UACCB meets need with program

April 9, 2009 To compete in today’s highly technical and economically challenging world more and more adults are returning to school.The UACCB Adult Education Department provides opportunities to students that wish to further their education through GED programs, English as a second language class for non-English speakers, and job advancement or basic skills preparation for college enrollment.Longtime educator Dee Webb is the adult education instructor at one of UACCB’s newest sites this spring at the Bethesda Community Center.

JPs contribute to historic home

April 9, 2009 MELBOURNE — Justices of the peace Tuesday evening added to a growing fund to help move and restore the historic Trimble house, which some say is the oldest building in the state of Arkansas.Last month, the quorum court discussed a funding request, but it was tabled so the finance committee could meet and discuss it.JP James Elbert recommended the county donate $1,000 to the cabin project, and the justices approved it.

Police force discussed

April 9, 2009 Newark will soon add a second officer to its police force, but some wonder if the shifts are enough — especially when summer arrives.On Tuesday, Newark Mayor Rick Hendrix, Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers and the interlocal committee met in the sheriff’s office conference room to discuss the condition of its police force and the potential of selling a car to the county.

Coroner’s body found in cemetery

April 9, 2009 ASH FLAT — For the past several years, Randy McComas was the one to call to pronounce victims deceased.This time, his cousin Tim McComas had to do the job.Sharp County Coroner Randy McComas was found dead in his SUV Wednesday evening of an apparent suicide in a cemetery near his mother’s grave.He was 34.“I got a call just before 7 o’clock from Tim McComas,” Sheriff Dale Weaver said. “Tim, of course, is police chief at Ravenden. He is also a deputy sheriff, a cousin of Randy’s and is also a deputy coroner.

News of other days

April 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 19, 1996. 

Three siblings do well in district horse show

April 8, 2009 Sisters Madelyn Cannon and Haley Sprouse, along with their brother Darrin Cannon, all came away winners from the Buffalo Island District Show on April 1 in Jonesboro, according to a news release.Darrin, 14, showed Joe Leo’s Lil Doll in the 2-3 Year Old class for a first-place win. Then he showed Watch My Colonel in the 5-and-Up Gelding class, winning both first place and grand champion titles.He also won the senior showmanship belt buckle.

Tips given for dealing with azalea leaf gall

April 8, 2009 Leaf and flower gall of azalea is caused by the fungus Exobasidium vaccinii. This disease is characterized by the formation of galls or swollen formations on the leaves and flowers.

Horse training set

April 8, 2009 The Ozark Gaited Saddle Club and the Arkansas Chapter of the Missouri Foxtrotting Horse Breed Association are sponsoring a free training seminar at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to Sheri McBride.The seminar, given by eight-time world champion trainer Geno Middleton of Pomona, Mo., will be at the Ozark Gaited Saddle Club Arena at 1405 Locust Grove Road south of Batesville. Middleton will give tips on bits and training techniques, followed by a question and answer session.Concessions will be available for a fee during lunch break.

Ask a Master Gardener… About strawberries

April 8, 2009 Question: Is it too late to plant strawberries?Answer: Ordinarily the answer would be yes, it is, but with this unusual spring with temperatures moving up and down between the 70s and close to freezing, it is hard to say.I think you will be well advised to wait until next year. Then plant your strawberries from transplants as early in the spring as you can work up the ground. Soak the roots in water for about an hour before planting.

School registration set

April 8, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mount Pleasant elementary campus of the Melbourne School District will have kindergarten and new student registration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24.Kindergarten registration will be held in the kindergarten rooms. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.Parents or guardians need to provide the following for children entering kindergarten: early physical screening development assessment; record of immunizations; Social Security number; and birth certificate.