News of Other Days

February 2, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 18, 1997. 73 YEARS AGO

Rock ’n’ roll highway promotes tourism in adjacent counties

February 2, 2010 ASH FLAT — A tourism promotion idea that began in Randolph County — the designation of Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 — is picking up steam and can help not only the counties the highway crosses, but other areas of northeast Arkansas as well, Linda Collins-Smith said recently.Big money can be generated by tourism — after agriculture, it’s the No. 2 industry in the state, the president and founder of the Randolph County Tourism Association told members of the Sharp County Historical Society.

Dinner to be served

February 2, 2010 HIGHLAND — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Highland Memorial Post 4772 will serve a baked ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the post, located just off Liberty Hill Road in Highland.The dinner will include vegetables, salad bar, dessert and beverage. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Strawberry River DAR to meet

February 2, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Members of the Strawberry River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cherokee Village City Hall.February is a busy month with Presidents Day, Black History month and birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Emphasis will be placed on Black History and Lincoln at this meeting.

Varied art scene found in state

February 2, 2010 Though often underplayed, the art scene is alive and well in Arkansas. Blues and banjo musicians, actors and architects, potters and poets, fashion designers and film crews — all have left their artistic imprint in the state over the years.

Ozarka reports record spring

February 2, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College will again report record enrollment with 1,330 students enrolled for spring semester at this time, the largest headcount for a spring semester to date. Full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers are at their highest overall with a 10-percent increase over spring 2009.

ICEDC to host meeting

February 2, 2010 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will host a needs assessment meeting at 6 tonight in the Southside School cafeteria. The meeting is open to the public and will be facilitated by Justice of the Peace Tim Stewart.

Airman to be honored Saturday

February 2, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — A drop-in reception for JC Malensek will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hutchinson Mountain community center. Family, friends and acquaintances are invited. Malensek, 21, will be leaving for Korea, where he will be stationed a year with the U.S. Air Force. He recently completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan, according to his grandmother, Barbara Rorie.

Family Violence Prevention to host dinner, auction

February 2, 2010 Family Violence Prevention will host a “Silent No more ... Dine to End Domestic Abuse” dinner and silent auction starting at 6 p.m. April 9 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Batesville.Batesville native Eric Isaac, co-owner and chef of Ristorante Capeo in North Little Rock and trained at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Italy, will be the evening’s chef. A silent auction will be held prior at 6 with dinner at 7, and proceeds will be used to help increase community education and understanding of domestic and sexual violence, a news release states.

Body is that of Mtn. Home man

February 2, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says a body found in the Ozark National Forest is that of a missing Mountain Home man.Montgomery says 45-year-old Troy Alan Gessner was found shortly after noon Monday by a tree cutter with the U.S. Forest Service. Baxter County deputies and investigators responded to an area known as “Jeep Trail,” a Forest Service Road that intersects with Push Mountain Road. U.S. Forest Service officers also responded to the location. In addition, the sheriff’s office launched its helicopter to assist with the investigation.