Johnson picked as chamber president

June 17, 2009 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has a new president.Crystal Johnson was announced this morning as the selection. She will start work June 29.Originally from Fayetteville, Johnson said her background is in sales and marketing, and when she heard the chamber had an opening she thought it would be a good opportunity to make a difference in the Batesville and Independence County communities.“I’m excited,” she said this morning by phone. “Batesville has so much to offer and we don’t advertise enough.”

News of other days

June 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 27, 1996.

Stimulus cash to allow state to hire up to 400

June 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas officials say they expect to hire up to 400 temporary workers using stimulus money, but are warning applicants the jobs won’t be there when the federal funds run out.Representatives from several state agencies held a town hall meeting Monday to discuss Arkansas’ expected $2.9 billion share of the federal stimulus package. The meeting in Little Rock was the sixth in a series of forums planned around the state this summer.

Desha hydroponic farm gets new owners, name

June 16, 2009 DESHA — Last year there was a national shortage of mint in the culinary world; earlier this year it was chives.As a result of these shortages, a local family was able to step in and help fill the void from their herb farm at Desha.Stan and Kim Hinkle are the new owners of a hydroponic operation that raises nearly a dozen type herbs for grocery stores all over the country.Since taking over the operation just a short time ago, the couple decided to upgrade and refurbish the farm.

Travel writer finds treasure in Arkansas Delta

June 16, 2009 I remember the months before my own wedding. It seemed like an endless task of appointments, showers, photography sessions and dress fittings. What I wouldn’t have given for a day or two to explore, think, and do something just for myself! When planning a wedding, finding these opportunities are rare; but if you have chosen to travel to Low’s Bridal in Brinkley, I invite you to seize the opportunity to find more than that perfect dress in Arkansas.

MASH camps get under way

June 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — MASH (Medical Application of Science for Health) camps are now under way throughout the state, the program’s 16th year to offer high school students the opportunity to experience a variety of health care professions in Arkansas, according to a news release.Some 400 students are taking part in the two-week programs at locations throughout the state. MASH is free to the students because of annual funding from several agencies and organizations.

Service News

June 16, 2009 San Antonio — Army Reserve Pvt. Caleb E. Goodman has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Cousins & Friends Reunion will be only one day this year

June 16, 2009 WIRTH — The 22nd annual Cousins & Friends Reunion will be one day instead of the usual two days this year, said Boyd Estes of Wirth, who helps organize the event.“The reunion was created by Coach Orwell Moore, owner and coach of the world-famous All American Red Heads,” Estes said.Moore, of Caraway, died May 19. He was 91.“All descendants and friends of the Moore, Estes, Short, Duke, Manry, Orr, Coggins, McCord, Godwin, Martin and Kent families are invited,” Estes said.

Club News

June 16, 2009 Arkansas EHCHOT SPRINGS — “TEAM: Together Everyone Accomplishes More” was the theme for the annual Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council meeting June 9-11 at the Hot Springs Civic and Convention Center.