Womack to run for Melbourne mayor

February 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — Shannon Womack of Melbourne has announced his intention to run for mayor of Melbourne in the November general election.He is a graduate of Melbourne High School and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Murlie, have been married 47 years. They have two sons and daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.According to Womack, he wants to use his 20 plus years of city government experience along with his business experience in the mayor’s office to ensure that the patrons of Melbourne get the maximum use of their city taxes.

Woods seeks seat

February 25, 2010 Circuit Judge Rhonda Wood has announced she will seek a position of the Arkansas Court of Appeals in District 2, Position 1. “The Court of Appeals decides cases that impact all Arkansans. These decisions are binding on Arkansas’s lower courts. My history of judicial restraint, fairness, strong values, and common sense equip me to make these important decisions. I believe in consistency in the justice system and value the separation of powers, with judges upholding the law and leaving it to the legislature to write laws,” she said.

Water carnival awarded again

February 25, 2010 Batesville’s annual “fun in the sun” event has received its second award in the past month.The White River Water Carnival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the month of August 2010, carnival committee chairwoman Lisa Caplinger has learned.“This will put the water carnival on the map,” Caplinger said, adding that she believes it will bring more people to town. “I think it’s going to help tourism in Batesville.”The 66th annual water carnival will be Aug. 6-7. This year’s theme is “The Return of the White River Monster.”

Archaeological site damaged

February 25, 2010 Work at an archaeological dig site in Independence County dating back 4,000 years has been damaged — possibly destroyed, according to officials.Sometime between Jan. 11 and Tuesday someone came into an archaeological dig site and destroyed it. This is the third time someone has come to this particular site, which has been recorded for a while, but work only began in June 2009.Dr. Juliet Morrow told the Guard that the site has nothing of monetary value, so officials aren’t sure what the vandals are looking for.

Two men arrested; no gun found

February 25, 2010 No gun was found but charges were filed after a call was placed from McDonalds claiming two men had pulled a gun while at the drive-through window.According to a report filed by Officer Ernie Gillihan, the caller said two men in a silver Chevrolet Impala had pulled through the window and pulled a gun.Officers began searching the area, and Officer Shawn Stephens found the vehicle at 511 Ferrell St. along with the two men who were walking into the residence.

Even Obama needs a BFF

February 24, 2010 EDITOR’S NOTE: An occasional look at the Obama effect in the capital and beyond.

District show scheduled for April

February 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — The North Central District Spring Show will be April 1 and 2 at the Izard County Fairgrounds, but the entry deadline for all departments is March 22, according to fair board member Nancy Orr.“The horses will be shown on April 1 at 7 p.m. and the goats, sheep and cattle will show April 2,” Orr said. “The entry forms are available online but can be picked up at your local Extension office or from your FFA chapter.”A $15 late charge will be assessed for entries not turned in by deadline.

Election to be held Tuesday

February 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — All landowners within the boundaries of the Sharp County Conservation District should be aware that an election will be held between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for three directors of the district, according to a news release.The voting place is the Sharp County Conservation District office at 21 C Court Road in Ash Flat.“Only owners of land within the district who are registered to vote under the election laws of Arkansas are eligible to vote,” the release states.

Disaster areas declared

February 24, 2010 WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, President Obama approved 24 Arkansas counties as primary disaster areas due to severe storms and flooding that occurred Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, according to a Farm Service Agency news release.Those disaster areas include Jackson and White counties.In addition, 25 other counties are qualified for disaster aid as contiguous counties. These include Cleburne, Independence, Lawrence and Randolph.

Tickets available in Mt. View

February 24, 2010 An additional outlet for tickets for the second annual Friends in Great Places concert has been announced by Danny Dozier, who assists the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in setting up the event.Tickets are now available at the Centennial Bank in Mountain View.The concert, featuring a variety of musicians, will include country, folk, bluegrass and blues music. It begins at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at UACCB and benefits the college’s Nursing and Allied Health facility that is currently under construction.