Services set for Kevin Johnson

January 14, 2010 MELBOURNE — Less than a year ago, Kevin Johnson told the 2009 graduating class at Ozarka College to not let life pass them by, live in the moment and use their education to seize the day.Friday and Saturday, some of those same faculty and students will gather again at Ozarka, this time to pay their last respects.The 47-year-old man who was known to many as the man who survived two heart transplants and two stem-cell transplants died Wednesday at Baptist Health in Little Rock.

Plans call for new building

January 14, 2010 HARDY — The library business is booming in Sharp County.The library board on Wednesday approved a lease from the city of Williford for a new facility to be constructed in that community and also agreed to open a library in Ash Flat if a suitable location can be leased from city officials there.

Southside water position contested

January 14, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board learned during a regular meeting Tuesday that one of its open positions will be contested in the upcoming annual election, Manager John Richardson said.Heath Vaughn of 654 Kyler Road filed by the Jan. 5 deadline as a candidate for Position 1 on the board. Incumbent Tim Thomas also filed for re-election to that position, which will now be decided by a vote of the customers present at the annual meeting set for 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Southside Middle School Cafetorium.

Ballot petitions available

January 13, 2010 ASH FLAT — All landowners within the boundaries of the Sharp County Conservation District should be aware that petitions for securing a ballot position for the election of conservation district directors are available at the Sharp County Conservation District office located at 21 C Court Road in Ash Flat, according to a news release.“To be eligible for election, you must be an owner of land within the district and registered to vote under the election laws of Arkansas,” the release states.For more information call the district office at (870) 994-7335, extension 3.

USDA enhances integrity of farm programs, streamlines payment limits for family farmers

January 13, 2010 WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service to reduce fraud in farm programs and streamline payment limits for family farmers. The actions are intended to strengthen the integrity and defensibility of USDA farm safety net programs and help the agricultural industry to meet requirements included in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments sign-up under way

January 13, 2010 The USDA Farm Service Agency in Batesville recently announced that sign-up for Suplemental Revenue Assistance Payments, known informally as the SURE program, began Jan. 4, according to a news release.Those wanting to apply for the program must call their local FSA office to make an appointment for application, as the sign-up will be handled by the appointment system only.“This is a tedious process; that’s the reason for appointment system only,” the release states.

News of Other Days

January 13, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 29, 1997.73 YEARS AGOTwo people arrested several days ago by federal authorities on charges of using the mails to defraud in connection with a mail-order bride swindle, were today slated to be indicted by the U.S. Grand Jury in Little Rock.The woman, according to officers here, is alleged to have confessed to fleecing more than 100 men of sums ranging from $5 to $20 by promising to marry them after a mail-order courtship. The pair is from Cleburne County.

Thousands feared dead in Haiti; quake leaves many more trapped

January 13, 2010 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital today after a powerful earthquake crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.President Rene Preval said he believes thousands of people were dead from Tuesday afternoon’s magnitude-7.0 quake.

Eureka Springs’ Carnegie Library to mark centennial

January 13, 2010 EUREKA SPRINGS — In addition to shopping venues, Victorian architecture, Thorncrown Chapel, The Great Passion Play, music shows, unique lodging, tons of events, and other tourist attractions, the town of Eureka Springs is rich in history. Part of that history will be celebrated this year with the centennial of its Carnegie Public Library.