Renaissance Days 2009 planned for Friday, Saturday

March 31, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s annual Renaissance Days start Friday with area high school competitions.This year’s theme is “Arts and Crafts in the Renaissance Marketplace.” Area high schools will compete in the following: quiz bowl, carving contest, costume contest, banner contest, scavenger hunt, tug o’ war and a cooking contest. Activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 2:15 p.m.

Triplets join military

March 31, 2009 CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON ­— Proving that good things come in threes, a set of triplets from El Dorado has joined the Arkansas Army National Guard, pledging to “defend the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Arkansas against all enemies foreign and domestic.”Joshua, John and Jacob Temple, all 17, took the oath of enlistment March 30 at the Military Enlistment Processing Station in Little Rock as their parents looked on.

Ozarka narrows candidates to 7

March 31, 2009 Melbourne — The field has narrowed to seven candidates as Ozarka College in Melbourne continues its search process for a new president. Chaired by Karla Rush, the presidential selection committee met Monday and narrowed the list from 59. “Seven candidates will be interviewed by the search committee,” Rush said. “One or more may be recommended by the search committee to meet with the Board of Trustees.”Of the seven, one candidate is an in-house applicant, while another is from the neighboring Batesville School District.

Former OEM coordinator accused of rape

March 31, 2009 ASH FLAT — Former Sharp County Office of Emergency Services coordinator Peter “Pete” Reilly Jr. was charged Monday in circuit court with two counts of rape and four counts of sexual indecency with a child, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.Reilly, 64, was the county’s office of emergency services coordinator for 26 years before resigning about a year ago. He was still serving as county fire services coordinator when the charges were filed.

News of other days

March 30, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 10, 1996. 

Man charged with theft, sale of wire

March 30, 2009 A warrant for theft by receiving has been issued for a 55-year-old Smithville man for allegedly selling stolen Entergy wire to a local scrap yard.In an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, Sheriff’s Detective Brent Everett said he went to J.W. & Sons Scrap yard north of Batesville after getting a call that someone had sold nearly 100 pounds of copper wire that appeared to be stolen.

Teen arrested after park incident

March 30, 2009 Early morning activity at a local city park caught the eye of a patrolling deputy today, resulting in an 18-year-old driver’s going to jail.Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he was on patrol near the entrance to Kennedy Park around 12:30 a.m. when he noticed a white pickup enter the park and proceed to the east end of the park.“The truck then made two tight circles before traveling back towards my location,” Friar said.

DWI, shoplifting arrests made

March 30, 2009 A Batesville man told police Thursday afternoon he had pulled over to sleep and had not had an accident.This claim was made even though his car was reportedly on its side in a ditch with the engine running, an outside mirror was broken off, the front bumper had plowed up dirt and one rear tire was several inches off the ground.Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins said he was dispatched to the accident on Collietown Road around 3:20 p.m. and found 44-year-old Carlin Wade Long, of 25 Knactal Road, passed out inside his 1989 Ford Thunderbird.

Math students honor Pi Day by collecting food for local pantry

March 30, 2009 Calico Rock — Mathematics students at Calico Rock High School celebrated Pi Day (3-14) by collecting 314 cans of food for the Calico Rock Food Room.Pi is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space. This the same value as the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius. It is approximately equal to 3.14159 in the usual decimal notation and is one of the most important mathematical and physical constants.

MS support group to meet

March 30, 2009 The Batesville Area Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group will be meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in conference room B of the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging.For more information, call Jamie Bridgers at (870) 834-3604.