Ozarka board appoints Setser

April 15, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors appointed a new member at its quarterly meeting held March 7. Pamela Setser of Mountain View was unanimously appointed to serve a five-year term on the Foundation Board.

Movie to be screened

April 15, 2011 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting. There will also be free popcorn.This is a special, family-friendly edition of the movie that has removed any objectionable language or scenes, according to a news release. The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.

Ralph Wallis to celebrate 90th birthday

April 15, 2011 Ralph Wallis and family invite the friends, acquaintances, cronies and ilk to a birthday greeting and celebration with the Wallis family from 2 to 4 p.m. April 23 at the North Height Church of Christ (above the fairgrounds in Batesville).Ralph Wallis will be 90 on his birthday Thursday.His service in World War II was featured in an article published in the Guard Feb. 23; the article was written by his son Frank, who previously wrote for the Guard and is now at the Baxter Bulletin.

Finding thong trees

April 15, 2011  Keeping a sharp eye out for large boulders, tree limbs and other obstacles as I eased my Jeep through 6-inch-deep snow on a trail barely wide enough to allow passage, I suddenly slammed on the brakes, which got everyone’s attention.“I don’t believe it,” I exclaimed while hitting reverse and causing the Jeep to lurch backwards, further startling my wife and a friend who had joined the day’s photo excursion following a previous night’s snowstorm earlier this year.

Pleasant Plains man found dead

April 15, 2011 A Pleasant Plains man is dead from an apparent suicide.Officers were called to the residence Thursday night after family members found a note telling them to not open the closet door and to call the police.Shannon Adams told officer Wayne Green she was concerned about her brother 27-year-old Sean M. Robertson who was depressed after he had learned earlier that day he could no longer see his kids.She said when her brother got home around 8:30 p.m. she had made him promise not to hurt himself.

Cave City board to discuss bond

April 15, 2011 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City Middle School Library to hear a report on bond refinancing, Superintendent Steven Green said.During a personnel session, the directors will also consider resignations, classified personnel contracts and contracts that were tabled during previous meetings.They will also consider a proposed 2011 school calendar and proposed 2011-12 certified salary schedule and classified schedules.A third-quarter average attendance report and a monthly financial report will be reviewed.

Restoring cars, souls part of Bible ministry

April 15, 2011 CHARLOTTE — Some days Jason Harstell feels like a broken and rusted old car.Struggling with addiction, he knows his family could have given up on him.Instead, like the antique car he has been restoring for the past month, he was pulled from the wreckage of his self-destruction. He found salvation at John 3:16 Ministries at Charlotte.In the meantime, the 35-year-old Hartsell has worked with another resident, Tom McClendon of Marianna, and instructor James Ashley to restore a two-door hardtop 1960 Ford Thunderbird to auction off for the ministry.

7 die in Ark. in storms

April 15, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Destructive storms that tore across the country’s midsection left at least nine people dead — seven in Arkansas and two in Oklahoma — this morning after smashing uprooted trees into homes in Arkansas and ripping apart the only school in one tiny Oklahoma town, officials said this morning.In Garland County, a 24-year-old man and his 18-month-old daughter were killed when lightning struck a tree, which then fell on their mobile home on Pistol Circle. The victims were crushed in their bed.

Unity Fest is May 28

April 15, 2011 The sixth annual Unity Fest on the River will be May 28 at Riverside Park in Batesville, starting at 3 p.m.A fish dinner will be served, as usual. The event also includes a pie auction, special music by Gerald Crabb from Southern gospel group The Crabb Family, and a Kids Korner with balloons and games.

ASU buys Cash home

April 15, 2011 JONESBORO — When Johnny Cash sang “How high’s the water, mama” in “Five Feet High and Rising” he was describing the 1937 flood that nearly all but swallowed his family’s home at Dyess in northeast Arkansas.More than 70 years later time has taken its toll on the tattered two-bedroom house surrounded by farmland, but thanks to Arkansas State University at Jonesboro it’s getting a new breath of life.