Change affects Concord

May 21, 2009 CONCORD — Upcoming changes in the Cleburne County court system may cost the city of Concord about $5,000, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The city council discussed the changes during a regular meeting Monday.“Cleburne County is going to a district court system,” making the city court obsolete, Pettit said.Computer software will cost approximately $4,500 and a new computer may also have to be purchased, since the software may not be compatible with the old one, she said.“The court has to be in place by July 1,” Pettit said.

Mom charged

May 21, 2009 ASH FLAT — A Cherokee Village woman was arrested about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday on three felony warrants from a Trumann court.Sharp County sheriff’s detectives Mark Counts and Ken Guidry arrested 22-year-old Crystal Williams at 218 Cherokee Road for allegedly allowing a five-week-old baby to ingest liquid morphine on May 4.About 3 that afternoon, Williams and her husband, Robert Williams, took the baby to the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, where it was treated for an overdose. The infant was then transferred to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

News of other days

May 20, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 3, 1996. 

Fraser wins scholarship

May 20, 2009 Jacy Fraser has been awarded the Independence County Farm Bureau James Isaacs Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for the 2009-10 school year, according to a news release.Fraser is a 2009 graduate of Cedar Ridge High School and the daughter of Jay and Lougean Fraser of Cord.She will be attending the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville to begin her pursuit of a veterinarian degree.

Ask a Master Gardener: Well-known weed makes salads, wine, more

May 20, 2009 Do you know which common weed has all of these nicknames: Time-table, Iris daisy, Fortune-teller, Piss-in-bed, Blow-ball or Priest’s crown?This is a very common weed that you all know, but it is not native to this continent. Perhaps, if I give you the French name, you will recognize it ... Dents de lion. (It gets that name from the foliage that reminded the French of lion’s teeth.)Yes, it is the cheerful yellow flower you see everywhere at this time of year, yet it is welcomed by few. It is the dandelion.

Prevention meds keep this disease under control

May 20, 2009 Anaplasmosis was a common issue among cattle producers last year. Also called anaplas, anaplasmosis is a cattle disease transmitted by blood-sucking insects.Outbreaks generally occur in late summer and early fall, and the severity of this disease is generally related to the age of the animal with older cattle being more susceptible. Producers who have experienced anaplas in their herd should consider using some preventative measures.

Batesville High School to graduate Friday

May 20, 2009 Graduation for Batesville High School will begin at 8 p.m. Friday in the Batesville High School Pioneer Stadium. (In case of rain, the event will be moved to Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.)Co-valedictorians are Clare Brown, Preston Caldwell, Grant McChesney and Jon-Michael Poff. Salutatorian is Megan Holifield.Sulphur Rock valedictorian is Leea Crabtree, and salutatorian is Elizabeth Callahan.

Church to hold homecoming

May 20, 2009 SIDNEY — Sidney Baptist Church will hold its annual homecoming Sunday.The worship service begins at 11 a.m. There will be a regular worship service with some special music. At noon there will be a potluck meal, followed by a program with music.The event is open to the public, especially anyone who has lived in Sidney or attended the Sidney Baptist Church in the past.

Jacksonport to present living history characters

May 20, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some may charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail are as follows:Friday

Memorial services slated

May 20, 2009 Two area cemeteries have planned memorial services for Sunday.Pleasant Valley Cemetery will begin its services at 1 p.m. with a message by Kenny Tharp. Music will be provided by members of his church and by Charlie Brooks, the McCance Sisters, Lennie Lee and Steve and Shari Gunther and singers from their church. There will be a short business meeting for the cemetery after the service. Pleasant Valley Cemetery is located three miles south of Cushman on Highway 69.Also, Alderbrook Cemetery in Desha gets under way at 2. The service is open to the public.