Law targets teens

July 9, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A new age restriction for teenagers operating personal watercraft in Arkansas takes effect Friday, said Keith Stephens of the state Game and Fish Commission.“Rachel’s Law” raises the minimum age to 16 for individuals to legally operate a personal watercraft alone. The law is named after Rachel Rutherford, who died at age 15 in 2007 of injuries as the result of a personal watercraft accident on Lake Hamilton, Stephens said.

News of other days

July 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 19, 1996.

Whitten wins 4-H horse show title

July 8, 2009 ASH FLAT — Alex Whitten of the Ruff Riders 4-H Club of Sharp County was named Senior Northeast Region 4-H Horse Show Queen June 22 at the Arkansas State University Equine Center in Jonesboro.Whitten placed first in stock horse fillies and mares, first in Western riding, first in stake race, first in keyhole, second in senior showmanship, second in senior trail, third in senior Western pleasure, third in senior barrels, fourth in senior horsemanship and sixth in stock horse geldings.

Hot weather gardening tips offered by Master Gardeners

July 8, 2009 We now enter the fun months for gardening in Arkansas. Temperatures are heating up, natural rainfall can be hit and miss, and insects and diseases have found their foothold.Try to garden smart, working early in the day. Watering in the early daytime hours is also better — the foliage dries quicker, the moisture can work its way into the root profile before the heat stresses the plants, and we lose less water to evaporation.Cutting flowers for indoor bouquets and harvesting vegetables in the early part of the day can also improve their lasting power and flavor.

Civil War to take center stage in historic Helena

July 8, 2009 HELENA-WEST HELENA — In early 1861, the United States began falling apart. Many point the finger of blame toward slavery; others believe states’ rights to be the impetus. Regardless the catalyst, the next four years would be burdened with strife, death, discord and controversy. With an estimated 600,000 men losing their lives, the four-year episode marks the deadliest period in the history of the United States.

Fleeing, drug arrests made

July 8, 2009  Police made two early morning arrests today after one man reportedly fled from them on a four-wheeler and another was said to have been driving after huffing a household cleaning product.Around 12:40 a.m. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said he was on patrol on Camp Tahkodah Road when he met a four-wheeler that reportedly tried to flee from him by turning onto Gem Street at a high rate of speed and sliding sideways several times.

Ozarka celebrates nursing graduates

July 8, 2009 Melbourne — Practical nursing students in the Ozarka College Ash Flat and Mountain View 11-month programs were honored at recognition ceremonies on June 26 and 29.

Caverns offers photo tours

July 8, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Over 40 years ago, Blanchard Springs Caverns received national attention when the photographs of A.Y. Owens displayed the caverns’ awesome beauty on the pages of Life magazine, according to a news release. Life called Blanchard “one of the most extraordinary cave finds of the century.”

Area Briefs

July 8, 2009 State to receive $14M for ice storm recovery