Photojournalist had impact

February 3, 2010 Samm Woolley Coombs was not just an expert at finding interesting people — he was one of them, son-in-law Frank Beisel said Tuesday.“He was a character,” Beisel said. His daughter, Carla Beisel, and several friends used the same phrase to describe him.Coombs, 85, a photojournalist and writer, died Saturday.“He had a impact on everybody he met,” Frank said. “He had an intensity about him.”Samm’s hallmark was closeup photos of people — pictures that gave real insight into what those people were like and into their culture.

Prada model taken to jail

February 3, 2010 The “face of Prada” may be extending his vacation to Batesville a little longer than he expected after being arrested early Monday morning.Listed as the No. 5 male model in Forbe’s Magazine and described as “Prada’s platinum-haired golden boy,” 21-year-old Nick Snider of New York faces three misdemeanor charges after he was arrested on intoxication charges.Snider was scheduled to appear in Independence County District Court today after officers arrested him and say he offered them sexual favors in return for his release.

News of Other Days

February 2, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 18, 1997. 73 YEARS AGO

Rock ’n’ roll highway promotes tourism in adjacent counties

February 2, 2010 ASH FLAT — A tourism promotion idea that began in Randolph County — the designation of Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 — is picking up steam and can help not only the counties the highway crosses, but other areas of northeast Arkansas as well, Linda Collins-Smith said recently.Big money can be generated by tourism — after agriculture, it’s the No. 2 industry in the state, the president and founder of the Randolph County Tourism Association told members of the Sharp County Historical Society.

Dinner to be served

February 2, 2010 HIGHLAND — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Highland Memorial Post 4772 will serve a baked ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the post, located just off Liberty Hill Road in Highland.The dinner will include vegetables, salad bar, dessert and beverage. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Strawberry River DAR to meet

February 2, 2010 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Members of the Strawberry River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cherokee Village City Hall.February is a busy month with Presidents Day, Black History month and birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Emphasis will be placed on Black History and Lincoln at this meeting.

Varied art scene found in state

February 2, 2010 Though often underplayed, the art scene is alive and well in Arkansas. Blues and banjo musicians, actors and architects, potters and poets, fashion designers and film crews — all have left their artistic imprint in the state over the years.

Ozarka reports record spring

February 2, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College will again report record enrollment with 1,330 students enrolled for spring semester at this time, the largest headcount for a spring semester to date. Full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers are at their highest overall with a 10-percent increase over spring 2009.

ICEDC to host meeting

February 2, 2010 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will host a needs assessment meeting at 6 tonight in the Southside School cafeteria. The meeting is open to the public and will be facilitated by Justice of the Peace Tim Stewart.

Airman to be honored Saturday

February 2, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — A drop-in reception for JC Malensek will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hutchinson Mountain community center. Family, friends and acquaintances are invited. Malensek, 21, will be leaving for Korea, where he will be stationed a year with the U.S. Air Force. He recently completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan, according to his grandmother, Barbara Rorie.