Area Briefs

July 2, 2009 Fish fry dinner is FridayHUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — Hutchinson Mountain Community Center will have its fish fry and chicken dinner from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The center is at 3370 Camp Tahkodah Road.Prices are $8 per adults, $4 for children 11 and under. Drinks and dessert are included in the all-you-can-eat buffet. Characters rehearsing for upcoming play

AHPP will fund historic projects

July 2, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A church located in downtown Batesville has received a $18,656 grant for restoration efforts from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.AHPP, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, awarded $1.3 in grants for projects in 38 counties through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant, Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant and Main Street “Slipcover” Removal Grant programs.

Local offices closing

July 2, 2009 Several local, state and federal offices will close Friday and Saturday due to Independence Day but will resume normal service on Monday.All city offices will be closed, but all city garbage pickup scheduled for Friday will take place as usual. Water utilities that will be closed include Batesville, Southside Public Water Authority and Rock-Moore Water Association.

Lyon grad selected as new director of alumni services

July 2, 2009 Lyon College alumna Gina Block Garrett has been selected as the college’s new director of alumni services and development. Garrett begins the new position July 1. She graduated with a bachelor of arts from Lyon College in 1993 and has worked at the college for the past 14 years, most recently as the director of corporate and foundation relations.

Stimulus funds discussed

July 2, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School Board on Monday agreed to apply for state and federal approval for additional projects under the government’s economic stimulus program for schools, Superintendent Mike Davidson said.The additional proposals include new doors for high school and elementary buildings, new ceiling tile for elementary and high school, covered walkways at the high school, new carpet and floor tile in some areas, painting, installation of a new phone line in the elementary school and some new sidewalks.

‘Paper girl’ enjoys job

July 2, 2009 Katie Cummins doesn’t stand on a corner with a stack of newspapers, yelling “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” However, she does make sure more than 100 subscribers get their daily news and, yes, she has been called the “paper girl.” Sixteen-year-old Cummins has been the Batesville Daily Guard’s downtown news carrier for more than three months. And, while it’s something usually thought of as a boy’s job, Cummins, like many of the Guard’s female carriers, has broken that stereotype.

Lyon music professor conducts in Romania

July 2, 2009 Dr. Joel Plaag, choral director and band director at Lyon, is conducting the Philarmonia Orchestra of Bacau, Romania, June 19 as part of the ninth annual International Institute for Conductors, according to a news release.After submitting a resume and video of his orchestral conducting, he was accepted into the institute. He is the only conductor from Arkansas, and one of only a handful from the United States. Other conductors at the institute are from Canada, Australia, Singapore and Romania.

News of other days

July 1, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 15, 1996.

Calico Rock chamber lists canoe, kayak race winners

July 1, 2009 CALICO ROCK — An Olympic kayaker was among the contestants in Saturday’s kayak and canoe races, sponsored by the Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce.Mike Herbert has competed in three Summer Olympics: 1988 in Seoul, Korea; 1992 in Barcelona; and 1996 in Atlanta.