Last class

May 15, 2009 CUSHMAN — The last Bulldogs are graduating tonight, and they’re going out with a bang.The 7 p.m. ceremony ends with a fireworks display.Valedictorian Kaisha Ferrell and honor graduates Jakki Tomlinson and Whitney Conyers have been at Cushman since kindergarten.

News of other days

May 14, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 28, 1996. 

Picklefest begins Friday

May 14, 2009 ATKINS — The 18th annual Picklefest will take place Friday and Saturday in downtown Atkins, according to a news release. The event has attracted 10,000 visitors since its inception.As always, pickle eating — including deep fried pickles — and pickle juice drinking contests will be highlights of the festival. Crafts and commercial vendors will be on hand to sell their wares. Entertainment will include musical performances on the main stage, an antique tractor pull, rodeo parade and games for kids and adults.

Squirt Race planned at Salem

May 14, 2009 SALEM — The Squirt Race is a popular event for kids at the Fulton County Homecoming Festival each year, according to a news release.The race is for ages 10 and under and there is a stroller division. This year’s race will be conducted by employees of North Arkansas HomeCare and is sponsored by Fulton County’s medical community. The race will be May 23 and will begin and end on the court square in Salem. The course for ages 8-10 is approximately one mile and for ages 7 and under is approximately one-half mile.

Ask a Master Gardener: About black spot on roses, apple trees, azaleas

May 14, 2009 Question: I am losing my rose bushes even though I spray them with a leaf spray. I was told to cut the plants back and remove all dead leaves from the plant or to pull the bush up and destroy it. I’m not the only one having this problem. I have good new growth and flowers, but when I see black spots I spray right away.I also sprayed when the plants started leafing out, but now I am losing my plants again. I take baking soda and dust the plants when they are damp, but I don’t know if that is doing any good. I need help.

Ozarka AAT graduates achieve success at Arkansas Tech

May 14, 2009 Melbourne — Ten graduates of Ozarka College’s associate of arts in teaching program successfully completed their student teaching experience during the spring semester as part of their curriculum to graduate from Arkansas Tech University with bachelor degrees in education. Ozarka College began an AAT degree program in 2002. Arkansas Tech agreed to deliver the upper-level courses via Internet, allowing students to stay in this area to obtain a four-year degree.

Calico Rock Museum to bridge past, future

May 14, 2009 CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum is moving forward, and it will build a bridge between the past and the future, organizers said.When permanently established the museum will be located in the Bluff City Bank Building, which also houses the chamber of commerce, Tourist Information Center and the Calico Rock Industrial Development Corporation office.The Calico Rock Museum will focus primarily on the history of Calico Rock from prehistoric dwellers to the time when the bridge opened across White River.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 14, 2009 Account opened for patientNEWARK — Debbie Acklin of Newark has recently been diagnosed with stage 4, metastatic, recurrent breast cancer. A Facebook page titled “Praying for Debbie Acklin” has been created for people to visit.Acklin has insurance, but even the co-pays and her percentage of the payments are already extremely high, according to her daughter, so a benefit account has been started for her at Citizens Bank, the Debbie Acklin Cancer Fund. Dog wash, dip planned

Area Briefs

May 14, 2009 Sulphur Rock cleanup setSULPHUR ROCK — The annual citywide cleanup at Sulphur Rock will take place Saturday, Mayor Kendall Batson said.“This is for residents, inside the city limits only,” he said. “They need to put their items at curbside.” Floodwaters close road

Coroner: Force likely killed 3 in tank blast

May 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three men killed when an empty gasoline storage tank exploded in north Arkansas likely died from the impact of the blast, a coroner said Wednesday.Federal safety officials began their investigation into the blast at the TEPPCO Partners LP facility near Searcy in earnest Wednesday, trying to determine what killed the contract workers from Indiana. Meanwhile, Arkansas officials acknowledged the tank fell outside of any state oversight and last underwent an internal inspection by federal authorities more than a decade ago.