Library to observe holiday

December 21, 2009 The Independence County Library will be closed Thursday through Sunday in observance of the Christmas holidays.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Dec. 28.

Veteran trains for new career

December 21, 2009 Todd Adcox, a recently honorably discharged Iraqi Freedom veteran who managed United States Air Force F-16 fuel systems, is currently undergoing formal technical training at Universal Technical Institute in Houston.

Southside hires employees, hears reports

December 21, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School Board met Dec. 14 where it accepted the resignations of three employees and voted to hire two others. The board approved the resignations of Ashley Smith as a child care employee and Jalesa Reed as a preschool teacher’s aide.It offered contracts to Linda Branscum as a personal care aide and Lori Turner as a special educational aide at the elementary school. Dale Dahl was hired as Southside’s summer ball program director.

McCord joins medical staff

December 21, 2009 Dr. J. William McCord Jr., anesthesiologist, has joined the medical staff at White River Medical Center in Batesville, according to a news release. Anesthesiologists are physicians responsible for administering anesthesia to relieve pain and for managing vital life signs during surgery, including breathing, heart rhythm and blood pressure.

Choate joins ranch board

December 21, 2009 Stephen Choate has been named to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches board for the Batesville campus.

Pearls from ‘boom’ remain on market

December 21, 2009 NEWPORT — Pearl buyer J.R. Sink went up and down White and Black rivers in the 1920s and ’30s, swapping cash for fresh-water pearls.Those who visit Pearls Unique in Newport can buy some of those very pearls today. Few of the pearls for sale at the store are from modern mussel harvesters. This year, only one pearl was brought to the store by mussel divers.The business is so unique it’s known the world over.“We’ve had people here from Japan, Australia ... We had a group from France,” pearl grading specialist Phyllis Holmes said.

News of other days

December 18, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 3, 1997.

Electronic, phone deer checking working well

December 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Checking deer has never been easier for Arkansas hunters. For many years, simplifying the deer checking process has been a goal of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Now that the new system is in place, it may be the reason for Arkansas’ deer harvest being well ahead of last year at the same point.According to AGFC Assistant Chief of Wildlife Operations Matt Hodges, the deer harvest numbers are up from last year despite several deer hunting areas being closed due to flooding.

LR nature center picks up two awards for its design

December 18, 2009  LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s  Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center has won two awards for its design. McGraw Hill Construction announced recently that the center won two awards in the South Central Construction category that includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.The awards were presented this week in Memphis.“The two awards were the Best of 2009 for Best Cultural Project and Best Public Architecture,” according to Arkansas Outdoors, the commission’s weekly newsletter.

Turkey permit application period opens

December 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK – Beginning this week, Arkansas turkey hunters may apply for limited permits on several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas for the 2010 spring turkey season, including one in Sharp County and one in Stone County, according to commission spokesman Keith Stephens.This year, the AGFC is accepting permits only online at Applicants may also apply by calling the AGFC at (800) 364-4263 ext. 6359 or by contacting a regional office during normal business hours. The application period is open through Jan. 15