WRMC takes part in emergency drill

June 25, 2009 White River Medical Center recently participated in a statewide exercise designed to test the state’s ability to respond to a large-scale public health crisis, according to a news release.The drill involved emergency preparedness planners from hospitals and state and local agencies statewide who plan to rehearse what they would do in the hours and days following an actual public health emergency, such as a weather disaster or the spread of a deadly communicable disease.

Reading, writing, summer fun Batesville STAR offers creative outlet for kids

June 25, 2009 With a green crayon in hand and several sheets of orange and blue construction paper, 11-year-old Shaleah Thorne knows exactly what she wants to say.While sitting at a table inside the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, she begins writing, trying to find just the right words to begin her storybook titled “The Lonely Ladybug.”But it’s not her first book, Thorne explains, looking up from her work. “The Lonely Ladybug” happens to be the sequel to “The Very Happy Ladybug.”

Stage coming back to Batesville

June 25, 2009 Stage is coming back to Batesville.This summer, Stage will be going into the old Goodys site at 99 Eagle Mountain Blvd. this summer, according to an announcement from Stage Stores Inc., the parent company of Stage.The 21,500-square-foot store will include “a broad selection of name-brand and private label family apparel, shoes, accessories, home decor, gifts and more, priced right every day.”

Arkansas Baptist adds to athletics

June 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Baptist College is expanding its athletic program.The Little Rock junior college will offer softball, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s cross country and track and field beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year, Athletic Director Charles Ripley said Monday.Arkansas Baptist is entering its third season of junior college football.

News of other days

June 24, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 8, 1996.

Williford student attends camp

June 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Brooke Fowler of Williford was among 65 young people participating in the 37th annual Arkansas Farm  Bureau Teen Challenge Camp held June 15-18 at the C.A. Vines Center near Ferndale, according to Jim Kester of the bureau.“During the week,  students attended classes on ATV training, drinking and driving prevention, power line safety, and Dewayne  Yarbrough of the attorney general’s office spoke on ‘Smart Choices, Better Choices.’”Fowler was sponsored  by Sharp County Farm Bureau.

Flower, garden tips offered

June 24, 2009 By now your plants should have fully leafed out and begun growing. If you have any plants or branches that have not leafed out, begin pruning. Some damage is still lingering from the 2008 Easter freeze.Also, if you have severe damage, you will need several years’ worth of good pruning to reshape the plant. How well you prune a young plant can help determine how well it grows in future years. Look for branches that cross over or that have weak crotch angles. Too many trunks or branches on top of each other will eventually lead to problems.

Prevent pesticide spray drift

June 24, 2009 ASH FLAT — Whenever pesticides are applied, the potential exists for damaging off-target movement, or “drift.” However, attention to weather conditions and sound judgment can lead to decisions that will minimize drift and possible harmful effects.By preventing or minimizing drift, you should avoid the following:• Risks to nearby people and wildlife.• Damage to non-target crops.• Potential pollution of surface and groundwater resources.

Blackberry Bushes to perform

June 24, 2009 Calico Rock — The Blackberry Bushes from Seattle will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.The Blackberry Bushes Stringband “honor old time and bluegrass tradition with modern homegrown illuminations,” according to a news release.

Birthday reception slated for Sinele’s 85th birthday

June 24, 2009 OIL TROUGH — Mabel Ford Sinele will celebrate her 85th birthday with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. July 4 at Oil Trough City Hall.She was born July 5, 1924, near Cave City, to Howard and Lillie Burrow Ford. She graduated from Cave City High School and received a bachelor of arts in mathematics and social studies from Harding College (now Harding University). She taught for a year at Cave City School and for 27 years at Oil Trough High School.She married G.H. Sinele on May 29, 1944, in Cave City. They moved to Oil Trough on April 19, 1946, to live on and manage a farm.