Art show calls for artists

August 11, 2009 HARDY — The Spring River Artist Guild is calling for artists to participate in its annual art show. The 2009 Spring River Artists Guild Art Show will be hung for viewing at the Spring River Gallery, 112B Main St. in Hardy, from Oct. 16-25.Artists over age 18 may submit as many as three entries into the juried show. Acceptance of works will be at the discretion of the Art Show Committee. Work must be delivered on Oct. 9 or 10.

Lafferty to host homecoming

August 11, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — Lafferty Community Church near Mount Pleasant will have its annual homecoming Sunday.Billy Brooks will conduct the morning services beginning at 11. A potluck will be served at noon, and there will be special singing in the afternoon.The event is open to the public.

Youths place in 4-H event

August 11, 2009 Several Independence County 4-H’ers competed in the 2009 Regional 4-H O-Rama held in Jonesboro in June. Winners were: JuniorsFirst place — Cheyenne Gilliam, Animal Science; Christina Okolo, Entomology Talk; Cheyenne Reed, Ornamental Horticulture; Davis Campbell, Human Development; Nicole Ursin, Forestry;

Cave City registration set

August 11, 2009 CAVE CITY — Registration for middle school students at Cave City will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the middle school office, Superintendent Steve Green said.Fifth- and sixth-grade students should register Wednesday, while seventh- and eighth-grade students are to register Thursday.“They can pick up their schedules and rent their lockers,” Green said.

Civil War group to meet

August 11, 2009 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Mary Cooper Miller will present a program entitled “Refugees During the War.”

Judge handling W. Memphis slayings case won’t quit

August 11, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Lawyers for two of the three men convicted of killing three West Memphis 8-year-olds in 1993 asked Circuit Judge David Burnett to step aside from the case Monday, citing his announced plans to seek a state Senate seat.Burnett denied the motion.The judge is presiding over a hearing on claims by Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley that they weren’t adequately represented by their trial attorneys.

Guard to host open house Friday afternoon

August 11, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard will host a Customer Appreciation Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the newspaper office, 258 W. Main St. in downtown Batesville.Refreshments will be served.Also, the Guard is running a 15-percent off coupon in this Thursday’s Customer Appreciation special section.“This is our way to show our customers our thanks, and we hope everyone will stop by and visit with our staff,” said Pat Jones, general manager of the Batesville Daily Guard.———www.guardonline.com

Loyd appointed fire services coordinator

August 11, 2009 ASH FLAT — Dick Loyd of Center was appointed as Sharp County fire services coordinator during Monday’s regular quorum court meeting.The coordinator works with all fire departments in the county.Loyd, a retired businessman, said that as a retiree he has time to devote to the job, which is an unpaid position. He said he has taken firefighter training and first responder courses.One thing he plans to work on is to make sure that everyone is listed in their correct fire districts in the 911 emergency call system.

More students foster need for teachers

August 11, 2009 With more students expected to attend Batesville Schools this fall, Superintendent Ted Hall wants to be prepared when the school bell rings and the classroom doors open a week from Wednesday. In a unanimous vote during a special meeting Monday afternoon, the Batesville School Board agreed to hire five new certified teachers for the 2009-10 year. With students transferring under Freedom of Choice to attend Batesville and new kindergartners coming in, along with all the returning students, the additions will ensure a proportionate student to teacher ratio.

Mabry to head ICEDC

August 11, 2009 Monday evening marked another key development for Independence County with Ed Mabry selected to head the county’s Economic Development Commission.“We interviewed three potential candidates and eight applications,” Renee’ Martin said. Martin represented the ICEDC board of directors Monday and told the quorum court Mabry was their choice for director.“Ed really had the qualifications that we were looking for and experience,” Martin said, noting Mabry’s past positions and international experiences.