16 and in college

April 13, 2009 Emily Byrne’s only intention that day was to register for a Spanish class.Before the day was over she was enrolled in anatomy and physiology I and II, and English composition at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.“It was really an accident,” Byrne said about the day two years ago when she waited in line inside Independence Hall to sign up for the language class she begged her mom to let her take.

Meeting NASCAR icons worth wait for diehard fans

April 13, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — NASCAR fans began forming a line Tuesday night in hopes of securing a chance to meet NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Friday afternoon at the Fan Appreciation Days at Mark Martin Ford-Mercury.The days of anticipation paid off for 300 lucky fans who acquired arm bands. Many others were turned away disappointed.Earnhardt spent a little more than an hour putting his autograph on various merchandise as the fans were herded through the line. Then he spent about 30 minutes with Mark Martin and fans for a question-and-answer session.

News of other days

April 10, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 23, 1996. 

Fishing derby announced Event to be at local park

April 10, 2009 A fishing derby open to all students ages 3-14 will be held April 18 at Future Fuels Park.The event is sponsored by Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs at Central and Eagle Mountain Magnets, Arkansas Fish and Game Commission and Batesville Optimist Club.Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and fishing starts at 7. Lunch will be provided.Every student will receive a goody bag. Special prizes will be given for the smallest fish caught on a hook, largest fish caught on a hook, first fish caught on a hook and most fish caught on a hook.

Andy Needham, Tracy Hunter win

April 10, 2009 CAVE CITY — Andy Needham and Tracy Hunter weighed in five bass totaling 15.94 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Lake Norfork, tournament director Ron Watkins said.Needham caught the biggest bass of the day, a 5.88-pounder.Twelve boats and 23 anglers were in the competition.David Wooten and Carl Wooten placed second with five fish weighing 11.81 pounds. Chris Richardson and Kevin Weaver came in third with five bass weighing 10.76 pounds.

BBBS honor Daniel Roettger

April 10, 2009 Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas recently announced its “Big of the Month, High School Big” Daniel Roettger of Batesville. Roettger was chosen from all of the Bigs who serve in Batesville, Conway, Russellville and Newport. Dan was chosen because of his dedication to the High School Bigs program. He visits his “little” regularly in the school-based setting and has been matched with the same “little” for two years, according to a news release.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 10, 2009 Confederate Heritage Day setLITTLE ROCK — The annual Confederate Heritage Day ceremony will be held Saturday on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, according to a press release.The event is a celebration of three separate events: Arkansas Confederate History and Heritage Month, Confederate Memorial Day and Confederate Flag Day.The public event gets under way at 10:30 a.m. with a reading of Arkansas soldiers who died during the war years of 1861-65. A bell will be rung following each name.

Area Briefs

April 10, 2009 Ozarka plans Spring Carnival

Tornado reported in downtown Mena

April 10, 2009 MENA (AP) — Violent storms hit much of southwestern Arkansas on Thursday, with a tornado making “a direct hit” on the Polk County Courthouse and pelting part of Mena with apple-sized hail. Twisters were also reported near DeQueen, Hot Springs and Texarkana.Renee Preslar, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Emergency Management, said Gov. Mike Beebe had authorized dispatch of 30 National Guard soldiers to Mena. She said local officials asked for troops to secure the downtown area.

Volunteers needed

April 10, 2009 The United Way of Independence County’s annual Day of Caring is scheduled for May 2. The Day of Caring offers volunteers from throughout the county the opportunity to work with other volunteers on projects for the community. The United Way Day of Caring is a communitywide day of hands-on volunteering. The event not only helps the United Way agencies, and the people they serve, but it will also give volunteers a firsthand look at the services being provided by the United Way agencies as well as community needs.