Southside hires Stevens

June 26, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Cushman High School’s former principal will be Southside Middle School’s new one. At a special meeting Thursday night, the Southside school board voted to hire Dion Stevens to replace former middle school principal Joe Franks who resigned from the position earlier this month. In a 4-0 vote, with member Glenda Mueller absent, the board voted to hire Stevens following a 45-minute executive session that allowed board members to interview and ask the candidate their own questions.

Storyteller uses day care’s philosophy

June 26, 2009 To see a child playing a game on the computer is not that unusual. It might be when the child is barely big enough to sit in a chair and see over the keyboard.The Learning Center, located in west Batesville, is seeing some great results from its new curriculum, Reggio Emilia, owner Sherri Traw said.Recently, the students had a visit from “Granny Gertie,” portrayed by Patricia Carreras.

Mobley, library grant discussed at meeting

June 26, 2009 The Independence County Library qualifies for a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but Justice of the Peace Tony Thompson hasn’t heard whether the library is following up on the opportunity.Thompson informed the quorum court Budget Committee Tuesday evening to a June 14 letter he had sent to White River Regional Library Director Debra Sutterfield, who oversees the Independence County Library, about the Gates Foundation.

Cave City man found with 100 lbs. of pot in casket

June 26, 2009 DALLAS (AP) — A casket minus a cadaver yielded nearly 100 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop by Dallas police.William Dale Crock of Cave City, Ark., was jailed today on $100,000 bail on a marijuana possession charge, plus traffic and seat beat violations. Records had no listing for an attorney for Crock.Crock was arrested Wednesday when bundles of marijuana were discovered under the casket’s cover and pillow.Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse told The Associated Press that the van turned up during surveillance on a suspected drug house.

News of other days

June 25, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 9, 1996.

Honor Roll

June 25, 2009 MIDLAND — The students listed below made the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks of the 2008-09 school year at Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, according to Donna Clark, principal:Seventh: general — Shiloh Beck, Terri Biggers, Brian Bumpous, Evan Dunegan, Jessica Hertz, Katelyn Lewis, Erica Passmore, Ma Thoa, Brooke Williams, Julie YangEighth: general — Hunter Biram, Brittany Boswell, Jaycie Burrow, Bradley Cathey, Emily Coppens, Drew Fortson, Kayne Kirk, Cassie Passmore, Laken Power, Christian Sanchez, Lexie Wood

UACCB presents scholarships

June 25, 2009 Eight students have been awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.Briley Elizabeth Burdin graduated from Batesville High School. She is the daughter of Charles and Jana Burdin. She plans to pursue a degree in psychology.Jordan Burghart graduated from Batesville High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Kristi Burghart. She plans to pursue a degree in radiology.

Lunch at Elizabeth’s a ‘tradition’ in downtown Batesville

June 25, 2009 In a world where people eat lunch at their desks, in their cars, or not at all, the lunch experience has been seriously devalued. Fortunately, there are restaurants like Elizabeth’s Restaurant in Batesville that maintain the tradition of lunch as a time for camaraderie, conversation and even a calming, relaxing experience — something you just can’t get at the drive-through.

Service News

June 25, 2009 San Antonio — Army Pvt. Savannah L. Adkins has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.