Area Briefs

April 24, 2009 Election commission to meetThe Independence County Election Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the basement of the county courthouse in Batesville.The commission will discuss the Help America Vote Act in 2010, the newly proposed hardware maintenance plan with Election Systems & Software and next year’s budget requirements.Justices of the peace have been invited. All meetings are open to the public. Marine from Arkansas dies in Iraq

UK residents enjoy visit to Batesville

April 24, 2009 A Batesville couple is hosting three Scottish natives this week but they weren’t here for the Arkansas Scottish Festival. In fact, they didn’t even go, although it’s not because they didn’t want to.Ruth Caird of Musselburgh, Scotland and her daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Lawrence Illingworth of Yorkshire, England, came for the wedding of Ruth’s granddaughter, Kathleen Highsmith, daughter of John and Sandra Malin of Batesville.

Fire damages café

April 24, 2009 MAGNESS — Fire heavily damaged a rear portion of Rick’s Whistle Stop barbecue in Magness Thursday afternoon.The Newark Fire Department was paged to the eatery around 2 p.m., with the Sulphur Rock department responding to assist a short time later, after an overheated meat smoker caused a fire to break out and destroy an outdoor “add-on” cooking area of the café. Although flames were so intense that metal walls and roofing were melted away, and food freezers were destroyed, no serious damage was reported to the main part of the business.

UPS grant finds new ‘Habitat’

April 24, 2009 In many ways it’s been a gift that’s kept on giving. When employees of the United Postal Service of Batesville volunteered more than 100 hours on the construction of Independence County’s first Habitat for Humanity house last year, the nonprofit organization was more than thrilled.On Thursday, the excitement continued when UPS of Batesville handed the Christian ministry a check for $5,200 to continue efforts in providing affordable housing for families in need.

Fly tying class offered

April 23, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center is offering a free Beginner Fly Tying Class from 4 to 6 p.m. May 5 in the auditorium of the William Carl Garner Visitor Center. The class is available to those ages 12 and older and a limit of 15 participants will be allowed. Preregistration is required and may be done by calling (501) 362-9067.Other upcoming free fishing seminars for 2009 will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the visitor center as follows:• June 20 — Beginner Fly Fishing;

Area Briefs

April 23, 2009 Fun Show to raise moneyPLEASANT PLAINS — The sixth annual Talena Armstead Fun Show will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Pleasant Plains Arena, said Nancy Orr, one of the organizers.“There are events for everyone — even a stick horse race for the little ones and big ones, too,” Orr said. A concession stand will be open.Previous shows in memory of Armstead have raised $6,600 which was given in 11 scholarships to hillbilly Horse Show graduating seniors.Horses must have current Coggins papers. 

Museum to demonstrate cloth making

April 23, 2009 “From Sheep to Cloth,” to be presented from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday as a Family Day event at Old Independence Regional Museum, answers many questions about how clothing was made during pioneer days, administrative assistant April White said.Some of those questions, she said, are as follows: “Did you ever wonder where your clothing really comes from? Which regional plants make good dyes? How did our ancestors waterproof their clothing? How many spinners did it take to keep one weaver busy?

Bright ‘Lites,’ small city

April 23, 2009 For nearly a decade she packed in the audiences as the star of a “tailor-made” show at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas. Actor Cary Grant called her his “long-legged beauty,” and she never went anywhere in public without her long red fingernails.

News of other days

April 22, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 3, 1996.