Public invited to view NASCAR mural at BRTC

March 26, 2009 POCAHONTAS — The history of NASCAR is featured in the form of a mural painted on the lobby walls of the Automotive Complex located on the campus of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. For nearly three months this past semester, Dr. Sandy Davis-Baltz, fine arts instructor at BRTC, and her Design I students spent a combined 352 hours creating the NASCAR mural, which will be open for public viewing next week. Davis-Baltz was asked to paint the wall as a class project for one of her studio groups.

Wrong lane use leads to DWI arrest

March 26, 2009 A Pleasant Plains man is facing several traffic charges following an alleged incident of driving in the wrong lane of traffic.Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson said he was dispatched to a possible drunk driver on Highway 167 north around 12:30 this morning and while en route encountered the vehicle, a red Ford Ranger pickup, sitting in the southbound lane.Jackson said he turned around to get behind the truck and as he was making a traffic stop, the truck was traveling south in the northbound lane of the highway.

Gem, mineral club to discuss fossils

March 26, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — “Fossils: The Large, The Small and The Interesting,” a PowerPoint presentation by Heather Hoey, will be presented at 10 a.m. April 2 at the Spring River Gem & Mineral Club meeting at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, president Paul Grindol said.

Award-winning journalist: Seek out truth

March 26, 2009 The power of words is an awesome power, according to Mike Masterson. Even the simplest words — “You are beautiful” or “I hate you” — can have a significant impact on others. They can also change lives.

Unity Fest to be May 30

March 26, 2009 Harmony, oneness, accord, consensus, unification — they all represent the ideals behind an upcoming event at Riverside Park in Batesville.The fourth annual Unity Fest on the River will be May 30, a benefit for John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions.“We named it (Unity Fest) because it’s all about bringing everybody together for one cause,” explained Bryan Tuggle, director of John 3:16.He said every year door prizes are given away, and this year’s prizes are the best yet:

Concord school making progress

March 26, 2009 CONCORD — The top administrator at Concord school is optimistic the district will be removed from the state’s fiscal distress list within a few months.Any district that is on the list for two years is subject to forced consolidation or annexation with adjoining districts.Concord was put on the list last April.“On June 30, the end of the fiscal year, they (state Department of Education officials) will look at how we end the year and evaluate where we’re at,” said Dr. Mike Davidson, superintendent.

News of other days

March 25, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 5, 1996.

12 local students earn achievement awards

March 25, 2009 NEWARK — Area high school students have received the Arkansas Student Achievement Award from the Arkansas ACT Council for their performance on the pre-ACT Assessment.The students are:• Cedar Ridge High School — Matthew Adkisson and Zach Kelley.• Midland High School — Charli Davis and Keith Giovannini.• Melbourne High School — Samuel Blankenship, Rose Clark, Thomas Elrod, Kristen Smith, William Smith, Christopher Taylor, Chris Tedeschi and Olevia Wetzel.

Student travels to Capitol, meets with gov.

March 25, 2009 BROCKWELL — Kendra Woods, a 10th grade student at Izard County Consolidated High School and daughter of Tony and Sandy Woods of Melbourne, had the opportunity as Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America state treasurer to meet with Gov. Mike Beebe at the state Capitol for the Career and Technical Student Organization Proclamation signing.Woods, along with her four other state FCCLA officers, met with the governor for a signing ceremony and photos.