Shriner onions available

May 18, 2010 The White River Shrine Club Vidalia onions can be picked up at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. Times are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday; and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday. Those who cannot pick up onions at this time are asked to call (870) 307-9569 or 307-9568 to make other arrangements. “We have some extra onions so if you did not pre-order and would like some onions you may call the above numbers or contact a local Shriner or come by the fairgrounds during the above days,” Bill Pierce said. to post real-time election results

May 18, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard had such a great response from the political debates April 27 that we are also going to webcast activities at the Independence County Courthouse, following the election results live as they come in Tuesday night, starting at 7:30 as precincts around the county close. Results for select races will be posted in real-time on the Guard’s website, The results and webcast are free to view, and one does not have to be a subscriber to access them.

Spring Tour of Homes: Johnston home opens

May 18, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the third of four homes to be featured on the spring tour. For information about the tour, contact Shirlye Marable at (870) 793-7247 or David and Denise Johnston may be more eager for Sunday’s tour of homes to be finished than any other couple featured this year. That’s because they can’t wait to begin tearing down drywall and looking for a “lost” fireplace in the middle of the home. It’s something like a treasure hunt, and even if it doesn’t pan out, at least the Johnstons will have their curiosity abated. ———

College student sets high goals

May 18, 2010 Once thought of as a high school dropout, single mother Lauri Sparks of Batesville is showing her daughters how to set one’s mind on a goal and achieve it. She also plans to use her college degree to help other children.

Hall joins board

May 18, 2010 The Rev. Brien Nix Hall of Ash Flat has been appointed to the Lyon College Board of Trustees. Hall, a 1992 graduate of Lyon, was elected to an alumni trustee position designated for Arkansas residents who live outside Independence County.

ZIP code concerns cause stir

May 18, 2010 FRANKLIN — A mistake attributed to a former mayor and city treasurer has residents in Franklin at odds with the Izard County Assessor’s Office over a new address system. Monday night those concerns were addressed after the Franklin City Council met with state and county representatives over the changes that are under way in Izard County.

Citizens Bank gives UACCB $20,000

May 18, 2010 Citizens Bank of Batesville recently gave $20,000 for an endowed scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, bringing the available number of scholarships and awards to nearly 30. The bank was the main sponsor of the college’s Renaissance Day’s Eventide Feast for two years, according to Hayes Olson, director of development at the school. “When we approached them about sponsoring the event, we said, any extra money raised by the event will go into a UACCB Foundation endowment fund in the bank’s name,” she said.

Southerner finishes 37th in decathlon

May 17, 2010 CABOT — Southside Southerner Brandon Ritter finished 37th in the decathlon here Thursday. The junior totaled 4,379 points in the 10 track and field events. Bentonville senior Ethan Sandusky won the title with 7,486 points. He finished 214 points in front of Fayetteville junior Stephen Sorens. The heptathlon title went to Jessica Otto, a senior from Mansfield. She won the 7-event competition with 5,067 points. Macey Rodley, a sophomore from Jonesboro, finished second with 4,836 points.

NCA District fair group awards two graduating seniors

May 17, 2010 SALEM — The North Central Arkansas District Fair has awarded scholarships to two graduating seniors in the NCA District Fair area which includes Cleburne, Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties. Winners of the 2010 scholarships are Alexandra Whitten of Highland High School (Sharp County) and Matt Loggains of Melbourne High School (Izard County).

Ouachita honors local student at academic awards banquet

May 17, 2010 ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University recognized the academic achievements of students across the university at its 31st annual academic awards banquet April 29. “The Academic Awards Banquet provides a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the accomplishments of students in every discipline and to honor their hard work and dedication to academic excellence,” said Dr. Stan Poole, OBU vice president for academic affairs.