Stripers make heart beat fast

August 21, 2009 The sun was glaring down, and Lake Norfork was pancake flat and glassy. Glare made it hard to see the constantly changing bottom profiled on the fish finder. It was a decision whether to scan the distant water for active surface shad or watch the shapes unfold below as we trolled slowly along a deep section of the lake.The gizzard shad in the live bait well were dying rapidly, victims of the heat and a long day that had started well before daylight.

Whitten wins at state show

August 21, 2009 ASH FLAT — Alex Whitten and Shaina Manning of the Sharp County Ruff Riders competed in the recent State 4-H Horse Show in Little Rock, with Whitten winning first place in Western Riding; second in Queens, as well as in Flags and the Stake Race; sixth in Halter Geldings; seventh in Trail Class; and eighth in Halter Mares, sponsor Nancy Orr said.Orr, James Whitten and Kim Whitten accompanied the two Ruff Riders.

Saffell man takes first in burnout

August 21, 2009 CAVE CITY — Eric Johnson of Saffell won the Cave City Cruizers Burnout Contest at Ray’s Fish House/Pizza PM on Aug. 7, according to a news release.Johnson won $100, with the car club donating half of the prize money and First Community Bank donating the other half. Johnson also won a plaque.Gene Lovins of Evening Shade took second place and Dean Bailey, also of Evening Shade, came in third.

Sidney School Reunion slated

August 21, 2009 SIDNEY — All former students, descendants of students, and friends of the old Sidney School will celebrate the 15th biennial reunion from noon until 4 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Sidney Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, according to Verbyl Caraway, chairman of the event.Sidney’s public school closed in 1957 and the all-alumni homecomings have been staged on odd-numbered years since 1981. It has always been held on the Sunday afternoon before Labor Day and Mrs. Caraway has directed the reunions since the beginning.

Correction – Midland schools

August 21, 2009 Incorrect and incomplete information ran in Monday’s Guard concerning Midland schools.  Preschool teachers are Leisa Sharp, Kendra Witcher and Amy Warren. Diane Baker is mathematics coach. Judy Coppens is fourth-grade teacher. Second-grade teachers are Montarae Leasure and Susan Vaughan. Elementary instructional assistants are Becky Burrow and Cindy Dunn. Geneva Kimbriel, resource.

Midland renews contract

August 21, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — More than 60 percent of Midland’s 2009 graduation seniors are enrolled in a school of higher education this fall, Midland High School Principal Donna Clark told the school board. In other business, board members agreed to renew the district’s contract with TAPS (Texas-Arkansas Purchasing System), a consortium of popular vendors which helps institutions save money on items like pencils and paper to classroom technology equipment and construction projects.

Council to meet Tuesday

August 21, 2009 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes an ordinance amending taxi franchises regarding liability insurance, a fee schedule for application actions brought before the planning commission and board of adjustments, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.

H-Bend to host auction

August 21, 2009 HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the “We’re Back” annual Radio Auction Monday through Aug. 28.Radio Station 98.3 FM will broadcast the auction from 6 to 9 p.m. each day at city hall, and it can be viewed live on television channel 2.Businesses making donations will receive advertising on the radio, television and newspapers.All proceeds will go toward promotion of the city.

Arts council grants available

August 21, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Arkansas Arts Council is offering prekindergarten-12th grade schools and community organizations an opportunity to participate in the Arts in Education mini-grant program, according to the Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Center.“The grant program will provide funding to bring artists listed on the Arts in Education artist roster into the classroom or into an after-school or summer program to present a hands-on, curriculum-based or character-centered artist residency that can last up to 10 days,” the release states.

Church to host yard sale

August 21, 2009 Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church will host a “free yard sale” from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday.There will be items for all ages.All items are free to individuals and families.The church is located at 4000 Harrison St. in Batesville.