Lyon music professor conducts in Romania

July 2, 2009 Dr. Joel Plaag, choral director and band director at Lyon, is conducting the Philarmonia Orchestra of Bacau, Romania, June 19 as part of the ninth annual International Institute for Conductors, according to a news release.After submitting a resume and video of his orchestral conducting, he was accepted into the institute. He is the only conductor from Arkansas, and one of only a handful from the United States. Other conductors at the institute are from Canada, Australia, Singapore and Romania.

News of other days

July 1, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 15, 1996.

Calico Rock chamber lists canoe, kayak race winners

July 1, 2009 CALICO ROCK — An Olympic kayaker was among the contestants in Saturday’s kayak and canoe races, sponsored by the Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce.Mike Herbert has competed in three Summer Olympics: 1988 in Seoul, Korea; 1992 in Barcelona; and 1996 in Atlanta.

Bigger Burger burglarized

July 1, 2009 E & B Bigger Burger was burglarized early Monday morning, but it’s not known whether anything was taken, according to Deputy Ernie Gillihan with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Gillihan and Deputy Ben Keener responded to an alarm call at the business on North Central Avenue around 3:20 a.m. to find the glass in the back door of the business had been broken.After assistance arrived, Gillihan said the building was searched and no one was found inside, but the cash register had been thrown to the floor and damaged.

Ask a Master Gardener: About blackberries, damaged rose bushes

July 1, 2009 Question: We are having some problems with our blackberries. Some of the berries have white or gray spots and others are not filled out as they should be. What is causing this and how can we avoid having it happen again next year?Answer: This is not likely to be a disease causing this problem. It is probably caused by insects drilling into the berries. This has been a bad year for insects of all sorts.

ETS students take part in obstacle course

July 1, 2009 On June 8 the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program took five Cave City students to the 4-H Center in Ferndale for a three-night, two-day POWER (Possession of Wisdom Earns Rewards) camp. Jamie Hendley, Brianna Reynolds, Frank Boyd, Nathan Ayers and Lucas Barber participated in two programs, RES-Q and ExCEL. The RES-Q program allowed participants to experience fishing, archery, rock wall climbing and nature photography.

Man in critical condition after saving dad from fire

July 1, 2009 GRISWOLD, Conn. (AP) — A 20-year-old eastern Connecticut man who family members say has saved his father’s life twice in the past year is in critical condition from burns suffered when he pulled his dad out of a burning home.Officials say Kyle Landa, of Griswold, saved his quadriplegic father’s life by dragging him out of bed during the weekend while the family home was burning.

Couple to renew wedding vows

July 1, 2009 CAVE CITY — Larry and Freida Turney will renew their wedding vows to celebrate their 40th anniversary.The event will be 7 p.m. Friday at Faith Taberacle Church, 329 Curia Creek Lane, Cave City. All relatives and friends are invited.

Activities to feature Civil War weapons

July 1, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail are as follows:Friday