Area Briefs

July 22, 2009 Resignation to be discussedCONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration building to accept an employee resignation, according to an agenda for the session.A financial report will also be reviewed. CorrectionThe time for a Look Good, Feel Better program was incorrectly listed in Tuesday’s Guard. It will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday.

Powering Rural Development session slated

July 22, 2009 CAVE CITY — A Powering Rural Development focus group session for Sharp County citizens will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the safe room on the Cave City School campus, said organizer Greg Bess.Bess is president of the Sharp County Economic Develop Commission, which hosts focus group sessions along with Arkansas State University’s Delta Center for Economic Development and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Bess is also president of the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development Commission.

Patriot Guard attends funeral

July 22, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — More than 25 American flags flapped in the wind Monday as members of the Patriot Guard Riders showed up for the funeral of Corey Joe Sample. Sample, 21, of Pleasant Plains died in a motorcycle accident Thursday. He was a soldier in the U.S. Army.“We come out to military funerals, funerals for firemen and policemen,” said the south Arkansas ride captain, Ron “2Lane” Shaw of Hot Springs. “We honor our fallen heroes.”

City seeks parks plan

July 22, 2009 Batesville’s city fathers want a comprehensive plan for parks and recreation.At Tuesday night’s meeting, the city council agreed to budget more than $12,000 for the 2010 year to contract with the University of Arkansas.Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said he had been approached by the parks commission about having a comprehensive plan for the parks department, where not only have the recreation areas aged but also “we have outgrown our facilities.”

Rain dampens numbers, not spirit

July 22, 2009 The opening night at the Independence County Fair forecasted a steady rain, but that wasn’t enough to keep the community from enjoying the festivities on the corner of White Drive and Central Avenue.Whether the preference was staying inside to see the exhibits and watch the youth talent competition or heading outside to enjoy the Ferris wheel or eat at St. Mary’s hamburger stand, a wide selection was offered to those in attendance.

News of other days

July 21, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 1, 1996.

UACCB awards 29 academic distinction scholarships

July 21, 2009 Twenty-nine students have been awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.Colton Wade Alexander graduated from Mountain View High School. He is the son of Mike and Dina Alexander. He plans to seek an associate of arts.Zach Anschultz graduated from Bald Knob High School. He is the son of Kenny and Susan Anschultz. Shawn Bearden graduated from St. Amant Academy. He is the son of Sheila Harrison and plans to seek an associate of arts degree.

College Briefs

July 21, 2009 Gavin named to listCLEVELAND, Miss. — Rachael E. Gavin of Batesville was among those Delta State University students from Arkansas, earning Dean’s List honors for compiling a 3.50 to 3.79 grade point average while attempting 12 or more academic hours during the 2009 spring semester. 

Drunk driver had to be coaxed to give up handcuffs, cops say

July 21, 2009 An argumentative Tennessee driver, who was reportedly drunk and wouldn’t cooperate with police, is facing several charges following an incident early this morning.Independence County Deputy Jeremy Qualls said the incident evolved after he and Deputy Dee McFatter responded to a call of assistance from reserve Deputy Eric Pickle on White Drive around 5:40 this morning.Qualls said when officers arrived they found a man working on a vehicle and as they approached there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from his body.

Drunk drivers come out in full force over weekend

July 21, 2009 A one-vehicle accident sent police to the area of 210 Brewer Hill Road, while the four people inside apparently left in a taxi, rather than an ambulance.“Before I arrived, dispatch advised that the caller stated that four people got out of the vehicle and left in a taxi,” Deputy Brian Luetschwager said in his report. “When I arrived I found the wrecked vehicle against a large rock on the side of the road. I found that here the vehicle went off the roadway it struck a tree then completed a 360-degree spin, coming to rest against the rock.”