Soybean rust spreads to Independence Co.

September 23, 2009 Three more counties — Independence, Crawford and Pope — have confirmed cases of soybean rust, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture said Tuesday.The incidence of the fungus, which can impact yield, was very low — 1 percent to 5 percent, said Scott Monfort, extension plant pathologist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

News of Other Days

September 23, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 4, 1996.73 YEARS AGOBarney Gilpatrick of Pleasant Plains, who suffered a fire loss estimated at $1,500 early Saturday morning in a blaze which also destroyed the post office and the Fred Honeycutt General Store, was in the Guard office Tuesday and announced that he had managed to save about $500 worth of stock from his store and that he will open for business in the building formerly occupied by Oscar Wright.

Physical therapist offers several tips to prevent falling

September 23, 2009 Falls are not a part of the normal aging process, but unfortunately, are a leading cause of injury and death among older adults according to Certified Geriatric Specialist Betty Bradley. Bradley is a physical therapist at White River Medical Center’s PROS (Physical Rehab Outpatient Services) Clinic. The clinic is recognizing the first day of fall by participating in National Fall Prevention Awareness Week Sept. 20-27 with education and prevention activities.

Fla. cops caught playing video game during raid

September 23, 2009 BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says he is embarrassed that investigators from a narcotics task force were caught on camera playing a video game while searching a convicted drug dealer’s house.Video obtained by WFLA-TV in Tampa shows several officers enthusiastically playing a Nintendo Wii bowling game after the task force entered the house to execute a search warrant.Sheriff Grady Judd from Polk County said Tuesday the incident is being reviewed and disciplinary action will be taken if necessary.

Man who made toddler smoke pot gets 10 years

September 23, 2009 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who videotaped himself forcing his 18-month-old niece to smoke marijuana has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.Prosecutors say 19-year-old Melvin Blevins was part of a marijuana-trafficking ring, The Columbus Dispatch reported. A video recording showed him giving the toddler marijuana in a pipe while his girlfriend held her.Blevins was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Columbus. He pleaded guilty in March to various drug and weapons charges, including distribution of marijuana to a person younger than 21.

UACCB’s IT department works behind the scenes

September 23, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Information Technology department works in stealth mode; behind the scenes they consistently smooth glitches and update systems and equipment, allowing faculty, staff and students to breathe easier.

School board to OK budget

September 23, 2009 The Batesville School Board will hold a special public meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. The board will approve the 2009-10 proposed budget for submission to the Arkansas Department of Education in Superintendent Ted Hall’s office.

Izard historical society to hear about ‘Pifalls of Genealogy’

September 23, 2009 CALICO ROCK — Diane Siddons will lead a group discussion on the “Pitfalls of Genealogy” at the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society’s fall program. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calico Rock Community Room and is open to the public.Siddons will share problems she has encountered doing genealogy research and reveal solutions she has found. She will encourage members of the audience to share their research experiences, both good and bad, and tell what they learned from them.

Hillcrest records to be destroyed

September 23, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Students who received special education or speech language therapy while attending Hillcrest Schools in 2004 may pick up their files containing confidential information. All records will be destroyed on Oct. 16. This applies to students who have graduated, moved, dismissed or referred for special services. Files can be picked up from 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest High campus at Strawberry by contacting Peggy Sullivan at (870) 528-3856.

Southern Faith to perform

September 23, 2009 Calico Rock — The Calico Rock Music Hall will host local gospel group Southern Faith at 7 p.m. Saturday. The group consists of Pentecostal pastor, Wade Moser; his wife Taffy and daughter Harmony. Also joining the Mosers on stage will be Taffy’s mother, Katherine Smithson, who accompanies the group on the piano; Jerry Stowe, who plays guitar and bass, as well as sings; and J.C. Stowe, on drums. Admission is free, with donations taken midway through the performance.