Colleges implementing security measures

April 3, 2009 In August 1966, a sniper terrorized the University of Texas from a clock tower. In 2002, a failing University of Arizona student fatally shot three nursing instructors, then himself. Two years ago, a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech before turning the gun on himself, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history.And in Arkansas, two were killed and a third wounded at the University of Central Arkansas last October, and on Feb. 27, 2008, a man was shot and wounded at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

News of other days

April 2, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 15, 1996. 

Foul-mouthed driver arrested

April 2, 2009 Claiming police were harassing her because of her husband, who is wanted by local authorities, a Magness woman went to jail Saturday night after she reportedly became disorderly and cursed officers.Deputy David Sallas said he went to 20 Padget Island Drive around 10:50 p.m. to serve a warrant.According to Sallas, there was a car in the driveway, but he couldn’t get anyone to answer the door so he left. But before he got out of sight of the residence, he noticed the car driving away.

Book store to host signing

April 2, 2009 HARDY — Author Amy Driesel and book illustrator Sanford Pass will hold the premiere signing of her new full color children’s book, “Why Gretchen Can’t Spell” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Words Bookstore in Hardy.The book is set to officially release in mid-April, but Words Bookstore is hosting an advance release with the signing.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 2, 2009 Air field to have reunionWALNUT RIDGE — The Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum in Walnut Ridge will host the 11th Annual Air Field Reunion on Friday and Saturday, honoring those who worked and trained at the facility during World War II. Activities include museum and airfield tours, movies from the era, a memorial service, a benefit auction and much more. For more information, visit or call the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School at 1-800-584-5575. Cup stacking champs named

Club News

April 2, 2009 Diamond T 4-H ClubTHIDA — The last two months the Diamond T 4-H Club kids have been very busy in the community and participating in county 4-H activities.The club had 11 members who wrote, made props and performed a skit during the Share the Fun competition. They received third place with “Our 4-H Projects,” which had a “Hee Haw” twist. Keely Reynolds, Shelby Reynolds, Bailey Reynolds and Summer Wortham did the skit and also sang in the vocal contest.

Area Briefs

April 2, 2009 Rose sale to be SaturdayThe Citizens Bank Relay for Life Team will hold a rose sale Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. in the front parking lot of the Main Bank at Third Street and College Avenue in Batesville. There will be a variety of rose bushes and Knockout Roses for sale. In conjunction with the rose sale, The Citizens Bank Grill will be there to sell hamburgers, hot dogs and the trimmings. The meal is a $5 minimum donation. All proceeds from this event will go to the American Cancer Society. 

TV, car reported stolen to authorities

April 2, 2009 Local authorities are investigating the theft of a 42-inch Phillips flat screen television from a residence on Dry Run Circle.Columbus Robinson said the TV was taken from his home sometime between midnight Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday.“Robinson said when he arrived home he noticed that his front door had been forced open and his TV missing from the front room,” Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said.According to Robinson, the room had also been rummaged through, but nothing else could be found missing and no suspect was listed.

Folk Festival set for April 17-19

April 2, 2009 Mountain View — The return of impromptu musical gatherings on the courthouse square signals springtime in Mountain View, and time for the 46th annual Arkansas Folk Festival, according to a news release.Admission is free to the festival, set for April 17-19.