Court hears about grants, sex offenders

July 9, 2009 MELBOURNE — An ordinance disbursing funds from the Tobacco Prevention Program to fund the Izard County Hometown Health Coalition was approved by the Izard County Quorum Court members Tuesday at the courthouse.It is a 100 percent grant so no matching funds are required. Treva Engelhardt, a chairwoman of the Izard County Hometown Health Coalition, addressed the court to explain the need for the ordinance.

Park schedules activities

July 9, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Friday

Girl enjoys giving instead of receiving

July 9, 2009 Alley Edwards couldn’t think of anything she wanted for her birthday. She didn’t want a doll or another toy. She had plenty. “I already had a lot of stuff in my room,” the 8-year-old said.Instead of thinking of herself, Edwards began thinking of others, particularly, the residents at Wood-Lawn Nursing Home in Batesville.

Law targets teens

July 9, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A new age restriction for teenagers operating personal watercraft in Arkansas takes effect Friday, said Keith Stephens of the state Game and Fish Commission.“Rachel’s Law” raises the minimum age to 16 for individuals to legally operate a personal watercraft alone. The law is named after Rachel Rutherford, who died at age 15 in 2007 of injuries as the result of a personal watercraft accident on Lake Hamilton, Stephens said.

News of other days

July 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 19, 1996.

Whitten wins 4-H horse show title

July 8, 2009 ASH FLAT — Alex Whitten of the Ruff Riders 4-H Club of Sharp County was named Senior Northeast Region 4-H Horse Show Queen June 22 at the Arkansas State University Equine Center in Jonesboro.Whitten placed first in stock horse fillies and mares, first in Western riding, first in stake race, first in keyhole, second in senior showmanship, second in senior trail, third in senior Western pleasure, third in senior barrels, fourth in senior horsemanship and sixth in stock horse geldings.

Hot weather gardening tips offered by Master Gardeners

July 8, 2009 We now enter the fun months for gardening in Arkansas. Temperatures are heating up, natural rainfall can be hit and miss, and insects and diseases have found their foothold.Try to garden smart, working early in the day. Watering in the early daytime hours is also better — the foliage dries quicker, the moisture can work its way into the root profile before the heat stresses the plants, and we lose less water to evaporation.Cutting flowers for indoor bouquets and harvesting vegetables in the early part of the day can also improve their lasting power and flavor.

Civil War to take center stage in historic Helena

July 8, 2009 HELENA-WEST HELENA — In early 1861, the United States began falling apart. Many point the finger of blame toward slavery; others believe states’ rights to be the impetus. Regardless the catalyst, the next four years would be burdened with strife, death, discord and controversy. With an estimated 600,000 men losing their lives, the four-year episode marks the deadliest period in the history of the United States.

Fleeing, drug arrests made

July 8, 2009  Police made two early morning arrests today after one man reportedly fled from them on a four-wheeler and another was said to have been driving after huffing a household cleaning product.Around 12:40 a.m. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said he was on patrol on Camp Tahkodah Road when he met a four-wheeler that reportedly tried to flee from him by turning onto Gem Street at a high rate of speed and sliding sideways several times.