CPR class offered

August 13, 2009 Vital Link Ambulance Service will offer a health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee is $40.To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Tharp to celebrate 80th birthday

August 13, 2009 SPRING MILL — Mildred Wink Tharp of Spring Mill will celebrate her 80th birthday Sunday.She was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Batesville to the late Guy and Lois Wink.She attended Ruddell Hill School through the eighth grade and graduated from Batesville High School in 1947.Her husband was the late Harvey Tharp.She has four children, Laura Colton of Sulphur Rock, Sallie Williams of Cushman, Tina Fuller of Desha and Kenny Tharp of Spring Mill.She attends Oak Hill Pentecostal Church.

Ex-Clinton aide named in prison smuggling case

August 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK. (AP) — A former top aide to Bill Clinton when he was Arkansas governor was charged Wednesday with trying to smuggle a knife and 48 tattoo needles onto the state’s death row.Betsey Wright, a longtime visitor to death row, was detained May 22 after a guard noticed a small knife and a box cutter attached to her key chain, said prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler. A loose ink pen she had contained tweezers with sharpened edges, Tyler said. Inside a bag of Doritos, the guard found the tattoo needles.

Melbourne woman jailed

August 13, 2009 Suffering no serious injuries in a traffic accident Wednesday evening, a Melbourne woman chose the back porch of a nearby residence to wait for police.Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said he was dispatched to a reported accident at 3490 N. Central Ave. around 7:25 p.m. but found no driver with the car when he arrived.He said Vital Link ambulance personnel told him the driver, later identified as Melissa D. Williams, 36, was sitting behind the home where the accident occurred.

Guard kicks off NIE program

August 13, 2009 Cynthia Mott uses newspapers in her classroom practically on a daily basis.Melissa Cooper says Newspapers in Education is “a great way to keep young people aware of printed media in this technology age.”And Samatha Randleas found some great hands-on activities and resources for her classroom.These teachers understand one thing: Even in the digital era, reading is fundamental to children.

City eyes park grant

August 13, 2009 Batesville’s Westside neighborhood could soon be getting its first public park.Tuesday night, the city council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to apply for a 50-50 matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Outdoor Recreation Grant Program. If approved, the grant would be about $30,000.“With in-kind labor, we would probably be able to put in a $20,000 structure,” Mayor Rick Elumbaugh told the Guard.

Pickles Gap Village

August 13, 2009 CONWAY — By the sound of her voice, you would think Vonna Coker had known the man and woman for years.“Hello, hello,” she says, as the door swings open and the couple walks inside.“You need me, or are you all right over there?” she asks a man who’s peering into a glass case filled with Depression-era glassware.

Extra rain helping, hurting hay growers

August 12, 2009 PINE  BLUFF — Homeowners lamenting their wildly growing lawns and the lack of dry weather to cut them can empathize with the state’s hay growers.“Their hay crops are needing to be harvested and it just can’t get harvested,” said Don Plunkett, Jefferson County Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “A lot of hay is getting bigger and bigger and losing quality.”

Melbourne hires staff

August 12, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School board recognized member Danny Taylor with a plaque of appreciation Monday night during a meeting which was called in order to hire a new kindergarten teacher before classes begin Aug. 19.Taylor has been a member of the board of directors for 11 years. While board agreed to hire Pam Bullington as a kindergarten teacher, it also hired Bob Bailey as an architect for the high school’s new classroom addition, a project which the board agreed to start accepting bids on.

Stracener, Usserys win trophies at car show

August 12, 2009 The River City Cruisers annual car show was held Saturday at Mark Martin Ford, located on Highway 167 South in Batesville.More than 120 cars were on display, with participants from Fort Smith, the Little Rock area, Mountain Home, West Plains, Mo., Tulsa, Okla., and other areas.The best of show trophy went to Tommy Stracener of Jonesboro, with a “body off” restoration of a 1950 Chevrolet pickup. It received an overall score of 97 points of a possible 100.