Southside accepting nominations

February 26, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Gifted and Talented program is currently accepting nominations for prospective students until April 1. Students who are nominated will be screened and a committee will consider the needs of each student based on screening information. Screenings will include classroom performance, reasoning skills, academic excellence, standardized test performance and creative ability.

Hillcrest approved for criminal grant

February 26, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Students at the Hillcrest School District could soon be learning about the criminal justice system now that a grant application to start a program has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education.Superintendent Greg Crabtree told the school board Monday that according to a letter, the district will receive about $37,000 in supplies to start a program, however, he would know more details in the next few months.

Pioneer Pizza now open for business in Batesville

February 26, 2010 Pioneer Pizza is now open at 1614 Harrison St. in Batesville offering carry-out or delivery of tasty pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads.Pioneer Pizza is operated by Connie Starr (along with her husband Mooney), who has extensive experience in the world of pizza preparation and customer service.Hours of operation are from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is in the old Pizza For Less location.To place an order call (870) 793-6300.

‘Glorious’ slated at The Rep

February 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Repertory Theatre will present the comedy “Glorious” March 12-28. Nominated for the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy, the play is based on the true-life story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a legendary New York heiress and socialite. Jenkins’ heart’s desire was to be a great opera diva in spite of having one of the “worst singing voices in history.” The Rep is located at 601 Main St. in downtown Little Rock. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 1-866-6THEREP.

Alliance seeks nominations for most endangered places

February 26, 2010 Little Rock — The Historic Preservation Alliance is seeking help in identifying endangered historic places that reflect Arkansas’ heritage for the 2010 Most Endangered Places List.The list highlights threats facing historically and architecturally significant properties throughout the state, according to a news release. The deadline for submitting nominations is April 16.

Clinton Library to host Oklahoma City bombing stories

February 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The William J. Clinton Presidential Center will host “First Person: Stories of Hope” and new exhibit opening Monday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6. Refreshments will be served.Family members, survivors and rescue workers will share first-person accounts of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing and reflect on the 15 years that have passed since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

New county flood maps to go into effect

February 26, 2010 DENTON, Texas — Independence County residents and business owners who do not have flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect., said Tony Russell, regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.New flood maps become effective March 17.The new flood insurance rate maps show locations of the 1 percent and .02 percent floodplains and floodways, which indicate possible flooding risks for residences and businesses.

Correction: Taylor victim, not suspect

February 26, 2010 An article in Thursday’s Guard incorrectly listed Jessan Aaron Taylor  as a suspect, when he was the victim, in an incident that took place at McDonald’s. According to a report filed by Officer Ernie Gillihan, the caller said two men in a silver Chevrolet Impala had pulled through the window and pulled a gun.The two men arrested were Nicholas D. Guzman and Keith A. Ostrander of 511 Ferrell St. No gun was found by the officers.

Nix announces

February 26, 2010 EVENING SHADE — Kathy Nix of Evening Shade has announced she is seeking re-election as Sharp County assessor.Nix has obtained a designation as a Level 4 appraiser from the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department and serves as Floodplain Admin-istrator for Sharp County. She served as president of the Arkansas Assessors Association and is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers and also of the Arkansas chapter of the same organization.

Adler announces Green Party candidacy

February 26, 2010 Batesville resident Kenton Adler has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress from Arkansas District 1. Representing the Green Party, Adler will square off against Democrat and Republican candidates for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Rep. Marion Berry. It will be the first time the Arkansas Green Party has fielded a candidate in this district.