Hillcrest robotics team advances

November 13, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Students from the Hillcrest High School Applied Robotics Designz Inc. team competed and won three awards at the Crowley’s Ridge BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, & Technology) Robotics competition recently at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. The team won second place in the timed robotics competition, second place in the overall BEST competition (which combines all 5 categories) and the Web site Design award.

Izard court seeks corner drug store

November 13, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Corner Drug Store at Melbourne could soon house a 16th Judicial District drug court for Izard and Fulton counties.With a 6-3 vote during a special-called meeting Thursday night, the Izard County Quorum Court agreed to allow County Judge Rayburn Finley to submit an offer for the purchase of the pharmacy at 118 Spring St. on the Melbourne square.The pharmacy, which is relocating, became available for purchase in June.

Abuse of corpse charges filed

November 13, 2009 Three people are being held in the Independence County jail after they were arrested Tuesday for dumping a man’s body in Egner Cemetery Sunday morning. In an affidavit, filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Independence County Detective Robert Moser said the charge of one count each of abuse of a corpse has been filed against 38-year-old James Scoggins of McGough Road; Becky Lambert, 49, of Haynie Drive; and Thomas Haney, 53, of Newport.

News of Other Days

November 12, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 27, 1996.

Jury weighs death penalty in TV anchorwoman case

November 12, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A psychiatrist says the man convicted of killing TV anchorwoman Anne Pressly has a brain that is like a car with bad wiring — sometimes it works and sometime it doesn’t.Jurors found Curtis Lavelle Vance guilty Wednesday in an assault on KATV host Anne Pressly at her Little Rock bungalow on Oct. 20, 2008. The attack shattered her face and sent her into a coma. Pressly never regained consciousness and died five days later.Vance, 29, of Marianna, also was convicted of residential burglary along with rape and theft of property.

Ozarka president anticipates ‘growth phase’

November 12, 2009 MELBOURNE — Community colleges should serve as a stimulus for economic development, Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe told the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development board at its recent meeting, which included representatives from Searcy, Stone, Izard, Baxter, Sharp, and Fulton counties. No representatives from Van Buren or Marion counties were in attendance. Dawe said Ozarka was “on the cusp of a growth phase,” which would begin in earnest as the economy continues to get back on track, and aggressive planning for this growth is now under way.

Cornerstone to present programs

November 12, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — Cornerstone Baptist Church will present Family Sunday this Sunday with featured entertainment by The Crumpton Family of Heber Springs.“This popular gospel music family has been an inspiration for hundreds of families during a time when worshiping God as a ‘family’ is more important than ever before in history,” a news release states.

Cornerstone to present programs

November 12, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — Cornerstone Baptist Church will present Family Sunday this Sunday with featured entertainment by The Crumpton Family of Heber Springs.“This popular gospel music family has been an inspiration for hundreds of families during a time when worshiping God as a ‘family’ is more important than ever before in history,” a news release states.

Travelers can keep eye on their home

November 12, 2009 This holiday season, many travelers will be able to keep a close eye on home.Thanks to new security system technology, including live video feed, you can monitor everything from the front door to the sump pump from hundreds of miles away.“You can see anything that’s going on from anywhere in the world,” said Jay Park of Park Place Installations in Buffalo, N.Y.Homeowners can set the new alarm systems to send text messages or e-mails when something goes wrong at home.

Moms of Military to meet

November 12, 2009 The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church.The meeting is open to all women with family serving in any branch of the military. The group meets the third Monday evening of each month to share experiences, military information and ideas, and to support one another. Child care will be available. For information call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.