Boating course well attended

May 4, 2009 Rainy weather wasn’t a deterrent for several dedicated boaters who attended a free safe boating class in Batesville Saturday.The class, held at the White River Fire Fighters Training Center in Batesville was attended by 14 boaters from around the area and surrounding counties. The farthest participants came from Imboden and Mountain Home.

Guard brings home 10 first-place awards

May 4, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard came away with several first-place and other awards at the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors 2009 Convention. The awards dinner was held Saturday at Mount Magazine State Park near Paris.Guard staff swept an entire category, and Assistant Managing Editor Andrea Bruner received four first-place awards. In addition, the Guard won the Sweepstakes category for Division II (medium dailies).

News of other days

May 1, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 14, 1996. 

Colleges Brief

May 1, 2009 Melbourne girl earns awardMELBOURNE — Melbourne High School senior Jessika R. Foster has been awarded a $500 educational award in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal benefit society offering financial services.Foster, the daughter of Alicia and Stephen Robertson of Melbourne and Paul and Danielle Foster of Sturkie, plans to use the grant to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is one of 100 grant winners chosen this year.

Students awarded scholarships to UACCB

May 1, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has awarded scholarships to several area graduates, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.Alan Fulcher has been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship. The son of John and Cindy Fulcher of Batesville, Fulcher will graduate from Southside High School in May. He plans to pursue an associate of arts.The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to students with a composite ACT score of 27 or higher. It provides in-state tuition (up to 15 hours), a $250 stipend and free use of text books each semester.

Local trapper finds ways to keep catching ’em

May 1, 2009 This isn’t just the story of a trapper; it’s a story about inconvenience. John L. Tucker didn’t let the inconvenience of the failure of his legs to carry him, stop him from spending time outside doing what he loves.His dedication to being outdoors should be an inspiration to all of us who may think getting out there for whatever we enjoy is too hard.

Local trapper finds ways to keep catching ’em

May 1, 2009 This isn’t just the story of a trapper; it’s a story about inconvenience. John L. Tucker didn’t let the inconvenience of the failure of his legs to carry him, stop him from spending time outside doing what he loves.His dedication to being outdoors should be an inspiration to all of us who may think getting out there for whatever we enjoy is too hard.

Students graduate from UofA

May 1, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas has announced that the following local students successfully completed their course requirements and officially graduated at the conclusion of the fall 2008 term:Batesville — Micah A. Bryant, master of science in civil engineering; Richard S. Ryan, master of science in operations management; James Newton Waugh, master of arts in education;Mountain View — Matthew Edward Turner, bachelor of architecture;

Floral parolee turns himself in after being injured in shooting

May 1, 2009 A Floral man has turned himself into the Independence County Sheriff’s Office following a shooting in which he was injured on March 20, according to a circuit court affidavit, filed by Independence County Detective Jeff Sims.Sims said that Randy James Hobbs, 52, accompanied by his parole officer, turned himself in to the sheriff’s on April 8 and admitted that he had lied about how he had been injured in the March shooting.