Curves of Batesville is hosting a Christmas food drive for canned goods and non-perishable foods through Dec. 16. All proceeds will benefit Batesville Help & Hope. All donations can be made at 1203 E. Main St. in the Town Plaza Shopping Center and entitles the donor to one week free membership.
For more information call (870) 612-8783.
The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section Dec. 23.
Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory (no poems, please) for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the article to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St., mail it to the Guard, Attn: Kay Tharp, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. All memories should be the original work of the person submitting them.
The deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 5.
Police were able to collect evidence Sunday afternoon in a weekend burglary at the home of Shane Duncan on Bethesda Road.
Duncan told Independence County Deputy Ben Keener that several electronic items and tools, valued at $2,700 were stolen between Friday afternoon and Sunday.
Listed as stolen were a black 47-inch Sharp TV, a black 27-inch TV (unknown brand), four 15-inch Cerwin Vega Speakers, two Massive audio amplifiers, a black Playstation3 with 120 gig hard drive, miscellaneous games and music CDs, as well as a number of Dewalt power tools.
MELBOURNE — The flexibility that the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium gave working mom Patti Smith of Melbourne was enough for her to go back to school to be a registered nurse.
Ozarka College at Melbourne is one of eight schools that make up the statewide consortium. It also has one of the largest class sizes, having doubled from 20 to 40 spots for licensed practical nurses, vocational nurses and psychiatric technical nurses who want to go on to earn their RN degrees.
Bringing the justice of the peace districts into compliance with state requirements following the 2010 Census continues to be a problem for the Independence County Election Commission as they learned in a third public hearing held Monday night.
The controversy arose following publication of a proposed map that showed JP districts redrawn to closely fit a redrawn map of state legislative districts, as is required by law to maintain a somewhat equal number of voters in each district. The goal is to keep the numbers of voters in each district as close to 3,300 as possible.
After failed attempts at trying to resolve the matter out of court, a federal judge will decide if Independence County is at fault over issues with the hydroelectric project.
The complaint, filed last week from the law firm of Blair & Stroud, claims the county is not willing to pay the cost incurred by its clients in the construction of the dam cap at Lock and Dam 3.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, Louisiana State defensive coordinator John Chavis, and three others have been named finalists for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top assistant football coach.
Officials announced Monday a selection committee had chosen Chavis, McGee; Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst; Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and Alabama assistant head coach Sal Sunseri. The winner will be announced Dec. 6 in Little Rock.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — With only nine scholarship players remaining this season, University of Arkansas basketball Coach Mike Anderson is leaning heavily on his freshmen in his first year at the school.
Four newcomers — guards BJ Young and Rashad Madden, and forwards Hunter Mickelson and Devonta Abron — make up nearly half of the roster. The team was already going to be low on players, and the freshmen were expected to play a significant role.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Mourners raised their hands as though they were praying, but instead they called the Hogs after the funeral of an Arkansas football player.
Garret Uekman (EHCK’-mun) died last week from a previously undiagnosed heart problem.
More than 1,200 attended his funeral Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock.
After Monday’s service, many mourners carried red-or-white balloons as the casket was carried to a white hearse. The crowd let out a cheer as the balloons drifted away.
PLEASANT PLAINS — William Harold Bailey, 76, of Pleasant Plains died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.
Born Oct. 20, 1935, he was the son of John Henry Bailey and Gladis Bailey.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Jeanee Bailey; five children, Teresa Gillenwater, Brenda Strong, Shawna Bailey, Barbara Bradley and Tammy Bailey; and nine grandchildren, Brandy Tanksley, Melanie Tanksley, Ashley Tanksley, Braydon White, Shawna Bailey, Tiffany Bailey, Stacey Bradley, Brooklyn Bradley and Gerald Bradley.
WALNUT RIDGE — Dula Douglas, 84, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Ash Flat, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Walnut Ridge.
Born Jan. 29, 1927, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of Herbert Thurman and Jennie Jane Massey Boyer. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, Darrell Douglas of Hoxie; a daughter, Glenda Zellers of Hollister, Mo.; two grandsons, Paul Douglas of Cabot and Rick Douglas of Highland; four great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.