• Rees, Welsh to wed

    SOUTHSIDE — Michael and Deborah Rees of Southside have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Ambur Rees, to Donald Welsh, son of Donald and Diane Welsh of West Palm Beach, Fla.
    The bride-elect is a 1999 Southside High School graduate and a 2003 graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor of science in biology.
    She is a canine handler for the Department of Homeland Security.
    The prospective groom is a 2001 graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School.

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  • Music Roots celebrates heritage, collaboration

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — A program in Mountain View has found a way to keep the past alive while at the same time, provide music instruments for students who may not otherwise afford them.
    The Music Roots concert is scheduled for at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ozark Folk Center Auditorium.
    The concert is free and all interested students, particularly current third-graders, and their families are encouraged to attend. Sign up for the 2011-12 school year will begin at the concert. Space in the program may be limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

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  • Crofts to celebrate silver anniversary

    Dan and Sherry Croft of Batesville will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the home of Jessie and Cleta Hubbard, located at 47 Bufford St. in Desha.
    Sherry Hubbard and Dan Croft were married April 30, 1986, in the home of the bride’s parents with Jim Kemp officiating.
    They have three children, Courtney Croft, Nicholas Croft and Sidney Croft, all of Batesville.
    Mr. Croft is employed by Peco Foods. Mrs. Croft is a teacher’s aide in Batesville School District.
    All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

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  • The Weekend Events

    Editor’s note: If you are unsure whether an event will be held, call the number if listed ahead of time.

    Friday
    • Treddle wheel spinning demonstration by Dana Scheaffer, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Calico Rock Artisan’s Cooperative. Call (870) 297-4129 or visit www.calicorocket.org/artists.
    • Spring Fling, 5-8 p.m., Newark Elementary rear parking lot. Silent auction, games and food; proceeds will help update the playground. Call (870) 834-9712.

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  • Final exam

    I was taking a computer science class that was considered by most students to be the hardest one in the curriculum, and it was taught by the hardest teacher. We met for three hours each week and, as we were finishing up the next to last class, he made an announcement.
    “For the final next week, I will allow one of two options. For the first option, you will take the final, and it will count for half of your grade.”

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  • Mother’s Day: A closer look

    This Mother’s Day, let’s not just go through the motions of Hallmark cards and dining out. Let’s stand back and stare in awe at the impact of motherhood.
    Modern society as a whole owes an immeasurable debt to motherhood. Alexander Graham Bell might never have invented the telephone if his mother hadn’t nagged him, “Son, you never call me.”

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK — Next year the state will award public school districts about $157 million for construction of new facilities and certain renovations of existing facilities.
    The Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation approved funding for 219 projects last week. The commission also approved almost $32 million in facilities projects for the year after next, which will be fiscal year 2012-2013.

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  • Former UofA, Conway High star wins vote for Madden cover

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has ended its championship drought.
    Browns running back Peyton Hillis will grace the cover of Madden NFL ’12, the popular video game, after beating Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in a vote by fans. Hillis received 66 percent of the one million votes cast to handily defeat Vick in the final.
    Hillis, who played at the University of Arkansas and his schoolboy days for the Conway Wampus Cats, rushed for 1,177 yards last season, his first with the Browns.

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  • Death numbers now at 214

    PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) — Dozens of tornadoes ripped through the South, flattening homes and businesses and killing at least 214 people in six states in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years.
    As day broke today, people in hard-hit Alabama surveyed flattened, debris-strewn neighborhoods and told of pulling bodies from rubble after the storms passed Wednesday afternoon and evening.

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  • Wilderness First Responder course offered

    CLARKSVILLE — University of the Ozarks will host a nationally recognized Wilderness First Responder course presented by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) July 23-31 on the Clarksville campus, said Larry Isch, director of public relations.
    The certification course is administered by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The course, which is the only one of its kind offered by NOLS in Arkansas this year, is being hosted by the university’s Ozarks Outdoors program.

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  • Weeds are pretty on roadsides, but not in gardens

    When I go for a ride, I enjoy looking at the scenery. A major part of the scenery is often what is growing by the roadside. Just like in the garden, the scenery changes with the seasons.
    It has been a surprise to me to find out how many of these beautiful flowers are considered weeds. A weed may just be a flower in the wrong place, but for those of us just driving by it helps improve the scenery. But the plants most often considered “weeds” often have very bad habits.

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  • Addendum

    Incomplete information was provided to the Guard in a story published Thursday about Cave City High School graduates.
    Students Brandon Draper, Joe Kennedy, Norman Marchbanks and Wendi Langenback were inadvertently omitted from the seniors list and Dillon Sallas’ name was spelled incorrectly.
    Also, Ben Stone, Corey Bennett, Jenny Stinson, Kalynn Cooper, Kayla Lee, Rachel Koch, Sara Salmon, Cheryl Bell, Jon Bradley, Pam St. John, Jamie King, Marc Walling and Steven Green are not graduates.

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