Odyssey team competes at world finals at Iowa State

June 19, 2009 Seven middle-school students from Eagle Mountain Magnet have spent much of their free time over the past several months working on a skit based on “The Wizard of Oz” and the work has paid off.The Odyssey of the Mind team placed first at state competition, then went on to place 21st in its category at the 2009 World Finals held May 27-30 at Iowa State University.

Four arrested during search

June 19, 2009 Four people were arrested, including a woman hiding under a pile of clothes in a closet, Tuesday evening on drug and gun charges following a probation home visit.Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said around 3 p.m. he and Cpl. Wayne Green assisted probation officer Jimmy Moore in conducting a residential visit at the home of 18-year-old Kalob West at 225 Community Drive.West was given a portable breath test and reportedly registered .008 per cent, but West claimed he had not been drinking, but had just brushed his teeth, according to Friar.

Date set to ‘buckle up’

June 19, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Beginning June 30, Arkansas’ seat belt law changes to permit a law enforcement traffic stop based on the primary violation of a motor vehicle driver or front-seat passenger who is not buckled-up. Arkansas becomes the 27th state to enact primary seat belt legislation.Presently Arkansas law enforcement officers may only cite a seat belt violation as a secondary offense. In other words, the traffic stop has to be initiated based on a separate primary violation such as speeding, failure to yield or driving while intoxicated.

Death of Locust Grove man believed natural

June 19, 2009 Foul play isn’t suspected in the death of a Locust Grove man whose body was found in his home by a neighbor Thursday afternoon, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.However, due to a possible history of family violence the body of 52-year-old Billy Williamson, of 770 Mountain View Road, is being sent to the state crime lab for exact cause of death, Bittle said.

News of other days

June 18, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 1, 1996.

College Brief

June 18, 2009 George accepts UACCB fundSummer George has been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.George graduated from Batesville High School. She is the daughter of Ann Heathwaite. She plans to pursue a degree in history and drama.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.

Honor Rolls

June 18, 2009 Cedar Ridge Junior and Senior High SchoolNEWARK — The students listed below made the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks of the 2008-09 school year at Cedar Ridge Junior and Senior High School in Newark, according to a news release:

Entergy savings tips listed

June 18, 2009 As summer heat rapidly approaches, Entergy Arkansas Inc. has unveiled a new Web site designed to answer commonly asked questions about electricity and to offer helpful tips to lower monthly energy bills during the hot, summer months, according to a news release.EntergyAnswers.com offers tips that can help customers lower their monthly energy bills.

Jacksonport State Park schedules activities

June 18, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Friday 6:30 p.m., campground — Pearling and Shelling Industry. White River pearling was a big industry in Jacksonport at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors will see the equipment used by divers and learn how the shells were used. Saturday

Insurance bought, staff changes made

June 18, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board accepted a bid of $86,255 Monday for insurance for property, vehicles and mobile equipment for the 2009-10 term, Superintendent Steven Green said.Some personnel changes were also made.Sarah Musick was hired as an aide in the middle school, Jon Patterson was hired as a bus driver and Carrie Barnett was hired as a third-grade teacher on a one-year contract. Barnett’s contract renewal will be based upon sprng 2010 enrollment and project enrollment.