Intersection to get lights

April 14, 2009 NEWARK — A Newark intersection that claimed the lives of four people in 2008 is set to receive new safety measures from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, according to Dan Flowers, department director.In a recent press release, Flowers said a crash analysis was completed at the intersection of Highway 69 and Highway 122 near Newark and it was determined that safety enhancements are warranted for the intersection.

Coroner appointed

April 14, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — David Lackey, appointed Cleburne County coroner by the local quorum court Monday night, said this morning he sought the position because he feels citizens who want change should step up to the plate and do their duty.“I feel like the county, the people of the county, were ready for something different,” he said.

News of other days

April 13, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 24, 1996. 

Colleges Briefs

April 13, 2009 Area students receive funding from LyonA number of area students have been accepted for admission to Lyon College and have been awarded various scholarships, according to a news release from the college.Megan Holifield, a Batesville High School student, received the Anderson scholarship valued at $19,034 per year. She is the daughter of Dr. Paul and Karen Holifield of Batesville.

CASA gets new director, plans rummage sale

April 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — Amber Jines is the new director of volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Sharp County, one of three counties in the Third Judicial District. According to a news release, Jines is no stranger to the court system, having worked as an evidence technologist in Little Rock for nine years. As an evidence tech she worked with inanimate objects related to the court cases. As the volunteer coordinator, she works with the volunteers, children in the child welfare system and their families.

Area Briefs

April 13, 2009 City council to discuss  historic properties

Emergency programs to receive funding

April 13, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Independence County will receive nearly $12,000 for its Emergency Food and Shelter Program, according to a news release from U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Representatives Marion Berry, Vic Snyder and Mike Ross.

Johnson to speak

April 13, 2009 Melbourne — The 2009 Ozarka College commencement will take place at 7 p.m. May 14 in the John E. Miller Auditorium.For those students graduating, practice will be held in the auditorium at 2 p.m. May 7. Graduates will meet in the Lecture Hall at 6 on the night of commencement. Caps and gowns may be picked up May 4-14 at the Ozarka College Bookstore.A photographer will be available in the Conference Room of the John E. Miller Education Complex prior to graduation from 5-6:30 p.m. as well as after the ceremony.

Almost $1,000 worth of marijuana found

April 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — A man picking up trash east of Cave City found almost $1,000 worth of processed marijuana in a ditch.Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said if sold in small increments, the marijuana has an estimated street value of $960.Benjamin Karns, a member of the Coalition for the Future of Sharp County, was picking up trash recently on one mile of Cougar Road and counting the number of beer cans and other alcohol-related containers he found when he saw the marijuana packaged in a clear, resealable plastic bag.