Melbourne continues ‘Tree City’

August 11, 2009 Melbourne — The city of Melbourne has been designated a “Tree City USA” community for the third year in a row, according to a news release. The award recognizes a high level of tree care in Tree City USA communities. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Sew With Cotton announced

August 11, 2009 The 2009 Independence County Sew With Cotton Contest will be Oct. 5.Contestants may enter one of the following categories: Cotton Dressy, Cotton Sportswear and Cotton Suit. The contestant must construct entire garment of 100-percent cotton and must model the garment. However, there is a Special category for those who wish to construct an outfit for someone else and have them model it. For a complete copy of the rules, call the Independence County Cooperative Extension Office at (870) 793-8840.

Batesville woman earns degree

August 11, 2009 FULTON, Mo. — Elizabeth Louise Arnold of Batesville graduated in May from William Woods University with a bachelor of science.Arnold is the daughter of Blair and Paulette Arnold of Batesville and a 2005 graduate of Batesville High School. She majored in communications, with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in sociology.During what was William Woods University’s largest graduation weekend to date, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, spoke at the undergraduate commencement May 9.

Art show calls for artists

August 11, 2009 HARDY — The Spring River Artist Guild is calling for artists to participate in its annual art show. The 2009 Spring River Artists Guild Art Show will be hung for viewing at the Spring River Gallery, 112B Main St. in Hardy, from Oct. 16-25.Artists over age 18 may submit as many as three entries into the juried show. Acceptance of works will be at the discretion of the Art Show Committee. Work must be delivered on Oct. 9 or 10.

Lafferty to host homecoming

August 11, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — Lafferty Community Church near Mount Pleasant will have its annual homecoming Sunday.Billy Brooks will conduct the morning services beginning at 11. A potluck will be served at noon, and there will be special singing in the afternoon.The event is open to the public.

Youths place in 4-H event

August 11, 2009 Several Independence County 4-H’ers competed in the 2009 Regional 4-H O-Rama held in Jonesboro in June. Winners were: JuniorsFirst place — Cheyenne Gilliam, Animal Science; Christina Okolo, Entomology Talk; Cheyenne Reed, Ornamental Horticulture; Davis Campbell, Human Development; Nicole Ursin, Forestry;

Cave City registration set

August 11, 2009 CAVE CITY — Registration for middle school students at Cave City will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the middle school office, Superintendent Steve Green said.Fifth- and sixth-grade students should register Wednesday, while seventh- and eighth-grade students are to register Thursday.“They can pick up their schedules and rent their lockers,” Green said.

Civil War group to meet

August 11, 2009 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Mary Cooper Miller will present a program entitled “Refugees During the War.”

Judge handling W. Memphis slayings case won’t quit

August 11, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Lawyers for two of the three men convicted of killing three West Memphis 8-year-olds in 1993 asked Circuit Judge David Burnett to step aside from the case Monday, citing his announced plans to seek a state Senate seat.Burnett denied the motion.The judge is presiding over a hearing on claims by Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley that they weren’t adequately represented by their trial attorneys.

Guard to host open house Friday afternoon

August 11, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard will host a Customer Appreciation Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the newspaper office, 258 W. Main St. in downtown Batesville.Refreshments will be served.Also, the Guard is running a 15-percent off coupon in this Thursday’s Customer Appreciation special section.“This is our way to show our customers our thanks, and we hope everyone will stop by and visit with our staff,” said Pat Jones, general manager of the Batesville Daily Guard.———www.guardonline.com