VA offers rides, needs volunteers

September 22, 2009 A local group is now offering rides to the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock for area veterans. Veterans with a doctor’s appointment can ride the van for free on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, volunteer Rick Swietek said. The group is also looking for volunteer drivers, male or female; however, they do not have to be a veteran in order to drive, he said. To volunteer or to schedule a ride call (870) 793-8812 Monday through Thursday.

Woodwork keeps man from fishing

September 22, 2009 Leon Creasey didn’t plan to turn his woodworking into anything other than a hobby. But when he bought his first lathe (a woodturning machine), he found a creative outlet — and a supplement to his retirement.Creasey, a woodturner living along the White River near Mountain View, was one of the “veterans” of the Off the Beaten Path tour. “I took last year off,” he said surrounded by his handcrafted wooden bowls.

Spouses are each other’s biggest fans

September 22, 2009 When Marc Palmer needs help deciding what color frame would look best around his artwork he just asks Paulette.“Paulette’s my (color) coordinator,” he said with a laugh. “She always gets it right.”As husband and wife, Marc and Paulette Palmer have many things in common, including a love for each other’s work.“He’s my teacher, my mentor. He’s educated,” said Paulette of Marc, who has a fine arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and more than 40 years experience in the field.

Totem pole quest turns into hobby

September 22, 2009 Gwen Furey always wanted her own stained-glass totem pole.“I wanted a real totem pole so bad,” she told a group inside her art studio in Mountain View Saturday afternoon. “I had a perfect place for it.”Searching the Internet, Furey located a man from Alaska who specialized in the task, but “wanted a $1,000 a foot to do it,” she said.

Artist finds inspiration in back yard

September 22, 2009 Carolyn Cushing doesn’t have to go any further than her back porch for inspiration. The Mountain View painter has a screened-in back porch that pulls double duty as a dining room as well an art studio. The room offers a panoramic view of the rumbling White River, towering bluffs and abundant vegetation and wildlife.This year, Cushing opened her studio to take part in the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour. She said she’s been to other studios in the past, but this was the first year she’d been among the featured artists.

Artists open studios

September 22, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — For three days each year, the public has the rare opportunity to tour artists’ private studios, meet the artists themselves and view (and purchase) their work.“An open studio tour such as this provides visitors a unique opportunity to connect with local artists and craftsmen in their working environments,” according to the Web site, “It allows the visitor to see not only what the artists make but to see how their lives and working spaces reflect and influence their work.

Lyon has record numbers

September 22, 2009 A record number of freshmen at Lyon College this fall has led to one of the highest overall enrollment numbers for the College since 1994, 15 years ago.The college’s total enrollment is 614 students — 580 full-time students and 34 part-time students. The fall 2009 enrollment consists of 156 students more than last fall, an increase of 34 percent.The students come from 24 states and eight countries. Ninety-six students are from Batesville, 239 students come from Arkansas and 89 students are from other states.

Stench leads to body

September 22, 2009 A strong odor led apartment manager Randy Scaggs to a dead body Monday evening, according to Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan.“When I arrived with Officer (Ben) Keener, Mr. Scaggs said that for the past few days he and several residents of the apartments had noticed a strong odor coming from upstairs,” Gillihan said.

News of Other Days

September 21, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 2, 1996.73 YEARS AGOMoody A. Henson, 30, of Heber Springs, Works Progress Administration foreman on the Higdon Road project in Cleburne County, was killed in a dynamite explosion early this morning, District WPA Director George T. Lyford of Batesville was informed by telephone. Mr. Lyford and district safety director Allison Brown left immediately for the scene of the accident. Henson’s 4-year-old son also was seriously injured and was taken to a hospital in Heber Springs.

Want to read all about it online? It may cost you Newspapers to charge for access

September 21, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO — With their advertising revenue drying up, newspaper publishers spent much of the spring and summer debating whether to cut off free online access to some of the material they run in their shrinking print editions.It looks like the talk will turn to action this fall, when some large newspapers are expected to put up Internet toll booths.