Reporting on Petit Jean

August 3, 2009 Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of “Travel in Arkansas” tourism articles for the Batesville Daily Guard.

HRA celebrates

August 3, 2009 Health Resources of Arkansas celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday by honoring its founder, the late Bill Huddleston, who started the private, nonprofit organization as North Arkansas Human Services System Inc.One highlight was the unveiling of a large portrait of Huddleston, by artist Kim Hinkle. The painting will hang in the organization’s headquarters on Gap Road.Also announced were two scholarships in Huddleston’s name and plans for an annual Bill Huddleston Golf Tournament.

HRA celebrates

August 3, 2009 Health Resources of Arkansas celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday by honoring its founder, the late Bill Huddleston, who started the private, nonprofit organization as North Arkansas Human Services System Inc.One highlight was the unveiling of a large portrait of Huddleston, by artist Kim Hinkle. The painting will hang in the organization’s headquarters on Gap Road.Also announced were two scholarships in Huddleston’s name and plans for an annual Bill Huddleston Golf Tournament.

Shane Sturdivant wins

August 3, 2009 Shane Sturdivant was as surprised as anyone else when he heard his named called as the winner of the first White River’s Got Talent competition.Friday night at Riverside Park, 10 acts competed for the grand prize of $1,000. The competition was held in conjunction with the 66th annual White River Water Carnival in Batesville.Sturdivant sang Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” He said he planned to use the money to help pay for school.He said he was “very much” surprised when he was selected the winner.

News of other days

July 31, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 13, 1996.

Poultry chain auction to be Saturday

July 31, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County 4-H Poultry Chain Auction will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Paul Miller Poultry and Rabbit Barn on the Sharp County Fairgrounds, said Sharp County 4-H Program assistant Denise Frame.“4-H’ers receive 25-day-old chicks. They raise them and bring their three best to the fair to be auctioned,” Frame said. “All money raised goes back into the poultry chain project to buy more chicks for next year.“This year’s chickens are of the Bovan Brown breed. We will have 27 pens of three chickens (each).

Sharp Co. still atop hunting list

July 31, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Sharp County was again the top turkey hunting county with 421 birds checked in for the spring 2009 hunt, said Mike Widner, turkey program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.The next five counties were also in or near the Batesville Daily Guard trade area. Fulton County reported 409; Baxter, 337; Cleburne, 335; Independence, 329; Izard, 304. Roundng out the top 10 were Randolph with 303; Montgomery, 284; Marion, 278; and Union, 277.

Things that go bump in the night ought not to live in your attic

July 31, 2009 When we bought our place in the Ozark National Forest nine years ago, the house had stood vacant for nearly two years. It had been in fairly poor repair even before it was vacant, with large cracks and gaps everywhere — under the eaves, in the stonework foundation, around the plumbing where it entered the house from the crawl space, around several of the windows.

STAR students score ribbons, money at fair

July 31, 2009 By Andrea BrunerAssistant Managing EditorStudents in the Batesville STAR (Summer To Always Remember) program were also “stars” of the Independence County Fair last week, as several brought home blue ribbons — not to mention premium point money.Matt Lloyd said the fair started a “school day” this year, and not only did the Batesville STAR take a large group of children to attend but they also entered a number of projects, including stained glass, screen art, woven potholders, bracelets/jewelry, models of the solar system and more.

WRMC hosts MASH program for area students

July 31, 2009 White River Medical Center is one of 28 hospitals hosting the MASH (Medical Application of Science for Health) program this summer, according to a news release.WRMC and sponsoring partners offer the two-week medical career camp for high school students interested in pursuing a health care career. During the program, students become Heart-saver CPR certified, complete first aid training and learn the importance of healthy and safe lifestyle choices. Lectures, lab and clinical instruction enforce the connection between basic sciences and medical diagnosis and treatment.