Trip to sorghum field planned

October 7, 2009 Harvest time is here, and the Harmon family of Bethesda will be making sorghum again. “As the years go by, fewer farmers are making sorghum,” said Twyla Wright, curator at Old Independence Regional Museum, “So we are inviting the public to join us on a field trip to watch the process at the Harmon farm at 315 O’Neal Road on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to bring a sack lunch and maybe a folding chair.”The group will gather in the museum parking lot and caravan together, or directions can given.

Solid waste topic of JPs

October 7, 2009 Independence County’s solid waste program was brought under close scrutiny Monday night by several new quorum court members serving on the court’s budget committee.County Judge Bill Hicks told the committee, “This program is not working. You don’t have enough money to run the system.”

News of Other Days

October 6, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 17, 1996.73 YEARS AGOBatesville’s athletic heroes, Tom Murphy and Paul Fiser, will show again for Batesville fans Friday when Catholic High School of Little Rock, coached by Murphy, comes to town for a game with the Pioneers, coached by Fiser, at fairgrounds field.Officials of the state Welfare Department have announced that Independence County is allotted 186 enrollees for the Civilian Conservation Corps. The number includes 43 Negroes.

Shoppers finding Hidden Treasures

October 6, 2009 Downtown Batesville shoppers are finding a bounty of collectable items like antique cameras, furniture, glass items, dishes and more at Hidden Treasures, located at 377 E. Main St.The new antique mall, next to the Earth Station and across from the Independence County Library, is run by partners Gail Harley and Steve King, who both have many years experience in dealing with antiques and collectables.“We have lots of old dishes, all types of glassware and silver pieces,” King said. “We also rent space to vendors at some really reasonable prices.”

AG heads to Taiwan

October 6, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is heading to Taiwan for a week-long trip.McDaniel’s office said he’s leaving Tuesday on the trip with eight other state attorneys general to meet with scholars, politicians and other high-level officials. McDaniel’s office said the trip is being organized by the National Association of Attorneys General.The trip is being sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and associated expenses are being covered by the government of Taiwan, McDaniel’s office said.

Turkey Trot planned

October 6, 2009 YELLVILLE — Featuring the oldest Wild Turkey Calling Contest in the nation, the 64th annual Turkey Trot will be Friday and Saturday on the Yellville town square. Other activities will include a parade, quilt show, 5K run, lip sync contest, pizza gobble, art show and turkey dinner. Live music, food and craft booths and a rodeo will round out the festivities. Also part of the annual event will be the Miss Turkey Trot and Miss Drumsticks beauty pageants. Visit or call (870) 449-4676 for details.

Cooper Tire to expand Texarkana factory

October 6, 2009 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has announced it will add 200 jobs to its Texarkana operation and start running the plant around the clock, seven days a week.The company said in a news release Monday that it is seeing increased demand for its tires. The added work is scheduled to start Jan. 1.

Dessert theater to be at Lyon

October 6, 2009 “Down in Littletown,” a play by poet laureate Clayton Scott of Fayetteville, will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Lyon College.The play is about a child who grew up in an abusive home and vowed to never return. Thirty-four years later he returns to take care of an ailing grandfather and uses an old typewriter to peck out poems that tell the story of his youth, according to a news release.Tickets for adults are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Student tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Movie to be screened

October 6, 2009 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7:30 p.m. Friday.Walt Disney’s animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune into 88.1 FM for the audio.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.