Adams chosen

June 3, 2011 Vanessa Adams was born to do this.“I think I was born to be a librarian. I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember and the library in Jonesboro was always my favorite place to be when I was growing up, especially in the hot summer,” she said.“I’ve always thought like a librarian, too, and put everything in alphabetical order in my house. I also enjoy getting information to people, which is a librarian’s primary responsibility.”

Arts council to host summer celebration June 20

June 3, 2011 The Batesville Area Arts Council will have its annual summer celebration fundraiser June 20 at Josie’s at the Lockhouse. Entertainment will be by Pres Ellis and the Prestones, Danny Dozier, Mike Foster, Kenny Loggins and Jon Healey. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7.

Board readies for range opening

June 3, 2011 With the grand opening just a week away, the board of directors for the Independence County Shooting Range, met Thursday morning to start finalizing details for the event.Chairman Rocky Willmuth told the board that with the exception of parking lot paving and installation of an archery range, everything is pretty much finished at the new complex. About a dozen stationary archery lanes, suitable for youth and adult archers and separated from the gun range by a safety wall, will be built at the west end of the facility.


June 3, 2011 The date of the Newark Area Chamber of Commerce’s free fishing derby was incorrectly listed in Thursday’s Guard. The derby will be June 11 at Newark City Park. For more information, call (870) 799-8888.

Local resident visits Scotland with theater group

June 3, 2011 SEARCY — Harding University’s Pied Pipers are spending nearly three weeks in Scotland this summer, helping local church congregations and reaching out to communities in Sterling and Aberdeen. The group left May 16 and will return Saturday.Harding student Caleb Rummel of Batesville is part of the group.

Ex-FBI special agent tells of Mississippi murders

June 3, 2011 EL DORADO (AP) — The search was on for three missing young men in Mississippi during the August of 1964. FBI Special Agent Floyd Thomas was “right in the middle of it” on the search for the three individuals whose car had been torched some time before.The three men were taking part in a “Freedom Summer,” during which they would be helping local black members of small communities learn what they needed to know to be able to vote.Thomas told his story to a class of El Dorado High School students, members of the History Club.

Man collapses, dies in canoe

June 3, 2011 PONCA (AP) — The National Park Service says a Louisiana man floating on the Buffalo River in north Arkansas has collapsed and died in his canoe.The park service headquarters for the Buffalo National River said 68-year-old James Liner of West Monroe, La., was in a group canoeing downstream from Ponca on Wednesday when he fell unconscious near a prominent river obstacle called Gray Rock.

Duo following suspicious man mugged in Conway

June 3, 2011 CONWAY (AP) — Two men concerned about vehicle break-ins in their Conway neighborhood found themselves on the wrong side of a gun after they followed a man who aroused their suspicions.The men were tailing a man walking through the neighborhood Wednesday when he rounded a corner and left in a vehicle. As they watched him drive off, another man came up behind them and pointed a gun at them.Police say the robber took the men’s wallets and let the men leave without anyone being hurt.

C & S Plumbing opens

June 3, 2011 Master plumbers and Batesville natives, Mark Scott and Lonnie Clark, have teamed up to form C & S Plumbing and offer their services to Independence County and surrounding areas.Qualified for everything from commercial and new residential installations to maintenance and repair work, the partners have more than 20 years combined experience in the plumbing field.“We were both born and raised in Batesville and we always want what’s best for our community,” Scott said. “We offer quality work at a reasonable rate and are willing to tackle any job.”

New Beginnings offers free Lamaze class

June 3, 2011 ASH FLAT — New Beginnings Pregnancy Help Center in Ash Flat is offering a free Lamaze class on from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 25.Class space is limited. Interested persons need to register for the class at NBPHC and pay a $10 returnable registration fee. The registration fee will be returned after the attendance of the class. NBPHC is located at 23 Main St., Ash Flat. Office hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call Lynne Barber at (870) 994-5433.