Students find poverty, joy on trip to Africa

July 16, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — They came face to face with sharks, walked with lions, danced with children and learned about apartheid.That’s how Midland High School students Kelby Jones, Meagan Martin, Niki Pulliam and Danae Sellers spent part of their summer.They all agreed: South Africa was a life-changing, learning experience.

Armed robbers hit Westside residence

July 16, 2009 Armed with pistols and looking for money, two men reportedly entered a home at 502 Ferrell St. Wednesday night and forced the six people who lived there to put their hands behind their heads and get on the floor.The robbers then reportedly took $2,190 in cash from Rigoberto Gutierrez, Minixi Esquillin, Daniel Contreras, Carlos Diaz Pizarro, Ralph Valenzuela and Sampson Perez. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said the men, who are all listed as U.S. citizens, and an interpreter came to the sheriff’s office around 10:20 p.m. to report the incident.

News of other days

July 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 26, 1996.

Ask a Master Gardener: About petunias, tomatoes

July 15, 2009 Question: I am having a problem with my petunias. I water them and add fertilizer, but no matter what I do, they die. I see others who have no problem in growing petunias, so what am I doing wrong?Answer: There are several tips that may help. Use a 5-10-5 fertilizer loosely scattered over the soil just after the first flush of blooms. Then cut the plants back in mid-season when they begin to get leggy. They should put on new growth that will bloom again for you.

Agent discusses dealing with common July gardening problems

July 15, 2009 Some common July garden problems include the following:Squash bugs: The squash bug is one of the most troublesome pests attacking squash.  Both nymphs and adults suck sap from the leaves and stems of cucurbits.This can be mistaken for cucurbit bacterial wilt. After wilting, vines and leaves turn black and crisp, and become brittle. Small plants may be killed entirely, while larger plants may have several runners affected.

Grant to help pay for bucket truck

July 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County will be getting a bucket truck.The quorum court voted unanimously, with one member absent, Monday to accept a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of $20,000 to help pay for the truck. That money is to come from federal stimulus funds.The grant will pay up to 30 percent of the cost of the truck. If the truck costs less than $60,000, the amount of the grant will be reduced accordingly.The percentage differs from the 20 percent that had previously been announced, but County Judge Larry Brown said 30 percent is the correct figure.

Family and Friends Briefs

July 15, 2009 Brad Mount to performMOUNT PLEASANT — Brad Mount, country gospel artist from Monterey, La., will be in concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church.Mount performs a blend of traditional and country gospel.The Country Gospel Music Guild awarded his Walking by Faith Ministries the 2004 Ministry on the Move Award.Admission is free. Donations will go to support the Walking by Faith Ministry. 

Garden cemeteries mix history, horticulture

July 15, 2009 Part history, part horticulture. That’s the allure of thousands of garden cemeteries across America that were designed to serve the spiritual needs of the living as well as keep alive memories of the dead.Mixing monuments with attractive landscapes, they may include ponds, walkways, woodlands and wildlife. Family plots encircled by ironwork rest snugly against paupers’ graves. Old brick walls are covered by colorful vines and climbing roses.

Area Briefs

July 15, 2009 Optimists to talk about auctionThe Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse. Chris Black and Clay Mitchell will give a report on the International Convention held in Orlando and plans will be finalized for the radio/TV auction to be held July 30.All members and anyone interested in learning more about the club are encouraged to attend.For more information about Optimists, visit the Web site at 

NCARED board adopts Naturally Ozark logo

July 15, 2009 Salem — Soon, area residents in eight counties may be seeing more of the Naturally Ozark moniker adopted by the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development.The board met earlier this month and took two actions aimed directly at the region’s creative economy sector. In support of the regional “branding” initiative under which the board had previously adopted, a “Naturally Ozark” logo was approved to graphically represent the name.