Local resident spends semester in Zambia, Africa

September 16, 2009 SEARCY — This fall semester, Nikita Hitt of Concord will travel to Namwianga, Zambia, to participate in a three-month mission-oriented program.Hitt, a sophomore early childhood education major at Harding University, is one of 23 students spending a semester at the Namwianga mission, which holds the George S. Benson Teachers College as well as an elementary and high school, medical clinic, orphanage and a haven for infants and toddlers who have lost their mothers to AIDS.

Library has new hours

September 16, 2009 The Independence County Library has new hours effective immediately.The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

NCARED hears from ADED on new Site Selection Web portal

September 16, 2009 Highland — The state is working on a new Web portal to connect individuals and businesses with information regarding properties in the state. Now, the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development group has voted to get on board with the site and move forward with the development of a plan for how to implement and roll it out in the eight-county NCARED region.The NCARED board met recently and heard from Jessica Breaux with the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, who discussed the Arkansas Site Selection Web portal

Reynolds to visit Batesville

September 16, 2009 CONWAY — Col. Conrad Reynolds will visit Batesville this evening as part of his statewide veterans listening tour to discuss the challenges facing Arkansas veterans and their families.Reynolds, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and a 1978 Batesville High School graduate, will be at American Legion Post 114 at 100 Legion Lane from 5-7.

Ratliff, Stauffer win school board seats

September 16, 2009 In area school elections Tuesday, Kirk Ratliff was an easy winner for Cave City School Board Position 6 with 480 votes to incumbent Jeff Eddy’s 93, according to tabulations in the Sharp County Clerk’s Office.Stephen Stauffer was elected to Cave City Position 7 with 483 votes to 37 for write-in candidate Robert Hutchison, who was the incumbent.Both Cave City positions carry five-year terms.

Griffin runs for judge

September 16, 2009 Robert T. Griffin, Democrat, of Newark has announced he is seeking election to the position of Independence County judge.Griffin is a lifelong resident of Independence County. He owned half interest in and operated Griffin Seed and Grain Co. Inc. in Newark for 33 years before selling it this spring. He shared ownership in Griffin Ford Lincoln Mercury of Newport for a period of time. He is currently developing a subdivision near Batesville as well as owning farm land and cattle.

Officers search for van

September 16, 2009 MELBOURNE — Two grandmothers became concerned and called the sheriff’s office after they compared notes about a suspicious van in their neighborhoods that was targeting their grandchildren.Schools and daycare centers in Izard County have been alerted to pay close attention to anyone driving a white van after authorities said they were called with concerns of a possible abduction after the two women reported strangers approaching their grandchildren. One child claims one of the strangers threatened to abduct her.

Convict still on lam

September 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas state prison inmate who previously escaped twice from a county jail apparently pulled out a sheriff’s van window and jumped out of the moving vehicle into a rainstorm, authorities said Tuesday.

News of Other Days

September 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 26, 1996.73 YEARS AGODr. R.F. Cuff, a former professor of English at David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tenn., and at Mercer University, will head the English Department at Arkansas College this year, Dr. W.S. Lacy, college president, has announced. Dr. Cuff will succeed J. Quincy Wolfe Jr., who has been granted a leave of absence to complete work on his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University.

Treasure Island adds programs

September 15, 2009 Treasure Island Gymnastics, a Christian-based facility in Batesville, has expanded its programs to include instruction in competitive gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do, according to instructor Jennifer Caughron, who owns and operates the business with her husband, Steve Caughron.“We now offer non-competitive and competitive gymnastics as well as pre-school tumbling, cheerleading, beginner’s gymnastics,” Jennifer Caughron said recently.