Sharp Co. coroner appointed

April 17, 2009 ASH FLAT — Renee Clay-Circle was appointed Sharp County coroner during a special meeting of the county’s quorum court Thursday, County Judge Larry Brown said.Clay-Circle replaces Randy McComas, who died April 8.“She’s agreed to serve out the remainder of the term at no cost to the county,” Brown said. “Before the appointment, she was chief deputy coroner and has been to training at the state crime lab.”McComas and Clay-Circle were partners in funeral home businesses in Highland, Cave City and Batesville.

Canoe, kayak race slated

April 17, 2009 Local residents who have $10, a friend and a canoe or kayak, are invited to participate in the second annual Spring Time Sprint Canoe Race on the White River, April 25, according to a press release from George Latus.The annual event, sponsored by the Independence County Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew #320, is designed to encourage area canoeing and kayak enthusiasts to test their skills, according to Latus who serves as crew advisor.

Investigator to recreate fatal scene

April 17, 2009 Thursday morning, Jimmy Jackson was laughing and joking with his co-workers. He enjoyed his job working for the county, and when there was a job to do, he’d do it.No one had any idea that would be the last morning Jackson would report for work.He was killed Thursday morning while working on a chipping crew on Gainesboro Road, just a few miles from where he lived.It was around 8 a.m. that Jackson was hit by a northbound 2003 Ford pickup, driven by 21-year-old David Benson of Tuckerman, police said.

Field named after couple

April 17, 2009 The Lyon College softball team’s new home is going to be called a “House.”Lyon has announced that the newly-constructed softball field on campus will be named “Howard and Mary House Field” in honor of long-time friends of the college, Howard and Mary House.“Howard and Mary House were among the first to greet Peggy and me when we moved to Batesville,” Lyon President Walter Roettger said. “They’ve been great friends of the college and vigorous cheerleaders.

Former professor named president

April 17, 2009 Dr. Donald V. Weatherman left Lyon College 10 years ago as a professor of political philosophy. He will return in July as the 17th president of the college.The Lyon College Board of Trustees approved Weatherman’s nomination as the next president of Lyon at its spring meeting today. He will succeed Dr. Walter B. Roettger, who is retiring in June after 11 years as the college’s president.

Students, teacher selected for June 2 safari

April 17, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — An orphanage, a drumming circle and a prison that once housed Nelson Mandela will be among the places visited by four Midland High School students and a teacher that have been chosen for a 12-day, all-expenses-paid learning experience in South Africa. They leave June 2.Students learned who would be going last week when the names were called at assembly Thursday morning.

News of other days

April 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 29, 1996. 

Ozarka sets child care training

April 16, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College will offer a free course in child care orientation training (CCOT) in May at the main campus in Melbourne.  This program is recommended for childcare personnel with little or no training in a child care setting. Graduates from the CCOT course are also eligible to apply for Child Development scholarships applicable for further training offered by Ozarka College.

Citizens TEA’d off: Tax rally held

April 16, 2009 With banners waving and tea bags used as decorations, local organizers held an area TEA Party rally in Batesville on national Tax Day.More than 150 citizens from the Batesville area held an organized rally on Wednesday at the corner of Harrison and 20th streets in the parking lot of Fitzhugh Park. The Taxed Enough Already party is part of a national grass-roots nonpartisan movement to peaceably protest the federal government’s trillions of dollars deficit spending.

SCV celebrates Confederate heritage

April 16, 2009 Little Rock — The Sons of Confederate Veterans observed its annual Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day on Saturday at the Arkansas State Capitol.The SCV along with the United Daughters of the Confederacy and re-enactors from across Arkansas stood shoulder to shoulder as members of these organization read the names of the Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War and soldiers that moved to Arkansas after the war and were buried in Arkansas. As they called out the names of the honored dead they rang a bell of memory for each name read.