BBBS honor Daniel Roettger

April 10, 2009 Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas recently announced its “Big of the Month, High School Big” Daniel Roettger of Batesville. Roettger was chosen from all of the Bigs who serve in Batesville, Conway, Russellville and Newport. Dan was chosen because of his dedication to the High School Bigs program. He visits his “little” regularly in the school-based setting and has been matched with the same “little” for two years, according to a news release.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 10, 2009 Confederate Heritage Day setLITTLE ROCK — The annual Confederate Heritage Day ceremony will be held Saturday on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, according to a press release.The event is a celebration of three separate events: Arkansas Confederate History and Heritage Month, Confederate Memorial Day and Confederate Flag Day.The public event gets under way at 10:30 a.m. with a reading of Arkansas soldiers who died during the war years of 1861-65. A bell will be rung following each name.

Area Briefs

April 10, 2009 Ozarka plans Spring Carnival

Tornado reported in downtown Mena

April 10, 2009 MENA (AP) — Violent storms hit much of southwestern Arkansas on Thursday, with a tornado making “a direct hit” on the Polk County Courthouse and pelting part of Mena with apple-sized hail. Twisters were also reported near DeQueen, Hot Springs and Texarkana.Renee Preslar, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Emergency Management, said Gov. Mike Beebe had authorized dispatch of 30 National Guard soldiers to Mena. She said local officials asked for troops to secure the downtown area.

Volunteers needed

April 10, 2009 The United Way of Independence County’s annual Day of Caring is scheduled for May 2. The Day of Caring offers volunteers from throughout the county the opportunity to work with other volunteers on projects for the community. The United Way Day of Caring is a communitywide day of hands-on volunteering. The event not only helps the United Way agencies, and the people they serve, but it will also give volunteers a firsthand look at the services being provided by the United Way agencies as well as community needs.

JPs to talk about job

April 10, 2009 ASH FLAT — Appointing a coroner will be discussed during Monday’s Sharp County Quorum Court meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the main courtroom of the county courthouse in Ash Flat.County Coroner Randy McComas died Wednesday.County Judge Larry Brown said the vacancy came up so quickly and unexpectedly that the court may only discuss the matter rather than actually fill the position.Stewart Noland of Crist Engineers is expected to update the justices on efforts to obtain natural gas service in the county.

Windstorm uproots trees

April 10, 2009 Strong winds that rushed through Independence, Sharp and Izard counties Thursday night didn’t hang around long, but left some destruction in their wake, according to local authorities.“We started getting reports of a storm with strong winds and dime-sized hail in the Floral area around (10:20 p.m.),” said Glen Willis, director of the Independence County Office of Emergency Management. “By 10:30 it was in Pleasant Plains and just a few minutes later it was in Batesville. By midnight there was a full moon shining.”

News of other days

April 9, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 22, 1996. 

Service News

April 9, 2009 SAN ANTONIO — Air Force Airman 1st Class Ross A. Flood has arrived for duty at Little Rock Air Force Base.Flood, a maintenance management analysis apprentice, is assigned to the 19th Maintenance Squadron.He is the son of Beverly D. Lampkin of Batesville and Steve G. Flood of Steele, Mo. He is a 2002 graduate of Batesville High School.

Easter egg hunts set for Saturday

April 9, 2009 Several area Easter egg hunts have been planned for this weekend:• A community Easter egg hunt will start at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Desha Community Park; the activity is being provided by Southside Assembly of God.There will be skits, prizes for the most eggs found, refreshments, special prize eggs and more. Attendees are asked to bring a basket to hunt eggs.For more information, call (870) 793-2073.