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.

Court hears positive, negative comments

September 17, 2009 Independence County Treasurer Linda Foreman and the hydroelectric project supervisor, Stephen Fletcher, gave positive reports at Monday night’s Independence County Quorum Court meeting.Foreman told the justices of the peace that the county had seen a 4-percent increase in sales tax revenue for the year. With the year more than half over, the fact that the county wasn’t dropping any revenue was considered to be good news.Fletcher gave the court an update on the three hydro project sites along the White River’s three locks and dams.

Husband, wife trapped in water-filled ditch

September 17, 2009 There were several tense minutes as rescue workers fought to free an Allen Chapel couple from their car after it overturned in a rain-filled ditch around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.Timothy Pierce, 40, and his wife Lora, 30, were traveling west on Highway 14 just before the intersection with Crutcher Road when an on-coming car, driven by 51-year-old Bobby Bailey, also of the Allen Chapel community, hydroplaned and struck them in the side, according to Arkansas Sate Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes.

News of Other Days

September 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 27, 1996.73 YEARS AGO

Unused, unwanted pesticides will be collected in Oct., Nov.

September 16, 2009 County producers will have the opportunity to dispose of their outdated and unused pesticides during a collection event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3. The collection point will be at the lower end of Main (West Main Street) near the Independence County Jail where Batesville Stockyards used to be.The pesticide collection is free and is made available through funding from the Arkansas Abandoned Pesticide Trust Fund. Products that will be accepted are outdated, discontinued or unwanted agricultural pesticides.

Chain saw wood carver lures visitors to Alpena

September 16, 2009 ALPENA — At a new shop located on the main drag of Alpena, the vrrrrmm, vrrrrmm, vrrrrmm of a chain saw pierces the air and then hums into a chunk of wood as Kay Jackson carves one of her works of art. Wood chips slice through the scent of sawdust and campfire. The log is transformed into a bear only Jackson can see as she cuts, shaves and slices.

Felon caught in bed with pistol in pants

September 16, 2009  A convicted felon found hiding in bed with a pistol in his pants has been arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for probation/parole violation and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court documents.On Thursday, Independence County warrants officers Sgt. John Furgason and David Aldrich went to an address on Hulsey Street in Desha where they found Michael Scott Padgett Jr., 22, hiding in a bedroom.

Suspicious vehicle call leads to arrest

September 16, 2009 MELBOURNE — A call regarding a suspicious vehicle parked in a driveway at a residence in Calico Rock resulted in the Sept. 8 arrest of Jared J. Holland, 28, of Mountain Home, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Holland’s charges include driving while intoxicated-drugs, felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of an instrument of crime, no vehicle license plate and no proof of insurance. At the time of his arrest, Holland was carrying two large knives and a hatchet. Holland remains in the Izard County jail.

Luke 4:18 graduate finds peace in sobriety

September 16, 2009 Keri Tate graduated from Luke 4:18 Lives on Saturday. The following was taken from her testimony:“Hi, my name is Keri and I am a believer who struggles with drug addiction, anger and so on.