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.

Area students receive scholarships from Lyon

April 22, 2009 Six Batesville area students have been accepted for admission to Lyon College and have received scholarships.Megan Holifield, a Batesville High School student, has been awarded an Anderson Scholarship valued at $19,034 per year. She is the daughter of Paul and Karen Holifield of Batesville. Colten McSpadden, a Batesville High School student, has been awarded a Scot Athletic Scholarship valued at $9,000 per year. He is the son of Scott and Jacqui McSpadden of Batesville.

Students serve as pages at Capitol

April 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Several area students have been serving as House pages at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock recently.Fourteen-year-old Jacob Deskin of Batesville also served as a page to James McLean. He is in the ninth grade at Batesville Junior High School. He is the son of Norman Deskin and Maria Deskin. He enjoys swimming, video games and poultry judging.