The Weekend Events

November 24, 2010 Editor’s note: This week only, Thursday has been added to “The Weekend Events” to remind the public about dinners on Thanksgiving.Thursday• Free Thanksgiving dinner, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., First Baptist Church West Annex, 610 E. Main St. in Batesville.• Free Thanksgiving dinner, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Desha First Baptist Church, 2655 Heber Springs Road. For transportation or home delivery call (870) 251-2977 in advance and leave a name, phone number and home address.

Calico Rock art teacher awarded

November 24, 2010 CALICO ROCK — Calico Rock School art teacher Rebecca Payne is the recipient of the 2010 Rural Art Teacher Award sponsored by the Apple Blossom Painters of Arkansas.Payne received the award in a surprise ceremony on Nov. 17. Four members of the Apple Blossom Painters traveled to Calico Rock to present the award to Payne in front of her art students.“Mrs. Rebecca Payne represents what we as artists are all about,” a group spokesman said. “Her outstanding commitment and personal investment in promoting artistic achievement in her students is highly commendable.”

Area schools win at robotics

November 24, 2010 JONESBORO — Students from five area high schools recently competed in the Crowley’s Ridge Boosting, Engineering, Science and Technology robotics competition at Arkansas State University. Students from Calico Rock, Cave City, Cedar Ridge, Hillcrest and Mammoth Spring schools competed with 16 others in timed robotics, oral presentation, engineering notebook, booth display and team spirit/sportsmanship.While it was Hillcrest’s third year to compete at the event, it was Mammoth Spring’s second and Calico Rock, Cave City and Cedar Ridge’s first year at the competition.

Guard closed Thursday

November 24, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will not publish Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Publication will resume Friday.

Leaf pickup under way

November 24, 2010 The city of Batesville is currently running garbage routes for the leaf pickup, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh has announced.Citizens are asked to put leaves at curbside, not in the streets, and to separate the brush from the leaves. Also, Elumbaugh asked the leaves not be sprayed down with water, as wet leaves can clog drains and create flooding problems throughout the city.

Man jailed for making meth

November 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — A Hardy man was arrested Monday after officers from the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department and the 3rd Judicial District Drug Task Force searched his house, said Sheriff Dale Weaver.The search was authorized by a search warrant.During the search of Terry Painter’s home, the officers found seven reaction vessels used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine as well as other items of drug paraphernalia. Weaver said.

Cell phone taken at gunpoint

November 24, 2010 A North State Street man said his $250 VU cell phone was stolen by a man wielding a pistol.Deputy Joseph Beaudin responded to the robbery call around 2 p.m. Monday and spoke with Michael Goodman who said he was walking down Addie Street, near the intersection of Lilly Street when the robbery occurred.“A black male in a white four-door car, like a Ford Focus, pulled up to him and stuck a gun out the window at him and demanded his cell phone,” Beaudin said.“The suspect took out the Sim card (subscriber identity module) and threw it down and took off with the phone.”

Essay contest announced

November 24, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club announces its annual essay contest for students who are under age 19 as of Dec. 31 this year.The title for this year’s essay is “How My Education is the Key to a Successful Future.”Local winners will be recognized at a special meeting on Dec. 17 at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. Winners will receive an official medallion and a cash prize. The cash prizes for local winners are first place, $100; second place, $50; third place, $25.

Stolen drugs found in home

November 24, 2010 Drugs first believed stolen during a burglary of Michael Meaders’ home on Jamestown Loop Friday have been found inside the home, according to Meaders.Meaders said three prescription bottles, containing small amounts of Hydrocodone, Bactrim and Tramadol, were thought to have been stolen, but he has since found them behind a dresser.It was first believed that perhaps someone with a key had entered the home sometime Friday while Meaders and his wife were at work and taken the drugs along with $21 in cash.