Lyon plans Christmas activities

December 1, 2009 Lyon College will host several Christmas activities in December.The Lyon Concert Band and soloist Josh Palmer will present a short holiday sing-a-long in the front of Brown Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday as the Christmas tree is lit. Hot cider will be served.The Lyon Concert Chorale and Batesville Choral Society will present “Christmas Memories” Dec. 11 in Brown Chapel.The Lyon College Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Joel Plaag, will perform holiday music and Christmas favorites at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Brown Chapel.

Library to host chili supper

December 1, 2009 The Friends of the Mabee-Simpson Library at Lyon College will host a chili supper and silent auction from 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the library. The cost will be $3 for students and Friends of the Library members and $5 for adults. Children under 12 eat free.Some of the items that have been donated to the auction include:• handcrafted pottery by Becki and David Dahlstedt of Mountain View;• dinner for six hosted by Hope Spragins;• historic framed map donated by Donna and Carter Yeatman;

Woman tells officer she was ‘texting’ while driving

December 1, 2009 Sporting a wristband promoting having a designated driver while drinking, a 36-year-old Melbourne woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning, according to Deputy Chris Toland with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Toland said around 3 he saw a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix turn off Brewer Hill Road and head south on Highway 167 and noticed the car was being driven erratically.

Rock ’n’ roll grew up in Jackson County

December 1, 2009 Rock ’n’ roll music may have been born in Memphis, but it grew up in Jackson County’s clubs along Highway 67 — and there was a good reason, Henry Boyce of Newport told Rotarians on Monday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse.That reason was money.“Back in those days, Jackson County was the only wet county surrounded by dry counties, and also had illicit gambling, sort of tacitly allowed by authorities. You (an entertainer) could get $500 a night at the Silver Moon in Newport, Arkansas, when they might get $50 or $100 in Memphis,” Boyce said.

Madrigal tickets available

December 1, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High School Choir’s 15th Annual Ye Olde Christmasse Madrigal Feaste will be Dec. 11 and 12.  Seating, which is limited, begins nightly at 6:30 and dinner starts at 7 at the Southside Middle School Cafetorium, “which will be magically transformed into the South Castle,” a news release states.Dinner will include fresh fruit, French onion potage, beef tenderloin au jus, twice baked potatoes, green bean bundles, whole loaves of wheat bread, flaming dessert, iced tea and coffee. 

Flu clinic scheduled

December 1, 2009 Independence County is having a second flu clinic, but this time it will be at the health department — not the fairgrounds — and it will not be a drive-through clinic like at the fairgrounds, according to health unit administrator Sonia Nix.“We will be doing them here on December 18th from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. or until we run out of vaccine,” Nix said.The clinic will be a walk-in.

News of Other Days

November 30, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 13, 1996.

Chelsea Clinton engaged to be married

November 30, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has become engaged to her longtime boyfriend.Matt McKenna, a spokesman for former President Bill Clinton, confirmed that 29-year old Chelsea and investment banker Marc Mezvinsky got engaged on Thanksgiving and announced it in an e-mail to friends.Chelsea is the only daughter of the former president and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The couple was rumored to be getting married last summer in Martha’s Vineyard but the stories turned out to be premature. The engagement was first reported by ABC News.

Neighbors bring in farmer’s last crop

November 30, 2009 MARMADUKE (AP) — At first glance, it was just another day on the farm: fields stretched almost as far as the eye can see in two directions, and the brown, spindly branches of cotton plants were dotted white with bolls ready to harvest.Some of the 20 men gathered finished their lunch and prepared to climb back aboard the cotton pickers and tractors pulling boll buggies, while others headed out to man the module builders, which shape the loose, picked cotton into giant stacks that will later be picked up by workers from the nearby cotton co-op for processing.

Searcy cops learn to spot deception

November 30, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — The days of getting away with a little white lie may be over at Ahlf Junior High School and Searcy High School as two school resource officers have been trained in reading body language to detect deception.The class, “Subconscious Communication to Detect Danger” was offered Sept. 10 at the Criminal Justice Institute of Little Rock and featured a nationally-known expert in the subject, Dr. S.A. Rhodes of Colorado.