Area Briefs

July 28, 2009 Write-in candidate creates raceASH FLAT — Cave City has two races for school board positions in the Sept. 15 school elections.Robert Hutchison, the incumbent in Position 7, recently filed as a write-in candidate, according to public records in the Sharp County and Circuit Clerk’s office.Stephen Stauffer filed for the same position during the regular filing period.The other race pits challenger Kirk Ratliff against incumbent Jeff Eddy for Position 6.Both positions carry five-year terms. 

Museum owns John Hancock letter

July 28, 2009 A patriotic display at the Old Independence Regional Museum includes an original letter from John Hancock, famous as the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, administrative assistant April White said.Hancock wrote the letter during the Revolutionary War when he was the leader of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to Rhode Island leaders. Hancock asked for their help to defeat the enemy, British Gen. Lord Cornwallis and his troops, who had been pinned down on the peninsula of Yorktown.

News of other days

July 27, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 7, 1996.

Local educator selected to participate in event

July 27, 2009 SILVER SPRING, Md. — On July 13-17, Karen Wells from Midland School District, along with more than 80 educators from across the country, participated in an exclusive professional development event for Discovery Educator Network members at the Headlands Institute in Sausalito, Calif. The Discovery Educator Network National Institute was hosted by Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel.

Pleasant Plains store damaged when thieves break in

July 27, 2009 A Pleasant Plains business was damaged when a man walked up and broke the front door shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.Surveillance video taken at The Corner Store, 370 Main St., shows a man approaching the door and breaking it, activating the store’s burglar alarm.“We never saw where he actually entered the building,” Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Dee McFatter said. “But there were open cabinet doors behind the counter and underneath the cash register, and the only door leading to the office and (doors) on the desk.”

Items reported stolen

July 27, 2009 Doors were forced open to a shop building to gain access to pistols and cash at the J.B. Galloway residence on King George Street recently.Galloway told police the shop building was broken into sometime in the past couple of weeks and the items were taken from a locked filing cabinet.Investigating officer Dale Jackson said the pistols taken, a 9-shot Hi Standard .22 revolver and an unknown brand 6-shot .22 revolver, both with pearl handles, were valued at $800 by Galloway.

BBBS students participate in movie camp

July 27, 2009 For the second consecutive year, students in the Independence County Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program are attending the T Tauri Movie Camp at no cost, according to a news release.Ozark Foothills FilmFest Inc., the educational non-profit that presents the annual T Tauri Film Festival and Movie Camp, offered scholarships for any of its four filmmaking workshops to interested students. A total of nine chose to participate, four of whom are returning for a second year.

Area Briefs

July 27, 2009 Educators attend state workshop

Melbourne, Mount Pleasant to hold new student registration

July 27, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School, Melbourne Elementary and Mount Pleasant Elementary will hold new student registration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 5. Students new to the district, including those attending under the Freedom of Choice Act who have not fully filled out registration papers, will need to bring these records: proof of immunization, date of birth papers, Social Security numbers and previous school records (with the former school’s name and address), and any other important education information.

Ozark Folk Center to hold Cowboy Poetry Contest

July 27, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Cowboys were drawn to the Ozarks in the late 1940s and early 1950s by cheap land, low taxes, abundant water and good grass, according to a news release. When they came, they found their neighbors had a rich tradition of songs, “ballads” similar to the cowboy songs and poetry from the West. Famous cowboy balladeers such as Glenn Ohrlin, Jim McElroy and Hubb Willis have called the Stone County area home.