Museum to hold ‘Scouting Out Arkansas History’ workshop

June 11, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum will present a special program for Boy and Girl Scouts from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 29. Through hands-on demonstrations, crafts and traditional games, Scouts between the ages of 6 and 12 will learn about life on the Arkansas frontier. They will make several take-home craft items, and those who complete the workshop will be awarded a limited edition, custom-designed Old Independence patch. The fee for the workshop will be $5. Registration is required and the workshop is limited to 100 individuals.

‘Miss Liz’ retires

June 11, 2009 CAVE CITY — Emilee Davis was so excited the day she learned how to tie her own shoelaces, remembers mom Jenny Davis.“She said, ‘Mama, look, Miss Liz taught me how to tie my shoes,’” Davis said, recalling the day when her daughter came home from Liz Johnson’s day care at Cave City, having learned a new skill. Whether she was teaching children the Pledge of Allegiance or how to tie their shoelaces, Johnson treated all the children at her day care like they were her own, Davis said.

75 years of ‘made from scratch’

June 11, 2009 The small wood-frame building had striped awnings, sporting “Beer,” “Sandwiches” “Eat” and “Drink Coca-Cola” advertisements, and customers could order a Budweiser beer and a sandwich for the grand sum of a nickel.That was in 1934 when Jeff Kelly opened the first restaurant in the Kelley chain. Now, 75 years later the Kelley family is still in the restaurant business.

Service News

June 10, 2009 NORFOLK, Va. — Navy Seaman Recruit Michael P. Aikens, son of Deborah R. Aikens of Charlotte, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Aikens completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

News of other days

June 10, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 21, 1996.

Park offers programs

June 10, 2009 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park will offer several upcoming programs, according to a news release. The park is located at 3705 Highway 25, Powhatan. For more information, call (870) 878-6595 or e-mail

Area Briefs

June 10, 2009 WRRHA board to meetThe White River Regional Housing Authority board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Italian Grill in Batesville. Cushman School Board takes action at final meeting

Extension worker to retire after 45 years

June 10, 2009 For 45 years Jelyne Coldwell has been a part of the Independence County Extension service.“I don’t know where the time has gone. When you’re working, you just don’t ever think you’ll get to that place to quit work,” Coldwell said.

Workshop planned

June 10, 2009 Up to 20 people will be able to attend a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27 at the Old Independence Regional Museum to learn how to read public documents, according to a news release from the Independence County Historical Society. The workshop will cover Census records, deeds, marriage records, wills and probate records.