Rajun Cajun fundraiser set for Saturday

May 26, 2009 CONCORD — The Junior Auxiliary of Independence County’s sixth annual Rajun Cajun fundraiser will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Chimney Rock Cattle Co. in Concord.Events will include karaoke and a disc jockey as well as Cajun food prepared by Charlie VanBenschoten from Louisiana. All proceeds will go to help the children of the community, a news release states.

Smith, Releford to perform at June 13 boxing event

May 26, 2009 On June 13 former Mixed Martial Arts star Pat Smith will challenge Bad Boy Mowers fighter Kendrick Releford to a boxing event in Batesville.Brandon Foster, one of the event’s organizers, said Releford is preparing to “put an end to ex-MMA start Pat Smith’s boxing days.”Smith, who has fought the likes of Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie, and has recently defeated Butterbean will take an eight round-boxing match against Releford.

Searchers find body

May 26, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy swept away by flash floodwaters early Monday morning, one of three deaths blamed on rains this weekend, authorities said.Meanwhile, forecasters with the National Weather Service at North Little Rock said May has been one of the wettest on record and the possibility remains that the state could get even more rain.

Stone County breaks ground for hospital

May 26, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Stone County Medical Center held the groundbreaking Wednesday for the construction of the hospital in Mountain View. The new facility will replace the portion of the hospital destroyed by the February 2008 tornado.Pedro Garza, regional director for the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development, was the keynote speaker. Garza pointed out the importance of health care to communities and discussed the EDA’s mission of community and economic development.

News of other days

May 22, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 5, 1996. 

College Briefs

May 22, 2009 Kiwanis awards threeThe Batesville Kiwanis Club has presented Natasha Matthews, Summer George and Ashley Grantz with $1,000 each in Key Club scholarships. Matthews, a 2009 Southside High School graduate, received the Kimberly Moore Memorial Key Club Scholarship.George, a Batesville High School graduate, earned the C. Kellar Crosby Memorial Key Club Scholarship.Grantz, a Midland High School graduate, took the Midland Key Club Scholarship.The young ladies were recognized at the Kiwanis Club meeting on May 15.

Digging for worms is ‘half the fun’

May 22, 2009 In the long-dead decade of the 1950s, I was a mop-headed kid whose favorite thing in the whole wide world was bream fishing. Luckily, my Dad liked to fish almost as much as his son did, and we went more weekends than not.During the week, when Mom and Dad were at work and kids like me were pretty much left to their own devices, I fished practically every day. The unruly mob of fellow mop-heads I ran with and I would ride our bicycles to the many reservoirs and irrigation canals that laced the countryside near the small town where we lived.

Turner, Walker win event

May 22, 2009 CAVE CITY — With 10.25 pounds of bass, Shawn Walker and James Turner were winners of Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Greers Ferry Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.Walker and Turner also won the big bass pot with a 3.2-pound fish.Tracy Hunter and Michael Holt weighed in 9.7 pounds to place second.Third place ended in a tie. Mark Owens and Micah Beard had 9.05 pounds, and so did the team of Keith Lawrence and Danny Matthews.Seventeen boats were in the tournament and 103.6 pounds of fish were caught by the 31 participants.

Children turn the pages of the world

May 22, 2009 Sandy Malone’s third-graders think the world of a new book in their classroom.It’s called “Our Changing World” and was written and illustrated by the class of 8- and 9-year-olds at West Magnet Visual & Performing Arts.The class wrote about natural changes, changes people make and changes in people, then it was published for free by Nationwide Learning Inc. Each edition is hardbound with 52 pages of written words and full-color drawings by the students.Jacob England wrote about his fear of swimming and how he faced that fear.