Area cemeteries to host work days

April 29, 2009 CUSHMAN — Pleasant Valley Cemetery Association has announced the annual work days will be every Saturday in May.Families are responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of family plots, according to the association.Donations for mowing and tree and road maintenance may be mailed to Pleasant Valley Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 394, Cushman, AR 72526.———SULPHUR ROCK — Mac’s Chapel Cemetery near Sulphur Rock will have a clean-up day Saturday. A rain date has been set for May 9.

4-H Activity Night winners announced

April 29, 2009 Several Independence County 4-H’ers participated in the count wide 4-H Activity Day event at the Southside Middle School on April 20. The contests were: Tree Identification, Horiculture, and Seed Identification. First place winners from the Activity Day contests will be eligible to compete at the District O’Rama in Jonesboro, in June. Senior contestants will be able to compete at the State O’Rama on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville in July.

Historic ordinance passes by split vote

April 29, 2009 It was a 5-3 vote, but that’s all that was needed to pass an ordinance crafted by the Historic District Commission.Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council met before another packed audience to hear the third and final reading of an ordinance to establish procedures for the protection and preservation of the character of and properties within the historic district.Aldermen voting in favor of the ordinance were Richard O’Neal, Tommy Bryant, Davy Insell, David Shetron and Fred Krug.

Deserter sentenced

April 29, 2009 FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — An Arkansas soldier tearfully apologized for going to Canada to avoid deploying to Iraq and was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison after pleading guilty to desertion.Spc. Cliff Cornell spent four years in Canada before the Canadian government denied him asylum as a war objector. Cornell came back to the U.S. and turned himself in to authorities in February to avoid being deported.

White River cow rescued

April 29, 2009 In the nursery rhyme, the cow jumped over the moon. In Batesville Tuesday afternoon, one cow found its way into the water at Lock and Dam No. 1 on the White River.At first glance, Kelley Taylor of Imboden couldn’t believe her eyes. “I thought it was one of those fake cows,” she said. “I thought ‘Surely, that’s not a real cow.’”

Woman found in lake

April 29, 2009 ASH FLAT — The body of a woman found floating in a lake behind her home in Highland has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory to determine the cause of death, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Mark Counts said this morning.Highland Police Chief Bea Sharp found the body Tuesday morning after being requested to check on 79-year-old Dolores Covollo.

News of other days

April 28, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 9, 1996. 

Banker completes school

April 28, 2009 Dwight Ford, vice president credit administration/compliance at First Community Bank, recently completed the American Bankers Association National Compliance School held March 27-April 2 at the Dolce Hayes Conference Center in San Jose, Calif.

Atlas Asphalt receives award

April 28, 2009 Atlas Asphalt Inc. of Batesville recently won a top Region Five award for its work on Highway 69B in Batesville last year.Atlas received a regional award plaque in the category two-lane highways with average daily travel greater than 2,000 vehicles, one of four categories in the competition.Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department resident engineer Jim Leggett of District 5 also received a plaque in recognition of the inspection work on the project.