Area Briefs

June 25, 2009 WRMC surgery team prepares video to be used for training

Concord Fun Day planned

June 25, 2009 CONCORD — Additional plans for the annual Concord Fun Day were approved by the city council during a special meeting Monday, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The fun day actually falls on July 4 this year.A work day has been set for this Saturday at the city park, beginning around 6:30 or 7 a.m. in order to escape some of the heat of the day, Pettit said. Volunteers are welcome to assist city officials in cleaning up the park so it will be ready for the fun day a week later.

Lyon grad to attend Harvard

June 25, 2009 When Braye Cloud graduated from Lyon College in 2005, he knew he was destined for great things. He just wasn’t sure what it would be. “I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I did know that I wanted to do something relevant and meaningful,” he said. The North Little Rock native, who majored in history, French and religion and philosophy, is about to embark on a journey he hopes will lead him to those great things when he begins work this fall toward a master’s degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

WRMC takes part in emergency drill

June 25, 2009 White River Medical Center recently participated in a statewide exercise designed to test the state’s ability to respond to a large-scale public health crisis, according to a news release.The drill involved emergency preparedness planners from hospitals and state and local agencies statewide who plan to rehearse what they would do in the hours and days following an actual public health emergency, such as a weather disaster or the spread of a deadly communicable disease.

Reading, writing, summer fun Batesville STAR offers creative outlet for kids

June 25, 2009 With a green crayon in hand and several sheets of orange and blue construction paper, 11-year-old Shaleah Thorne knows exactly what she wants to say.While sitting at a table inside the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, she begins writing, trying to find just the right words to begin her storybook titled “The Lonely Ladybug.”But it’s not her first book, Thorne explains, looking up from her work. “The Lonely Ladybug” happens to be the sequel to “The Very Happy Ladybug.”

Stage coming back to Batesville

June 25, 2009 Stage is coming back to Batesville.This summer, Stage will be going into the old Goodys site at 99 Eagle Mountain Blvd. this summer, according to an announcement from Stage Stores Inc., the parent company of Stage.The 21,500-square-foot store will include “a broad selection of name-brand and private label family apparel, shoes, accessories, home decor, gifts and more, priced right every day.”

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.