The White River Shrine Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kelly-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville.
Sherry Pierce, associate grand conductor of the Grand Order of the Eastern Star, will speak about the order. The meeting is open to all Shriners and their guests.
While being prepared for a procedure in the hospital’s emergency room early Saturday morning, 18-year-old Briann K. Nelson of Batesville got some bad news.
Not only was she going to have a catheter placement, she was also being charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Independence County Deputy Zach Rawlings was dispatched to the White River Medical Center around 6:45 a.m. where a registered nurse told him she was prepping Nelson for the catheter when she discovered a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance in Nelson’s underwear.
An auction of Independence County tax-delinquent properties netted $16,244, according to the Commissioner of State Lands office.
The auction was held recently at the Ramada Inn in Batesville with a total of 12 interested bidders attending. The sale is held annually by the state to dispose of land on which the taxes have been past due over two years. This year there were nine parcels sold.
Students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville can now study for the GED (general educational development) test online from their home computer, according to a news release.
“Nearly 20 percent of adults in Arkansas over the age of 25 do not have a high school diploma. Often these adults have work and family obligations that make attending traditional GED classes difficult,” the release states.
“Transportation costs are also a barrier for many that live in rural areas of the state. Online instruction is designed to alleviate some of these barriers.”
CAVE CITY — Mike Evans has been living with autism his whole life. Now, he wants to educate the public about autism by holding an Autism Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the city park in Cave City.
Now 31, Evans says he fell through the cracks when he was a child and wasn’t diagnosed with autism until he was 17 years old.
Back in September 1964 a trip to outer space seemed more likely than meeting a Beatle.
Ed Wiles of Highland would have had an easier time believing he could fly to the moon than if someone had told him he would meet John Lennon that Saturday afternoon 47 years ago.
But as Wiles, now 64, who works at Health Resources of Arkansas at Batesville, would learn, “You never know what’s going to happen” from one day to the next or “who it’s going to put you in contact with,” and “just because someone’s famous doesn’t mean they are any different than you.”
The national observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was emotional, overwhelming and likely to overshadow most other observances for a long time.
But just a few days later, on 9/17, comes another opportunity to commemorate, celebrate and join with our fellow citizens in remembrance and understanding.
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about museums in the Ozark Gateway Region.
With the Ozark Gateway Region dating back to the 1700s, it’s not surprising it is also home to a number of outstanding museums that keep that history alive with exhibits, guest speakers workshops, and educational programs. We hope you will visit these museums.
Well, it’s official: I am now a resident of Batesville, Arkansas. No more waking up at 5 a.m. to make the hour drive into work or dealing with the road construction between here and Heber Springs that delayed me an additional 15-20 minutes sometimes.
I can now spend my money on something other than gas! Hopefully I will be able to go a few months without having to get a tire repaired or the oil changed.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Beatles Tribute festival in Walnut Ridge this weekend is on Sunday. The wrong day was given in an article about the event in Thursday’s edition of the Guard. The festival includes a performance at 5 p.m. by the Liverpool Legends and the unveiling of a large Beatles-related sculpture at 6.
CONCORD — The Concord School District’s annual report to the public will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center and will be followed by a regular school board meeting, said Superintendent Dr. Mike Davidson.
During the business meeting, the directors will hear a new child care facility grant update, consider purchasing a used mini-excavator, consider student transfer requests, discuss upcoming school board training sessions, consider a proposed 2011-12 budget and hold a personnel session.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is considering whether to close four Arkansas mail distribution centers as a way to save money.
Mail sorting centers in Hot Springs, Harrison, Fayetteville and Jonesboro were listed by the Postal Service Thursday as among 252 facilities nationwide that may close.
The Fayetteville center has 90 workers. Jonesboro has 70, and Hot Springs and Harrison each have 35.