Conway ‘Idol’ has local tie

April 2, 2009 It might have been an old guitar amplifier to Kris Allen.But for Josh Stewart of Batesville it was a generous gift from someone he considers a friend, who also gained enough votes Wednesday night to become a top eight contestant on TV’s “American Idol.”Stewart first met Allen, a business major, at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. However, it was the Chi Alpha campus ministries where the two musicians would cross paths in 2007.

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April 1, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 12, 1996. 

Hillcrest students earn awards

April 1, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Students from Hillcrest High School recently attended the 43rd Annual Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Some of the objectives of the symposium are to promote research and experimentation in science, math and engineering at the high school level, to recognize students’ accomplishments, and to encourage their continued interest in math, science and engineering by exposing them to opportunities in the academic, industrial and governmental communities.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 1, 2009 Cemetery to host work dayThe Barnes Cemetery annual work day will be Saturday. Workers are asked to bring yard tools.A rain date will be April 11.For more information, call Brenda Tucker at (870) 793-3940. Fish, chicken to be served

Delegates attend DAR conference

April 1, 2009 The Independence County Chapter was represented at the 101st annual State Conference recently by delegates Dora Kate Lee, state chaplin; Linda Carol Cooper, regent; Anne Moore, secretary; Mary Miller, registrar; Elizabeth Cooper; Patti Emmons; Kristie Pope; and Kayla Pope. The conference was held March 19-21 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock.Elizabeth Cooper and the Pope sisters served as pages for the conference. They enjoyed a pizza supper on Thursday night.

Purcell talks about higher ed

April 1, 2009 The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is working to make applying for scholarships and obtaining degrees easier than ever before.“Arkansas is legendary for its people, for the work ethic and things of that nature, but perhaps maybe not for education as of yet,” said Jim Purcell, director of Arkansas Department of Higher Education. “So we’ve got to be concerned; there are a lot of things we need to do.”

Local preschool offering new curriculum

April 1, 2009 All children have the potential to construct their own learning, with the proper resources.That is one of the basic principles of a unique curriculum now being offered at The Learning Center Preschool, located in west Batesville.Sherri Traw, owner and lead teacher, announced that The Learning Center has recently changed the curriculum format to a Reggio Emilia Approach, named after an Italian village that developed the new educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education.

Celebrating 20 years

April 1, 2009 CAVE CITY — While in college, Michael Wilson was unsure exactly what he wanted to do for a living.“I went and visited several different professionals and followed them around, watching what they do for half a day, and nothing was really exciting,” Wilson said.“Then I went and spent half a day with Dr. Ron Erwin in Batesville, and within five minutes of following him around, I knew what I wanted to do. I left there very excited.”Today, Dr. Wilson and his staff celebrate their 20th year in his Wilson Chiropractic Clinic in Cave City.

News of other days

March 31, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 11, 1996.