UDC, Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter

April 26, 2011 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter No. 135, United Daughters of the Confederacy recently held its April meeting at the Batesville Country Club. The meeting opened with the invocation given by Ernestine Boyce, chapter chaplain. President Dora Kate Lee led the pledges to the U.S. Flag, Arkansas Flag, Christian Flag and Confederate Flag, followed by the ritual.

Ozark RiverFest to include lawnmower, truck pull

April 26, 2011 CALICO ROCK — The second annual Ozark RiverFest will be Friday and Saturday in Earl King Park off state Highway 56 in Calico Rock. The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with a free performance by local fiddle master Roger Fountain on the bandstand in the park. Barbecue will be sold.

‘All Rise’ bike ride slated

April 26, 2011 The All Rise Century Bike Ride to benefit the Independence County DWI drug court will be held May 21, according to a news release. The ride, hosted by White River Medical Center, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and start at the Independence County Department of Human Services office, 100 Weaver Road off Highway 69 East. Bounce houses and face painting will be available for children from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DHS.

Board reschedules meeting

April 26, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district administration building at Melbourne. Members will consider rehiring classified personnel and adoption of the 2011-12 school calendar. Meetings are open to the public.


April 26, 2011 CUSHMAN — The name of the mayor of Cushman was incorrectly provided for the Guard’s Community Focus 2011 special section published Thursday.Lora Weatherford is the mayor.Weatherford said the city is no longer in charge of the annual Miner’s Day festival. She said Heather Fulbright is community chairwoman for that event.

Mississippi nears highest level since ’37

April 26, 2011 VICKSURG, Miss. (AP) — The National Weather Service has forecast that the Mississippi River will crest at 52.5 feet in Vicksburg on May 13, the highest level since 1937.“We’ve got water coming down on top of heavy rain,” Marty Pope, senior service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, told the Vicksburg Post.“It’s looking pretty bad right now. We have lots of rain to come, too.”

Storms leave 8 dead in Arkansas

April 26, 2011 VILONIA (AP) — Emergency crews worked to account for dozens of people still missing today after a powerful storm battered Arkansas with floods, high winds and tornados, snapping utility poles, twisting one tractor-trailer like a wrung dish rag and leaving at least eight people dead.

Poplar Bluff levee breaches

April 26, 2011 POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A police officer said a levee protecting a southeast Missouri town from major flooding has breached and that authorities are planning to evacuate residents from more homes in the area.Poplar Bluff police Officer Daron House said today that water is pouring through a crack in the levee on a road southeast of Poplar Bluff and that crews are looking into a report of a possible second breach.He said water from the breach is pouring into a drainage ditch but that officials are concerned it could flood a wider area.

City prepares for potential flooding

April 26, 2011 The weather has put Batesville city officials on alert, as they are doing everything they can to lessen the effects of rising water.Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn told the city council at its meeting Monday night that the fire department spent most of the day preparing for water problems at the firefighters training center. Items were being stored by the water department and will be moved back when the water recedes providing there is no damage.