Arkansas Baptist adds to athletics

June 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Baptist College is expanding its athletic program.The Little Rock junior college will offer softball, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s cross country and track and field beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year, Athletic Director Charles Ripley said Monday.Arkansas Baptist is entering its third season of junior college football.

News of other days

June 24, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 8, 1996.

Williford student attends camp

June 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Brooke Fowler of Williford was among 65 young people participating in the 37th annual Arkansas Farm  Bureau Teen Challenge Camp held June 15-18 at the C.A. Vines Center near Ferndale, according to Jim Kester of the bureau.“During the week,  students attended classes on ATV training, drinking and driving prevention, power line safety, and Dewayne  Yarbrough of the attorney general’s office spoke on ‘Smart Choices, Better Choices.’”Fowler was sponsored  by Sharp County Farm Bureau.

Flower, garden tips offered

June 24, 2009 By now your plants should have fully leafed out and begun growing. If you have any plants or branches that have not leafed out, begin pruning. Some damage is still lingering from the 2008 Easter freeze.Also, if you have severe damage, you will need several years’ worth of good pruning to reshape the plant. How well you prune a young plant can help determine how well it grows in future years. Look for branches that cross over or that have weak crotch angles. Too many trunks or branches on top of each other will eventually lead to problems.

Prevent pesticide spray drift

June 24, 2009 ASH FLAT — Whenever pesticides are applied, the potential exists for damaging off-target movement, or “drift.” However, attention to weather conditions and sound judgment can lead to decisions that will minimize drift and possible harmful effects.By preventing or minimizing drift, you should avoid the following:• Risks to nearby people and wildlife.• Damage to non-target crops.• Potential pollution of surface and groundwater resources.

Blackberry Bushes to perform

June 24, 2009 Calico Rock — The Blackberry Bushes from Seattle will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calico Rock Music Hall.The Blackberry Bushes Stringband “honor old time and bluegrass tradition with modern homegrown illuminations,” according to a news release.

Birthday reception slated for Sinele’s 85th birthday

June 24, 2009 OIL TROUGH — Mabel Ford Sinele will celebrate her 85th birthday with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. July 4 at Oil Trough City Hall.She was born July 5, 1924, near Cave City, to Howard and Lillie Burrow Ford. She graduated from Cave City High School and received a bachelor of arts in mathematics and social studies from Harding College (now Harding University). She taught for a year at Cave City School and for 27 years at Oil Trough High School.She married G.H. Sinele on May 29, 1944, in Cave City. They moved to Oil Trough on April 19, 1946, to live on and manage a farm.

Area Briefs

June 24, 2009 Mountain Home woman dies from apparent drowning

Fun Fest to offer free activities prior to wrestling, Van Zant, Foghat events

June 24, 2009 A number of activities will be taking place this Saturday in conjunction with the Batesville Family Fun Fest. Gates open at 8 a.m. at Riverside Park. Free activities include Bounce houses provided by Lambert’s Bounce Houses, pony rides and petting zoo provided by Batesville Cold Storage and First Community Bank, water slide, food and craft vendors, 3-on-3 basketball, youth football clinic conducted by former Razorback standout Anthony Lucas for ages 7-14, skateboarding activities, water gun fight, Frisbee tossing and more.

‘Ed’ Ellison remembered

June 24, 2009 Edwin “Ed” Ellison enjoyed playing on computers, watching ball games, traveling and especially cozying up to his favorite pet, Cheri, the Alaskan cat.“My (family) left Cheri with us while they went to Egypt,” his wife, Ollie, said. “He didn’t really want her in the beginning, but after three weeks she was his cat. And she really, really misses him.”Ellison died Thursday in Batesville. He was 80.