Molly Hatchet to perform June 6 at Jacksonport event

March 27, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Molly Hatchet will be the headline act on June 6 at the 28th annual Portfest “Rollin’ on the River” Festival. Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, Portfest is held on the banks of the White River at Jacksonport State Park, three miles north of Newport off Highway 69. In the early 1970s a new form of music was emerging in the South, according to a news release. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock ’n’ roll that later was to be coined the phrase “Southern rock.”

Future politician travels to D.C.

March 27, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — James Sturch loves history. Abraham Lincoln is someone he admires, and in 23 years he hopes to run for president of the United States.At 18, Sturch knows what he wants, and after attending the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, he’s even more determined to go after it. “It (the trip) makes me want to go into public service even more,” he said.

Quiet on the mountain

March 27, 2009 QUITMAN — Rick and Lori Green never dreamed one day that they would find their calling down a two-lane dirt road outside of Quitman, Arkansas, population 714, caring for a dozen men diagnosed with schizophrenia. ———Pine Mountain Veterans Home is currently home to 12 men; the latest resident arrived Monday.Most of the residents have been from the Vietnam War era (although they didn’t all serve in Vietnam), but the home has had men from service in Korea and more recently, Desert Storm.

News of other days

March 26, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 8, 1996.

Colleges Briefs

March 26, 2009 UA students recognized FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas has announced the names of students who earned a place on the chancellor’s list for the fall 2008 semester. The students named to the chancellor’s list must earn a 4.0 grade point average in at least 12 hours of classes during a regular term.Local students honored are as follows:

Company buys Cherokee Village facility

March 26, 2009 Cherokee Village — Amedisys, Inc. recently announced it has acquired White River Medical Center Progressive Home Care in Cherokee Village.Progressive Home Care, now an Amedisys company, will continue serving the area at 195 Hospital Drive and the current staff will remain in place.

Free health conferences offered

March 26, 2009 The Arkansas Department of Health will host four nutrition and physical activity conferences in northeast Arkansas. Registration deadline is next Tuesday.The conferences will open at 8 a.m. with registration and then the programs will begin at 8:30. Continuing education hours will be offered.Jean Blaydes-Madigan, a nationally known neurokinesiologist, speaker, trainer and author, will be the keynote speaker.

Public invited to view NASCAR mural at BRTC

March 26, 2009 POCAHONTAS — The history of NASCAR is featured in the form of a mural painted on the lobby walls of the Automotive Complex located on the campus of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. For nearly three months this past semester, Dr. Sandy Davis-Baltz, fine arts instructor at BRTC, and her Design I students spent a combined 352 hours creating the NASCAR mural, which will be open for public viewing next week. Davis-Baltz was asked to paint the wall as a class project for one of her studio groups.

Wrong lane use leads to DWI arrest

March 26, 2009 A Pleasant Plains man is facing several traffic charges following an alleged incident of driving in the wrong lane of traffic.Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson said he was dispatched to a possible drunk driver on Highway 167 north around 12:30 this morning and while en route encountered the vehicle, a red Ford Ranger pickup, sitting in the southbound lane.Jackson said he turned around to get behind the truck and as he was making a traffic stop, the truck was traveling south in the northbound lane of the highway.