T Tauri Film Fest winners named

July 7, 2009 The fifth T Tauri Film Festival award winners have been announced. The winners will be screened and awards presented on Aug. 1 at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.One hundred forty-five entries were received and judged by a peer jury that included students in the Lyon College APPLE Upward Bound program, as well as students in the summer Understanding Film class at UACCB. Four of nine awards go to Arkansas projects. The winners are:

Area Briefs

July 7, 2009 ICARE to host clinicMelbourne — The Izard County Animal Rescue Effort in conjunction with the AFA (Arkansans for Animals) will be hosting a low-cost spay and neuter clinic on July 21-23 at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne. To schedule a dog or cat, call ICARE at (870) 368-5000. Senior interns for Rep. Berry

ASU-Newport pins nurses

July 7, 2009 NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport’s Practical Nursing Program celebrated the completion of coursework and clinical training by 18 students with a Capping and Pinning Ceremony on July 2. The ceremony was held in the Student/Community Center on the ASUN campus and was followed by a reception hosted by Newport Nursing and Rehab, Lindley Healthcare and Harris Hospital.

Collins-Smith announces for state seat

July 7, 2009 POCAHONTAS — Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas resigned her position on the Arkansas Ethics Commission, a post to which she was appointed in 2008 by former Senate President Pro Tem Jack Critcher, to run for state representative in District 80.

Seeing double, triple

July 7, 2009 Twins have special bonds. However, if you’re the Kelley twins, Stokes twins or McCord twins, the bond is even more special.“It’s probably the only time this ever happened in our county,” said Johnny Kelley of Batesville. “It kind of makes you feel special. ... We were on the front page of the newspaper the first day (after) we were born.”———They knew about each other for years even if only through a photograph.

Lawrence to speak

July 7, 2009 “This I Believe” will be the program topic at Old Independence Regional Museum at 4 p.m. Sunday as six people share their committed beliefs during this meeting.Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence will center his remarks on patriotism and what Americans owe to their country. “I want citizens to remember those who have ‘fought the fight’ for democracy in the past and to enjoy the freedom they now have in America,” he said.

Reward offered in old murder case

July 7, 2009 On May 7, 1980, the nude body of Cindy Dennie Mallott was found shortly after 6 p.m. in the kitchen of her two-bedroom trailer in east Batesville.Twenty-nine years later, the case has been reopened and new evidence submitted to the state crime lab.The body of 23-year-old Cindy Mallott was found by her ex-husband, Donnie Lynn Mallott, who told police he left his job during a supper break and went by the trailer on South 26th Street, where he had been living, and found her body. Their 3-month-old son, Kevin Christopher Mallott, was found unharmed in a front bedroom.

News of other days

July 6, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 17, 1996.

Area Briefs

July 6, 2009 Computer, jewelry taken from local business