• Town to mark Founders Day

    POCAHONTAS — Founders Day will celebrate the history of Pocahontas and Randolph County Friday and Saturday.
    Events include a barbecue cook-off, live music, living historians and a pink tea. For detailed information visit www.SeeRandolphCounty.com or call (870) 758-1875 or (870) 892-0254.

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  • Bikers to be challenged

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The sixth annual Syllamo’s Revenge Mountain Bike Challenge takes place Saturday in the Mountain View area. The event offers more than 40 miles of biking through the beautiful Ozark Mountains with changing scenery and views of the White River Valley and Sylamore Creek Valley, according to a news release. Call (870) 269-8068 for details.

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  • Woodcarving to be demonstrated

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The North Arkansas Woodcarvers 31st annual Woodcarving Show and Sale Saturday and Sunday in Mountain Home features whittlers, woodcarvers, wood turners, vendors, judged competitions, demonstrations, and a carving contest.
    Participants range from novice to professional. The show is free to the public and takes place at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. Visit www.northarkansaswoodcarvers.org or call (870) 431-8070 for more information.

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  • EHC to host meeting

    The Independence County Extension Homemakers Council spring meeting will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. May 7 at the Cooperative Extension Service office in Batesville.
    A potluck will be part of the meeting.
    The Pfeiffer club is in charge of registration, Charlotte in charge of decorations and the hostess club will be FANS-Cord.
    For more information, call (870) 793-8840.

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  • Academy presents ‘Spring Fling’

    EVENING SHADE — The Evening Shade Math and Science Academy will present a “Spring Fling” music program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Evening Shade gymnasium.
    Admission is free.

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  • HR program scheduled

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Ambassador will present a program May 7 beneficial to area human resource managers and business owners on unemployment insurance concerning the employer, according to a news release.
    Mike Gleghorn, field auditor supervisor with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, will present an overview of elements involved in state unemployment tax and the issues involving misclassification of workers. Elements include:
    • Overview of state unemployment
    • Employer liability
    • Overview of tax rates and wage base for 2010

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  • Choirs slate program

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High and Middle school choirs will present “Defying Gravity: A New Generation of Broadway” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the middle school cafetorium.
    Selections will include music from “Wicked,” “Chicago” and “Hair Spray” among others, coordinator and instructor Angela Weaver said.
    Admission is free.

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  • Cover story

    On magazine covers published this week, Hillary Clinton never looked worse and Nancy Pelosi never looked better. Neither depiction seems fair or journalistically appropriate, bringing into focus the power of photo editing, even in a medium that supposedly never lies.
    During her lengthy tenure in the public eye, Clinton has been depicted in more than her share of unflattering photos —even without any consideration of the pantsuit thing. But Newsweek’s cover image on the May 3rd issue may be Clinton’s worst yet.

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  • Blame goes to Congress

    Dear editor:
    Kudos to the Guard for their “Special to the Guard” column. Getting our local kids involved in the political system may help their understanding of the country we are ruining. Miss Tina Dupuy’s letter “Trust in the GOP” while well written tells her readers she’s in the eighth grade and has not taken civics.

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  • Following the law

    Dear editor:
    Subject: Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal and Pollution Abatement Facilities Financing Act of 2007
    Recent letters to the editor in the area have said that “[a]ll water rights are transferred to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission” by Act 631 of 2007. There is no such language in the act, and it would be unconstitutional if there were.
    Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal, and Pollution Abatement Facilities Financing Act of 2007 was approved by almost two-thirds of the state’s voters in 2008 and does not limit, change, or even affect the water rights of landowners.

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  • Melbourne school plans event

    MELBOURNE — It will be food, fun and entertainment at Melbourne High School when art, band, choir and FFA students host an art exhibit, band and choir concerts, and a free community cookout on Tuesday, according to a news release.
    The FFA cookout will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the patio behind the cafeteria. High school student artwork will be on display at the student union from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., while the band and choir concerts are set to begin at 7:30 in the gymnasium.
    Admission is free.

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  • Progress edition coming

    The Batesville Daily Guard will again publish its Progress edition this summer.
    The edition is published every five years and offers updates made in the community, business and agriculture, public service and industry sectors — how they’ve grown, what’s new, what’s been updated, etc.
    To find out more information on how to list your business, industry, club or organization, call the Guard at (870) 793-2383 to have a form faxed to you, or pick up a form at our office at 258 W. Main St.

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