Calico Rock to host craft workshops, demonstrations

April 19, 2011 CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Artist’s Cooperative has announced upcoming workshops. The workshops are limited to 10 people and are on a first-come, first-serve basis: • May 7 — Making Santas by Doris Fountain (cost is $55). Supplies are provided and participants will leave the class with a Santa. • May 12 — Flower Arranging (cost is $30). Bring a favorite container and flowers, and leave with a completed arrangement. • June 4 — Basket Making by Wilma Gilbert (cost is $40). All supplies provided; leave the class with a small basket.

Library closing for holiday

April 19, 2011 In observance of Good Friday, the Independence County Library will be closed Friday through Sunday. The library will open again for business at 9 a.m. Monday.

Service News: Airman Phillip W. Reeves

April 19, 2011 SAN ANTONIO — Air Force Airman Phillip W. Reeves graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.The son of Larry and Shawnette Reeves of Desha, Reeves graduated in 2009 from Southside High School.

Former supervisor responds to audit report

April 19, 2011 Richard O’Neal, former maintenance supervisor of the Batesville School District, is speaking out after a state audit claims he approved more than $30,000 in overtime for family members.According to a 2009-10 state audit, O’Neal allegedly approved $32,447 in overtime for three family members from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

Death threat gets woman jailed

April 18, 2011  Drunk, disorderly and threatening to kill her husband in front of two cops got a Batesville woman some weekend time in the Independence County jail, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Carter.Along with Deputy Jonathan Brown, Carter was sent to a Case Street apartment around 11:15 p.m. Friday after Debra Eloise Corley had called police dispatch saying her husband had beat her up.

News of Other Days

April 18, 2011  Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 5, 1991.

Blakenship awarded scholarship

April 18, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE — Samuel Blankenship of Melbourne has been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship to study at the University of Arkansas. Blaken-ship is a senior at Melbourne High School and the son of Gary and Shannon Blakenship of Melbourne. He plans to major in pre-pharmacy. Chancellor’s Scholarships are among the university’s most prestigious awards, providing up to $8,000 per year towards tuition, fees and on-campus room and board to top students from Arkansas and the nation, according to a news release.

New Horizons features horticulture, art studies

April 18, 2011 New Horizons Alternative Learning Center is a secondary school of “choice” for students who may require a different approach to accomplish their educational needs and goals.  New Horizons was created in 1994 by the Batesville School District and currently serves 27 students in 7-12 grades.

Storyfest planned at Fairfield Bay

April 18, 2011 FAIRFIELD BAY — The second annual Storyfest will be Saturday at the Fairfield Bay Village Place Mall. Storytellers appearing this year are Willie Claflin, Priscilla Howe, Barbara McBride-Smith and Bobby Norfolk.Tickets can be purchased via or at the gate. Storytelling begins at 10 a.m. All day tickets for adults 16 and over are $15 per person. All others are free. Follow Storyfest on Twitter or e-mail

Arkansas: Unlikely ties to American Taekwondo Assoc.

April 18, 2011 When people think of martial arts, more than likely they are picturing tae kwon do. The discipline comes from Korea and is considered the most popular martial arts in the U.S. A main draw of the sport is the wide range of kicks used. While some other martial arts include kicking techniques, tae kwon do’s strength is founded in it.