Coroner’s body found in cemetery

April 9, 2009 ASH FLAT — For the past several years, Randy McComas was the one to call to pronounce victims deceased.This time, his cousin Tim McComas had to do the job.Sharp County Coroner Randy McComas was found dead in his SUV Wednesday evening of an apparent suicide in a cemetery near his mother’s grave.He was 34.“I got a call just before 7 o’clock from Tim McComas,” Sheriff Dale Weaver said. “Tim, of course, is police chief at Ravenden. He is also a deputy sheriff, a cousin of Randy’s and is also a deputy coroner.

News of other days

April 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 19, 1996. 

Three siblings do well in district horse show

April 8, 2009 Sisters Madelyn Cannon and Haley Sprouse, along with their brother Darrin Cannon, all came away winners from the Buffalo Island District Show on April 1 in Jonesboro, according to a news release.Darrin, 14, showed Joe Leo’s Lil Doll in the 2-3 Year Old class for a first-place win. Then he showed Watch My Colonel in the 5-and-Up Gelding class, winning both first place and grand champion titles.He also won the senior showmanship belt buckle.

Tips given for dealing with azalea leaf gall

April 8, 2009 Leaf and flower gall of azalea is caused by the fungus Exobasidium vaccinii. This disease is characterized by the formation of galls or swollen formations on the leaves and flowers.

Horse training set

April 8, 2009 The Ozark Gaited Saddle Club and the Arkansas Chapter of the Missouri Foxtrotting Horse Breed Association are sponsoring a free training seminar at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to Sheri McBride.The seminar, given by eight-time world champion trainer Geno Middleton of Pomona, Mo., will be at the Ozark Gaited Saddle Club Arena at 1405 Locust Grove Road south of Batesville. Middleton will give tips on bits and training techniques, followed by a question and answer session.Concessions will be available for a fee during lunch break.

Ask a Master Gardener… About strawberries

April 8, 2009 Question: Is it too late to plant strawberries?Answer: Ordinarily the answer would be yes, it is, but with this unusual spring with temperatures moving up and down between the 70s and close to freezing, it is hard to say.I think you will be well advised to wait until next year. Then plant your strawberries from transplants as early in the spring as you can work up the ground. Soak the roots in water for about an hour before planting.

School registration set

April 8, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mount Pleasant elementary campus of the Melbourne School District will have kindergarten and new student registration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24.Kindergarten registration will be held in the kindergarten rooms. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.Parents or guardians need to provide the following for children entering kindergarten: early physical screening development assessment; record of immunizations; Social Security number; and birth certificate.

Honor Rolls

April 8, 2009 Southside HighSOUTHSIDE — The students listed below made the honor roll for the third nine weeks of the 2008-09 school year at Southside High School, according to a news release:

Student delegates win awards at national convention

April 8, 2009 Lyon College student delegates won multiple distinctions at the Alpha Chi National College Scholarship Honor Society’s national convention held at Indianapolis last week. Seven students and three advisers attended the convention along with over 400 other students and advisers from the honor society’s chapters across the nation. They returned to Lyon having won three fellowships and two presentation awards.

Lyon College senior receives economics assistantship

April 8, 2009 Sam Neal is an analytical kind of guy. Whether it’s on the baseball field as an outfielder and pitcher for the Lyon College Scots baseball team or in a classroom, the Pine Bluff native has a knack for solving problems in a methodical way. “I have just always liked figuring things out,” he said with a smile. “You can always analyze something. People tell me that I’m very analytical, and I am. I like to find a way to figure something out.”