Club News

May 22, 2009 Cave City EHCCAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met on May 18 at the Cave City Community Center.President Judy Breckenridge called the meeting to order and the group sang “America.” “Words To Live By” were read by Rosanne Stitcher. Roll call was “Do you know your LDL level?” Seven members were present. The minutes and treasurer’s report were presented and accepted.The Cave City Club was hostess club for the Sharp County Extension Homemakers Council meeting that was held on May 8.

Ozarka College presents diplomas to graduates

May 22, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College graduates and their guests filled the John E. Miller Auditorium for 2009 graduation ceremonies May 7.The ceremony began with an invocation given by Dr. Wright Pillow of Mountain View. Ozarka College interim President Tina Wheelis welcomed everyone and introduced members of the Ozarka Board of Trustees, Foundation board members, Ozarka’s Administrative team, and other dignitaries who were present for the ceremony.

Area Briefs

May 22, 2009 Melbourne author publishes second Fisherman Jack book

Jonesboro soldier dies in Baghdad

May 22, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — An Army medic from Jonesboro serving in Baghdad was among three American soldiers killed Thursday when a bomb was set off in a vehicle at an outdoor market, his family said.Paul Faris Brooks, 35, was on his second tour in Iraq, according to his mother, Barbara Brooks.She said a military chaplain and sergeant arrived at her home around 4 p.m. Thursday to notify the family of the death.The blast occurred in Baghdad’s southern Dora district, where a bomb exploded near an American foot patrol, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Fair adds new features to this year’s schedule

May 22, 2009 A new carnival, a Veterans Appreciation Day and a School Day/Kid’s Day are some of the new features for the 2009 Independence County Fair.The fair will be July 21-25, and general fair information, schedule of events and contact persons may be obtained from the fair’s Web site, evening’s entertainment will begin at 8 at the pavilion. This year the fair will feature Michael Peterson, Randy Houser and Ronnie McDowell, all country artists, and a variety show with a new group, Florida Boys.

Local growers high on tunnel

May 22, 2009 CAVE CITY — When Walase White planted her tomatoes, she hoped to have big, ripe ones by Memorial Day.By May 7, she and her husband Cecil had green tomatoes three inches in diameter in their “high tunnel.”By Thursday, those tomatoes were even bigger — and retail vendors from West Plains, Mo., and Batesville showed up at their farm just north of Cave City to buy them for customers who want fried green tomatoes.Technically, though, Walase reached her goal.

News of other days

May 21, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 4, 1996. 

Jennings named Izard Farm Family

May 21, 2009 BAND MILL — Watching a hay field transform into a freshly cut pasture is work Debbie Jennings can’t help but feel proud of even after spending a long and tiring day bush hogging.“It’s rewarding looking back and seeing what you have accomplished,” she said.Debbie gets the same feeling when thinking back to three decades spent working cattle, tending to chicken houses, grass and timber, and raising a family on the farm she and husband Joe call home.

From boy-next-door audition to Idol title: Allen’s journey

May 21, 2009 LOS ANGELES — Not much has changed about Kris Allen since his mostly forgettable “American Idol” audition.Well, except for the winning-it-all part.When the 23-year-old college student from Conway first auditioned with Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” in Louisville, Ky., he seemed nothing more than a boy-next-door “Idol” hopeful, lacking the instant juggernaut feel of showy 27-year-old runner-up Adam Lambert or even plucky 17-year-old spark plug Allison Iraheta.

Conway’s Kris Allen wins ‘Idol’

May 21, 2009 LOS ANGELES — Kris Allen beamed with disbelief, shook his head as if to reject that this was really happening and struggled to find words.The fact that he’d just beaten rollicking vocal powerhouse Adam Lambert for the “American Idol” title wasn’t going to sink in quickly for the unassuming underdog from Arkansas. The only downside to this stunning victory: He’d have to sing “No Boundaries” one more time.