Ozarka culinary students earn awards at SkillsUSA

May 13, 2009 Melbourne — Nine students from the Culinary Arts Program at Ozarka College competed recently against students from other state vocational-technical institutes and colleges in the 43rd annual Arkansas Association of SkillsUSA 2009 Championship Conference, held at the Hot Springs Convention Center on April 13-15.Ozarka had three students winning medals this year in the competition. Shane Lively of Calico Rock won the Gold Medal in Culinary Arts, Karen Brown of Batesville won Bronze in Commercial Baking and Jacob Conley of Cherokee Village won Bronze in Dining Room Service.

Board discusses stimulus, potential projects

May 13, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Those who visit Southside School’s Web site will one day be able to see how the school is using government stimulus funding and where the money is going, Superintendent Dan Foley said.On Monday night, however, the school board discussed how the district could use the money, also known as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, to benefit the school.

Area Briefs

May 13, 2009 Sleepy driver gets ticketA Batesville man was ticketed for no driver’s license after he fell asleep and wrecked his truck early Monday morning, according to local authorities.Julio A. Berdeja-Salus told Deputy Dee McFatter that he was on his way home around 6:20 a.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel of his 1996 Chevrolet truck.

Local dog finalist in valor awards

May 13, 2009 WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce that both a Batesville dog and a Clarkridge dog have been named top 15 Finalists in the Second Annual Dogs of Valor Awards, sponsored by PetPlan Pet Insurance.In March 2008, Tripod, a rescued rat terrier, awakened her elderly and disabled owners, John and Mary Smith, as fire spread through their Batesville home, igniting the covers on their bed.

House burns, fire truck overturns

May 13, 2009 MELBOURNE — Saturday morning around 8:30 when the call came of a house fire on Newburg Road, the Melbourne Fire Department responded.This time, the department had a small emergency of its own when the rain-soaked ground caused one of three fire trucks to overturn about a mile from where the house was engulfed in flames.Fire Chief Rusty Campbell said Sam Holt was driving the 1989 Pierce ladder truck when he met a vehicle on the narrow road and pulled to the side.

Officers seek public’s help in homicides

May 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Police has released a photograph of the black Ford Expedition found Saturday morning next to the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 between Burns Park and Crystal Hill Road. Inside the sports utility vehicle state troopers found the bodies of Tammy Lawrence, 48, of 5918 North Hills Blvd., and Ahki Hughes, 24, of 1802 Arrowhead, North Little Rock. Both individuals had been shot.

Divers, dogs aid in search

May 13, 2009 Searchers were back on the White River near Batesville early this morning as they continued their efforts to find 30-year-old Aaron R. Marks, who is believed to have drowned in a boating accident Saturday afternoon.As he prepared to launch a boat early this morning, Wildlife Officer Ryan Nast of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said that a small airplane was used Tuesday afternoon to check the river, its banks and areas immediately around the river, but was unable to find any sign of Marks.

Potts resigns ‘to get out of judge’s way’

May 13, 2009 Rita Potts has resigned as coordinator of the hydroelectric project. In her letter to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks, she said two considerations prompted her decision, which is effective June 1. The first is an opportunity that has been discussed with her that could develop later in the year, and she would like to explore being unemployed for a while and see if that would be in her and her family’s best interest. The second, in her own words, is “to get out of the Judge’s way.

News of other days

May 12, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 23, 1996.