Mayor recovering

September 14, 2009 Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh is recovering after suffering a heart attack Saturday evening.Elumbaugh was taken to White River Medical Center with plans to be released today, he told the Guard.“I’m doing well,” he said Sunday evening. “Everything’s going great — they’re taking extremely good care of me here and I’ve had a lot of folks (say) I’ve been on the prayer list and had a lot of visitors. I feel good and but on the doctor’s advice I should probably take it easy.”

Batesville man killed in Virginia wreck

September 14, 2009 ROANOKE, Va. — The truck driver who was killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County on Friday morning has been identified as an Arkansas man.Danny Ray Parks, 47, of Batesville,  was driving a tractor-trailer that rear-ended another tractor-trailer near mile marker 141 on I-81 south about 10 a.m., Virginia State Police said.The first tractor-trailer had stopped for an earlier wreck, state police said.Parks’ stepson, Shawn Campbell, said he thought Parks had been on the road only a few minutes after a stop when the crash happened.

College reports record numbers

September 14, 2009 Melbourne — For the seventh consecutive fall semester, Ozarka College has surpassed its enrollment record, according to Ron Helm, vice president of student services at Ozarka. With 1,363 students enrolled, Ozarka has seen a 30-percent increase from the fall of 2003. Ozarka President Dr. Richard Dawe credited the enrollment increases to the dedication and commitment of Ozarka faculty and staff who go above and beyond to serve students. Ozarka has experienced a 33-percent increase in full time enrollment (FTE) numbers in the last seven years.

News of Other Days

September 11, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 24, 1996.73 YEARS AGOWesley Carpenter of this city has resigned his position as superintendent of the schools at Desha to accept the superintendency of the Sulphur Rock High School. School at Sulphur Rock will open Monday with teachers Robert Lee Calaway, Hugh Morris, Miss Mabel Moore and Mrs. Mary Robertson. Mr. Carpenter succeeds Ewell Richardson, who resigned to enter the law school at the University of Arkansas.

Public meetings set

September 11, 2009 AUGUSTA — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex is now available for public review and comment. The complex consists of Bald Knob, Big Lake, Cache River and Wapanocca national wildlife refuges. Public meetings for comments will be from 5-8 p.m. The open houses closest to Batesville are on Tuesday at the Bald Knob Municipal Building, 3713 Highway 367 in Bald Knob, and Thursday at the National Guard Armory, 500 Highway 64 East in Augusta.

Brown trout may have broken Little Red record

September 11, 2009 MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — An angler has landed the heaviest brown trout on record in Michigan.The Ludington Daily News says Tom Healy of Rockford caught the 41-pound, 7 1/4-ounce trout Wednesday from a boat in the Manistee River.Department of Natural Resources biologists have weighed the fish and confirmed its type. The previous Michigan record for brown trout was a 36-pound, 13-ounce specimen caught in Frankfort in 2007.The Daily News says the catch might have broken a world record.

Fall turkey season: Let those without a clue get out of the way

September 11, 2009 The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission is up to monkey business again. Or, rather, the agency’s newest commissioner is. On Sept. 24, the seven voting commissioners will decide whether or not to close the fall turkey season in Arkansas.This closure proposal was made at the August commission meeting by rookie commissioner Emon Mahoney of El Dorado. “I cannot in good faith further restrict spring hunting if we allow hunters to kill hens in the fall,” Mahoney said, by way of explanation.

‘Pharaohs,’ Riverfest named top events

September 11, 2009 Little Rock — The American Bus Association (ABA) announced that the “World of the Pharaohs” Exhibition and Riverfest have been designated as two of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2010 by an elite tourism industry selection committee. The “Pharaohs” exhibit opens Sept. 25 at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and will be on display through July 5, 2010. The Arts Center is one of only four locations on the North American continent where the exhibit will be shown.

First lottery tickets arrive in Arkansas

September 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The first shipment of Arkansas’ lottery tickets are arriving in the state next week.The state’s lottery commission announced today that it plans to hold a ceremony Monday at a Little Rock distribution center to mark the arrival of the scratch-off tickets. Ticket sales start Sept. 28.The tickets will be distributed to 1,500 retailers around the state licensed by the lottery commission.Commissioners plan on breaking the seal on the truck delivering the ticket shipments.

Lost Cane, Whistleville, Little River & Roseland Reunion set

September 11, 2009 As a boy of 14, I sat in a classroom of the Lost Cane School and listened as my teachers spoke of fame, fortune, war and peace and I wondered what the future had to offer. Some 50-plus years separate the man I am today from the young man I was then and change has been an integral part of each year.But one thing has not changed — my love for Lost Cane School and the wonderful friends who attended with me.