Emergency programs to receive funding

April 13, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Independence County will receive nearly $12,000 for its Emergency Food and Shelter Program, according to a news release from U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Representatives Marion Berry, Vic Snyder and Mike Ross.

Johnson to speak

April 13, 2009 Melbourne — The 2009 Ozarka College commencement will take place at 7 p.m. May 14 in the John E. Miller Auditorium.For those students graduating, practice will be held in the auditorium at 2 p.m. May 7. Graduates will meet in the Lecture Hall at 6 on the night of commencement. Caps and gowns may be picked up May 4-14 at the Ozarka College Bookstore.A photographer will be available in the Conference Room of the John E. Miller Education Complex prior to graduation from 5-6:30 p.m. as well as after the ceremony.

Almost $1,000 worth of marijuana found

April 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — A man picking up trash east of Cave City found almost $1,000 worth of processed marijuana in a ditch.Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said if sold in small increments, the marijuana has an estimated street value of $960.Benjamin Karns, a member of the Coalition for the Future of Sharp County, was picking up trash recently on one mile of Cougar Road and counting the number of beer cans and other alcohol-related containers he found when he saw the marijuana packaged in a clear, resealable plastic bag.

Latin Mass choir completes CD

April 13, 2009 Some who live in New Zealand have already requested copies. For a CD recorded at the Christian Science Society of Batesville by the Cherokee Village Latin Mass Community Choir and Schola, that’s wonderful for something one might be surprised to know was recorded in Arkansas, choir member David Sonnier said.

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.