batesville with Chuck Seay officiating. Burial will be in Wyatt Cemetery in Rosie.
    Pallbearers will be Joey Wyatt, Andrew Wyatt, Ethan Wyatt, Steve Lively, Gary Mize and Gary Young.
    Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight.
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    www.willisfs.com

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  • Howard McDoniel

    MAGNESS — Robert Howard McDoniel, 90, of Magness died Monday, June 22, 2009, in Magness.
    The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Magness Church of Christ. Burial will be in Mac’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson’s Newark Funeral Home.
    Pallbearers will be Robert Neal McDoniel, Kevin McDoniel, Brian McDoniel, Eric McDoniel, Larissa McDoniel and Hubert McDoniel.
    Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
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    www.jacksonsfh.com

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  • Blackberry Bushes to perform

    Calico Rock — The Blackberry Bushes from Seattle will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.
    The Blackberry Bushes Stringband “honor old time and bluegrass tradition with modern homegrown illuminations,” according to a news release.

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  • Birthday reception slated for Sinele’s 85th birthday

    OIL TROUGH — Mabel Ford Sinele will celebrate her 85th birthday with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. July 4 at Oil Trough City Hall.
    She was born July 5, 1924, near Cave City, to Howard and Lillie Burrow Ford. She graduated from Cave City High School and received a bachelor of arts in mathematics and social studies from Harding College (now Harding University). She taught for a year at Cave City School and for 27 years at Oil Trough High School.
    She married G.H. Sinele on May 29, 1944, in Cave City. They moved to Oil Trough on April 19, 1946, to live on and manage a farm.

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