Former professor named president

April 17, 2009 Dr. Donald V. Weatherman left Lyon College 10 years ago as a professor of political philosophy. He will return in July as the 17th president of the college.The Lyon College Board of Trustees approved Weatherman’s nomination as the next president of Lyon at its spring meeting today. He will succeed Dr. Walter B. Roettger, who is retiring in June after 11 years as the college’s president.

Students, teacher selected for June 2 safari

April 17, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — An orphanage, a drumming circle and a prison that once housed Nelson Mandela will be among the places visited by four Midland High School students and a teacher that have been chosen for a 12-day, all-expenses-paid learning experience in South Africa. They leave June 2.Students learned who would be going last week when the names were called at assembly Thursday morning.

News of other days

April 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 29, 1996. 

Ozarka sets child care training

April 16, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College will offer a free course in child care orientation training (CCOT) in May at the main campus in Melbourne.  This program is recommended for childcare personnel with little or no training in a child care setting. Graduates from the CCOT course are also eligible to apply for Child Development scholarships applicable for further training offered by Ozarka College.

Citizens TEA’d off: Tax rally held

April 16, 2009 With banners waving and tea bags used as decorations, local organizers held an area TEA Party rally in Batesville on national Tax Day.More than 150 citizens from the Batesville area held an organized rally on Wednesday at the corner of Harrison and 20th streets in the parking lot of Fitzhugh Park. The Taxed Enough Already party is part of a national grass-roots nonpartisan movement to peaceably protest the federal government’s trillions of dollars deficit spending.

SCV celebrates Confederate heritage

April 16, 2009 Little Rock — The Sons of Confederate Veterans observed its annual Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day on Saturday at the Arkansas State Capitol.The SCV along with the United Daughters of the Confederacy and re-enactors from across Arkansas stood shoulder to shoulder as members of these organization read the names of the Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War and soldiers that moved to Arkansas after the war and were buried in Arkansas. As they called out the names of the honored dead they rang a bell of memory for each name read.

Academic Signing Day a first for Southside

April 16, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — College signing day usually involves thoughts of high school seniors signing with universities to play sports.On April 9, however, it involved Southside High School seniors signing academic scholarship acceptance letters to attend college.Known as Academic Signing Day, the event held inside the school cafeteria is one that many hope to see continued for years to come.

Area Briefs

April 16, 2009 Salaries to be discussedCAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Elementary Library to consider 2009-10 certified and classified personnel salary schedules, Superintendent Steven Green said.The directors will also consider purchasing two buses.A proposed school calendar for next term will also be considered.In other business, resignations and classified contracts will be discussed and a monthly financial report will be reviewed. Roving RV to be in town

Appeals court: OK to fire worker

April 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A company can fire an employee who can’t work because of a serious disease, like cancer, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis sided with Fred’s Stores of Arkansas, which was sued by employee Floyce Reed Peyton after she was fired as manager of a Fred’s store in Heber Springs.