Burgess to be awarded honorary degree

May 5, 2011 JONESBORO — Newport native Albert Austin “Sonny” Burgess will be awarded the Honorary Doctor of Music degree at Arkansas State University.Spring commencement is set for Saturday.ASU will recognize Burgess, an iconic founder of rockabilly music, for his decades of contributions to the musical heritage of the state of Arkansas, the Mississippi River Delta region, and the United States.

Beebe tours flooded areas

May 5, 2011 DES ARC (AP) — Severe flooding in Arkansas caused one death and forced authorities to shut down part of Interstate 40 Wednesday, with plans to eventually close the highway in both directions.Gov. Mike Beebe said the conditions are some of the worst he’s seen. Runoff from days of heavy rain, combined with a backup in the Mississippi River that has pushed the Black and White rivers backward, has covered farmland and forced evacuations all over eastern Arkansas.

UCA students recipients of CPA scholarships

May 5, 2011 CONWAY — Two area students at University of Central Arkansas have been named recipients of scholarships in the amount of $1,300 each offered by the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Student Education Fund, according to a news release.Candace M. Hardin of Desha is a senior level student majoring in accounting. She is expected to graduate in December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree.William B. Baker of Rose Bud is a senior level student majoring in accounting. He is expected to graduate this month with a bachelor’s degree.

Independence County 4-H Activity Night winners named

May 5, 2011 The Independence County 4-H held its Activity Night competition April 25 at Southside Elementary School.Winners are as follows:Seed IdentificationCloverbud — Daniel Latus, Sulphur Rock, first; Payton Reinhart, Livestock, second; Keylee Harris, Diamond T, third;Juniors — Olivia Tuggle, Cave City, first; Cheyenne Gilliam, Cave City, second; Braden Mead, Livestock, third;Senior — Jackson Mead, Livestock, first; Cecile Harris, Diamond T, second; Brianne Reed, Diamond T, third;Ornamental Horticulture Identification

Batesville to expand high school

May 5, 2011 A growing student population has Batesville High School making room. The Batesville School District recently announced plans for a 27,563-square-foot expansion and renovation of the already 145,505-square-foot high school building on Pioneer Drive.Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison said he anticipates construction to begin in June, and if all goes as planned, be ready for students during the 2012 school year.


May 4, 2011 Southside Methodist Church was the Top Church Team in Saturday’s March of Dimes walk at Stewart Field in Southside. The winner’s name was supplied incorrectly for an article in Tuesday’s edition of the Guard.

90 pounds of drugs turned in

May 4, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department has turned in more than 90 pounds of old, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to the Drug Enforcement Agency to be destroyed, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.The department partnered with the county’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition of Lawrence County to set up drug collection points in Imboden and Walnut Ridge on Saturday, netting 20 pounds of the total.

Quorum court to meet

May 4, 2011 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Jess B. Carpenter Building’s juvenile courtroom (second floor of the library building).The court will appoint two members to the county equalization board, amend the 2011 budget and hear reports. County Judge Robert Griffin may bring two more ordinances to the meeting, one concerning certification dates of trash liens and the other establishing an account for the trash department.

Lawsuit settlement puts Dogpatch USA in new hands

May 4, 2011 MARBLE FALLS (AP) — A judge has signed an order that awards the former Dogpatch USA amusement park in north Arkansas to the rider of an all-terrain vehicle who was injured on the property.Circuit Judge Shawn Womack ruled Tuesday that the property is to be turned over to settle a $650,000 judgment against the park’s owners.The Harrison Daily Times reports that Pruett Nance struck a throat-high cable strung between two trees at the property in 2005. Nance won the judgment against park owners, including Michael Carr.

Literacy night scheduled

May 4, 2011 The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St., will present a “fun family literacy night” about baseball at 6 p.m. Thursday.  All children will receive a free book. Refreshments will be served and door prizes given. For more information, call (870) 793-0627.The free event is open to the public.