• Shaws mark 50th year

    Jerry and Bonnie Shaw will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a drop-in reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
    The couple was married August 18, 1961. They have lived in the Union Hill community for most of their married life and have been active members of Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where Mr. Shaw is a deacon.
    They have two children, Tim Shaw and his wife, Regina, of Bradford and Teresa Treece and her husband, Jim, of Beebe; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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  • Correction

    Incorrect information was provided to the Guard concerning the engagement announcement of Erica Sullivan and Jamie Hall, which ran in Friday’s edition.
    The prospective groom is the son of Melissa Harris of Batesville and the late Michael Hall. He is the grandson of the late Ernest and Gertie Ballard of Cushman and the late Jeff and Lavern Hall of Batesville.
    The couple will exchange vows at 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of Bernes and Shirley Floyd, located at 45 Kari Brook Lane in Batesville.

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  • Melbourne sets hydration meeting for parents, guardians of gridders

    MELBOURNE — A meeting to discuss proper hydration for Melbourne junior and senior high football prospects is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 at the high school field, announced Melbourne Athletic Director Tim Massey.
    As required by the Arkansas Activities Associations, coaches will inform parents and guardians how to prepare their children for football practices.

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  • Youth fishing derby draws small crowd, big catfish

    The number of fishermen was small again, but the fish were plenty big enough.
    Four-year-old Ashley Matthews caught a 4-pound catfish, as did Koby Rich during the White River Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday morning. Matthews won a trophy and a fishing pole for catching the biggest fish among children in the 0-4 age category. Rich did the same for 9- to 12-year olds.
    Matthews and Rich were among the 30 children registered. Last year, the annual event drew 29 registrants.
    The top three finishers by age groups are:

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  • Batesville’s library to the past

    Every time I walk inside the Independence County Library in Batesville I lose a few years.
    Outside the door I’m 27. Inside I’m 10.
    One great thing about working for the Batesville Daily Guard is having grown up in the area. Raised at Strawberry, Batesville was always the big city, the “gettin’ place,” “town.”
    Working the education and library beats combine two of my favorite things: school and reading, so I always feel at home when on assignments that involve either one. But going to the library takes it all back.

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  • Burning down the house

    They’d been smelling smoke for a long time. Every once in a while, he’d pull down his reading glasses and look at her over the top of the Wall Street Journal and say, “Do you smell something burning?”
    She’d sniff, briefly, and, as she worked there at the kitchen table on her PTA speech, she’d say “Yeah. I asked you about that last week and you were too busy polishing your guns to pay attention.”
    He’d pull his glasses back up and bury his nose again in the paper.

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  • Student receives degree

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green State University recently awarded 1,958 degrees to students on May 7.
    Among those included Andrea Weatherman of Batesville who received a master of arts degree.

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  • UACCB awards three

    Three students have been awarded the Academic Distinction scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, according to a news release.
    Alexandra Frazier, daughter of Charles and Laurel Frazier, of Cave City graduated from Cave City High School. She plans to seek an associate of applied science degree in business.
    Corey Holley, the son of Mark and Darla Holley, of Batesville graduated from Cave City High School. He plans to become a nurse.

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  • Dance scholars named

    Two dancers from the North Arkansas Dance Theatre Academy have been named recipients of the Patrick Crommett Memorial Dance scholarship.
    The scholarship is in memory of Crommett who “gave so much to the art of dance in the Batesville area,” a news release states.

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  • Superintendent reflects on first year in charge

    It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a little over a year since I first walked into my office on Water Street. But here we are on the verge of the new school year, and as I reflect on my first year as Superintendent of the Batesville Public Schools, there are many things of which I am very proud, and very few of which I regret.
    Last fall was a whirlwind for me, as I met so many people for the first time. But everyone I met impressed me with their openness and their passion for children and for learning.

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  • Bogalusa wins Sumner trophy

     A crew from Bogalusa, La., claimed the prestigious Doug Sumner Memorial National Traveling Trophy at the 45th annual National Invitational White River Canoe Race here Saturday afternoon.
    Crew members Paul Dauterive, Colby Spears, Roo Breland and Joshua Treadway combined to win the 3-day, 120-mile race with a time of 11 hours, 49 minutes and 33 seconds. Bogalusa 313 crews have won the trophy two of the last three years.

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