• Martha Martin

    SULPHUR ROCK — Martha Martin, 91, of Sulphur Rock died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Oct. 19, 1917, in Independence County, she was the daughter of William Melton and Cora Melvina Simpson Kever. She was a homemaker and worked several years for J.K. Southerland Poultry Processing Plant. She enjoyed quilting and was a member of Sharp United Methodist Church near Gainesboro.

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  • Elsie Martin

    ROSIE — Elsie Martin, 93, of Rosie died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, in Batesville.
    The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Rosie Baptist Church. Burial will be in Kyler Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
    Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
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  • Dixie Wood

    SEARCY — Dixie Lee Wood, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, in Searcy.
    Born Jan. 30, 1931, in McClellan, she was the daughter of Leon and Arkie Ramsey.

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  • Mary Powers

    POUGHKEEPSIE — Mary Sparks Powers, 54, of Poughkeepsie died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at her home.
    Born Oct. 23, 1954, at Davenport, Iowa, she was the daughter of Vern and Colleen Hogg Sparks. She enjoyed the outdoors and writing.

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  • Revered guitar player-inventor Les Paul dead at 94

    NEW YORK — Musicians worldwide are paying tribute to Les Paul, the music icon whose solid-body electric guitar paved the way for rock ’n’ roll. He died this week at age 94.
    Paul, a guitar virtuoso, performed with some of early pop’s biggest names and produced a slew of hits, many with wife Mary Ford. But it was his inventive streak that made him universally revered by guitar gods as their original ancestor and earned his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the most important forces in popular music.

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  • Blanchard Springs to host programs on insects

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release.
    Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff.
    This week’s topic is insects, and programs are:

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  • Harding announces Distinguished Lecture Series

    SEARCY — The 2009-10 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series will kick off Sept. 17 and includes a diverse line-up of speakers, according to a news release.
    Presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. inside Benson Auditorium.

    Nonie Darwish — Sept. 17

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  • Price Kinlan Carpenter

    Editor’s note: This birth announcement is being run again due to incorrect information being submitted to the Guard from the hospital.

    Dylan and Destiny Carpenter have announced the birth of a son at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center in Little Rock on Aug. 3, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and has been named Price Kinlan Carpenter.
    Grandparents of the child are Steve and Beth Carpenter of Batesville and Darrell and Cindy Duncan of Swifton.

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  • Sophie Kay Krug

    Brian and Jessica Krug of Conway have announced the birth of a daughter at Conway Regional Medical Center on July 30, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and has been named Sophie Kay Krug.
    Grandparents of the child are Tom and Michele Barnett and Fred and Carole Krug, all of Batesville.
    Great-grandparents are Chip and Sharon Melton and Gene and Erma Barnett, all of Batesville.

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  • England, George wed

    CAVE CITY — Judy Lynn England and Ricky Don George were united in marriage July 18 at First Assembly of God in Cave City.
    Bobby Sanders officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Ethel Blake and the late Ralph Blake. The groom’s parents are Richard and Louise George and the late Peggy George.
    Flower girl was Hannah England, daughter of the bride.
    After a wedding trip to Branson, Mo., the couple resides in Southside.

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  • Dysfunctional family sometimes set course

    Did you ever hear the expression, “180 degrees from sick is still sick”?
    The expression comes from family therapy. I first heard it some twenty years ago when I was team-teaching a course on the family with my colleague in social work, Dick Freer.
    The expression refers to the behavior of adults that grew up in dysfunctional families. Say, for example, that a young woman had a father who was alcoholic. And say she saw him spend his paycheck on booze, lose his jobs, get into fights, and beat her mother.

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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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