Local offices closing

July 2, 2009 Several local, state and federal offices will close Friday and Saturday due to Independence Day but will resume normal service on Monday.All city offices will be closed, but all city garbage pickup scheduled for Friday will take place as usual. Water utilities that will be closed include Batesville, Southside Public Water Authority and Rock-Moore Water Association.

Lyon grad selected as new director of alumni services

July 2, 2009 Lyon College alumna Gina Block Garrett has been selected as the college’s new director of alumni services and development. Garrett begins the new position July 1. She graduated with a bachelor of arts from Lyon College in 1993 and has worked at the college for the past 14 years, most recently as the director of corporate and foundation relations.

Stimulus funds discussed

July 2, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board on Monday agreed to apply for state and federal approval for additional projects under the government’s economic stimulus program for schools, Superintendent Mike Davidson said.The additional proposals include new doors for high school and elementary buildings, new ceiling tile for elementary and high school, covered walkways at the high school, new carpet and floor tile in some areas, painting, installation of a new phone line in the elementary school and some new sidewalks.

‘Paper girl’ enjoys job

July 2, 2009 Katie Cummins doesn’t stand on a corner with a stack of newspapers, yelling “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” However, she does make sure more than 100 subscribers get their daily news and, yes, she has been called the “paper girl.” Sixteen-year-old Cummins has been the Batesville Daily Guard’s downtown news carrier for more than three months. And, while it’s something usually thought of as a boy’s job, Cummins, like many of the Guard’s female carriers, has broken that stereotype.

Lyon music professor conducts in Romania

July 2, 2009 Dr. Joel Plaag, choral director and band director at Lyon, is conducting the Philarmonia Orchestra of Bacau, Romania, June 19 as part of the ninth annual International Institute for Conductors, according to a news release.After submitting a resume and video of his orchestral conducting, he was accepted into the institute. He is the only conductor from Arkansas, and one of only a handful from the United States. Other conductors at the institute are from Canada, Australia, Singapore and Romania.

News of other days

July 1, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 15, 1996.

Calico Rock chamber lists canoe, kayak race winners

July 1, 2009 CALICO ROCK — An Olympic kayaker was among the contestants in Saturday’s kayak and canoe races, sponsored by the Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce.Mike Herbert has competed in three Summer Olympics: 1988 in Seoul, Korea; 1992 in Barcelona; and 1996 in Atlanta.

Bigger Burger burglarized

July 1, 2009 E & B Bigger Burger was burglarized early Monday morning, but it’s not known whether anything was taken, according to Deputy Ernie Gillihan with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Gillihan and Deputy Ben Keener responded to an alarm call at the business on North Central Avenue around 3:20 a.m. to find the glass in the back door of the business had been broken.After assistance arrived, Gillihan said the building was searched and no one was found inside, but the cash register had been thrown to the floor and damaged.

Ask a Master Gardener: About blackberries, damaged rose bushes

July 1, 2009 Question: We are having some problems with our blackberries. Some of the berries have white or gray spots and others are not filled out as they should be. What is causing this and how can we avoid having it happen again next year?Answer: This is not likely to be a disease causing this problem. It is probably caused by insects drilling into the berries. This has been a bad year for insects of all sorts.

ETS students take part in obstacle course

July 1, 2009 On June 8 the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program took five Cave City students to the 4-H Center in Ferndale for a three-night, two-day POWER (Possession of Wisdom Earns Rewards) camp. Jamie Hendley, Brianna Reynolds, Frank Boyd, Nathan Ayers and Lucas Barber participated in two programs, RES-Q and ExCEL. The RES-Q program allowed participants to experience fishing, archery, rock wall climbing and nature photography.