Dinner to benefit Melton

September 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — A barbecue benefit dinner for Matt Melton will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Melbourne High School cafeteria. Melton was injured at the Sidney Rodeo during the bronc riding competition. He is currently in intensive care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. A pie auction will take place at 6:30. Tickets are being sold in advance at Mark’s Pharmacy, The Burger Center and the Pit Stop in Melbourne. Tickets will also be available at the door while supplies last. A $5 donation is be asked for the dinner.

Benefit account opened

September 17, 2009 An account has been established at Bank of America for memorial gifts for the family of Danny Parks, who was killed in a tractor-trailer accident Friday.The account is in the name of his wife, Angela Parks.

AHPP offers free training

September 17, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will offer a free training session Oct. 14 for anyone interested in nominating a property to the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant sites, AHPP Director Frances McSwain said.

Reunion to honor Gipson’s birthday

September 17, 2009 NEWARK — Maxine Cooper Gipson is celebrating her 90th birthday today and will be honored with a family reunion from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Newark Church of Christ.She was born in Newark to Arthur and Beulah Bray Cooper. She has four siblings, T.W. Cooper, the late Roberta Potter, the late Lorene Ellis and the late Della Ruth Burt.

Walker to deliver keynote address at UACCB Career Day

September 17, 2009 Award winning speaker, broadcaster and author Randy Walker will deliver the keynote address during the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s 17th annual Career Day.More than 500 juniors from area high schools will hear from professionals in a variety of career fields during the event, which is scheduled for Oct. 2.Walker, who has spoken to over 150,000 students in 93 high schools and 22 colleges and universities throughout Arkansas since 2002, will be sharing a presentation entitled, “A PLAN for Greatness” during the opening address.

Annual report to public set

September 17, 2009 CAVE CITY — A report on student enrollment figures will kick off Cave City School’s annual report to the public, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary School Library, according to an agenda for the meeting.

Reading program to kick off

September 17, 2009 The Reading Makes You Grow program, sponsored by the Independence County Junior Auxiliary, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Independence County Library.The program, which is for children of all ages, is designed to encourage and promote an early love for books and reading. This monthly program begins with story time and concludes with an activity and incentives for those who read and attend regularly.For more information about the Junior Auxiliary and its community programs, visit www.independencecountyja.com.

Writer speaks about challenges

September 17, 2009 Justin Quarry, the 2009 Lyon College Visiting Fellow in Fiction, said he became a writer because it was his chance to be special.Quarry said he took a writing class in college and was told by his professor that he had a gift for writing. It was then that he decided writing would be his way of expressing himself.Quarry gave two public presentations Tuesday to students, staff, faculty and community members at Lyon College.

Mt. Pleasant named Blue Ribbon School

September 17, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — Instead of going green, Mount Pleasant Elementary is turning blue. It was February when Mount Pleasant received word that it had been nominated as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School. On Tuesday, it got the news that it had been deemed blue-ribbon worthy.The announcement was a wonderful surprise for many on the prekindergarden- through sixth-grade campus, including Principal Carolyn Blevins. “We’re really excited over it,” Blevins told the Guard on Wednesday.

Red, White & Blue Round-Up set for Saturday

September 17, 2009 EVENING SHADE — The Red, White & Blue Round-Up, a celebration of freedom, begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Evening Shade and continues until midnight, organizer Dianne Tharp said.“In honor of our freedom, admission is free to all,” she said. “Wear your (red, white and blue) colors proudly.”Children’s games begin at 2.“We have games for all ages,” she said. Games will include a duck pond, a fish pond, cakewalk, a ring toss, a sack race, a bean bag toss and pin the beard on Uncle Sam, and a climbing wall is expected to be available.