Blanchard Springs, other sites closed

April 28, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Some outdoors enthusiasts in Arkansas and Oklahoma may have to revise plans for spring weekend camping trips because of storms that raked the two states this week.Several U.S. Forest Service recreation sites in Arkansas and Oklahoma will be temporarily closed while inspections are carried out for damage from the storms, which killed 11 people on Monday and Tuesday. Last June, 20 campers were killed at the Albert Pike Recreation Area in Montgomery County, Ark., when a flash flood hit.

Sylamore seeks student employees

April 28, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Sylamore Ranger District of the Ozark National Forest will be hiring four students for summer employment under the Youth Conservation Corps program, according to a news release.The program, open to youth ages 15-18, begins June 6. Applications can be picked up at the Sylamore Ranger District Office at 1001 E. Main St., Mountain View, and must be completed and returned by May 2. Interested individuals may also include a resume with their application. Selections will be made by May 2.

Cemetery cleanings set

April 28, 2011 Finley Creek CemeteryBONETOWN — Finley Creek Cemetery cleanup day will be Saturday. Those attending are asked to bring tools. The cemetery is located east of Bonetown.In case of rain, the cleanup will be May 14. Nail CemeteryLAFFERTY — The Nail Cemetery at Lafferty will host a cleanup open to the public beginning at about 8 or 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Those attending are encouraged to bring tools.

Music Roots celebrates heritage, collaboration

April 28, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — A program in Mountain View has found a way to keep the past alive while at the same time, provide music instruments for students who may not otherwise afford them. The Music Roots concert is scheduled for at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ozark Folk Center Auditorium. The concert is free and all interested students, particularly current third-graders, and their families are encouraged to attend. Sign up for the 2011-12 school year will begin at the concert. Space in the program may be limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

The Weekend Events

April 28, 2011 Editor’s note: If you are unsure whether an event will be held, call the number if listed ahead of time.Friday• Treddle wheel spinning demonstration by Dana Scheaffer, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Calico Rock Artisan’s Cooperative. Call (870) 297-4129 or visit• Spring Fling, 5-8 p.m., Newark Elementary rear parking lot. Silent auction, games and food; proceeds will help update the playground. Call (870) 834-9712.

Death numbers now at 214

April 28, 2011 PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) — Dozens of tornadoes ripped through the South, flattening homes and businesses and killing at least 214 people in six states in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years.As day broke today, people in hard-hit Alabama surveyed flattened, debris-strewn neighborhoods and told of pulling bodies from rubble after the storms passed Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Wilderness First Responder course offered

April 27, 2011 CLARKSVILLE — University of the Ozarks will host a nationally recognized Wilderness First Responder course presented by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) July 23-31 on the Clarksville campus, said Larry Isch, director of public relations. The certification course is administered by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The course, which is the only one of its kind offered by NOLS in Arkansas this year, is being hosted by the university’s Ozarks Outdoors program.

Weeds are pretty on roadsides, but not in gardens

April 27, 2011 When I go for a ride, I enjoy looking at the scenery. A major part of the scenery is often what is growing by the roadside. Just like in the garden, the scenery changes with the seasons.It has been a surprise to me to find out how many of these beautiful flowers are considered weeds. A weed may just be a flower in the wrong place, but for those of us just driving by it helps improve the scenery. But the plants most often considered “weeds” often have very bad habits.


April 27, 2011 Incomplete information was provided to the Guard in a story published Thursday about Cave City High School graduates.Students Brandon Draper, Joe Kennedy, Norman Marchbanks and Wendi Langenback were inadvertently omitted from the seniors list and Dillon Sallas’ name was spelled incorrectly. Also, Ben Stone, Corey Bennett, Jenny Stinson, Kalynn Cooper, Kayla Lee, Rachel Koch, Sara Salmon, Cheryl Bell, Jon Bradley, Pam St. John, Jamie King, Marc Walling and Steven Green are not graduates.

Fundraiser to help constable

April 27, 2011 CONCORD — A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Grassey Township Constable Jimmy Tate will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the Concord Community Center, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.Money raised will go toward purchasing an AWIN (Arkansas Wireless Information Network) radio for Tate’s use, she said.The radio will allow Tate a secure line which all fire departments, police and other authorities to be in two-way contact with him without the public listening in, she added.