Civil suit filed

December 21, 2010 The father of a man who died of a gunshot wound in 2007 has filed suit in Independence County Circuit Court seeking to bar his son’s widow from collecting life insurance benefits.Richard Kirk of Cave City claims Jessica Kirk of Cave City “shot and killed” her husband, Richard Andrew Kirk on Dec. 27, 2007, and that her intent at the time of the shooting makes her ineligible to receive any life insurance benefits.The complaint was filed Dec. 10 by attorney Jim Jackson of Little Rock on Richard Kirk’s behalf.

Letters to Santa

December 21, 2010 NEWARK — First-graders in Rebekah Hyslip’s class at Newark Elementary share their letters to Santa Claus with the Batesville Daily Guard.  Dear Santa,How are you doing? I hup you are doing fand. I wish that I had a red Wii game, thin I cood give my video game to my Dad and my Mom on the wickir we cood play.Thank you.JamesDear Santa,I hop your Elf’s are working hard. I can’t wayt to see what you will bringing me for Christmas. This is what I want, A fooshiegy And a Pellow pet. You are best!Thank you.Love, Sydney

Expulsion hearings continue

December 21, 2010 Following the regular business of the Batesville School Board Monday afternoon, the all-members present board met for an hour in executive session concerning expulsion hearings for three students. After it reconvened, the board voted to expel an eighth-grade girl for the remainder of the fall semester for possession of marijuana at the junior high school. Continued enrollment in the spring semester will be contingent upon successful completion of a behavior contract as determined by Batesville Junior High Principal Brent Bogy.

Drye chosen by Batesville board

December 21, 2010 The maintenance manager and supervisor of one of the leading household, snack and pet food packaging industries will be the Batesville School District’s new physical plant manager come Jan. 3.Frank Drye, 41, of Searcy, maintenance manager and supervisor of the Bryce Corporation, was hired during the Batesville School Board’s monthly meeting Monday afternoon.

Brady’s announce return of popular fish house

December 21, 2010 DESHA — It was 21 years ago this month that fire destroyed one of the most popular restaurants in the county, Brady’s Fish Fry at Desha.The original owners, Ron and Brenda Brady, have passed on all their original recipes to their son, Jeramie Brady, who has reopened the eatery, again in Desha, at the former Outpost Restaurant next to RV Speedway on Highway 25/14.

Airport eyes contract fuel

December 21, 2010 The Batesville Regional Airport is looking at getting into the contract fuel business.Last week, the airport commission met and hear from Bill Hougland with Western Petroleum, an Exxon brand.The commission had contacted Western Petroleum, about (fixed-base operator) FBO programs. Western Petroleum, which was recently purchased by Worldwide Fuels, began its contract fuel program in 1984 and has more than 3,000 corporate flight department, air ambulance and cargo customers.

Ozarka to offer GED test

December 20, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College in Melbourne will give the GED Test at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 5 and 13 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Main Courtroom, Jan. 19; Annex Courtroom, Jan. 27;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Jan. 10 and 24;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Jan. 11 and 18;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Jan. 11.

Utah massacre site may become national landmark

December 20, 2010 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The southern Utah site where Mormons massacred the members of a 19th century Arkansas wagon train is on its way to becoming a National Historic Landmark.In November, a National Parks Service Advisory Board subcommittee voted unanimously to recommend a petition to elevate the Mountain Meadows Massacre site to landmark status, parks historian Lysa Wegman-French said.The advisory board is scheduled to meet in April to decide whether to recommend the proposal to the U.S. secretary of the interior, she said.

Teen hurt in wreck near Cord

December 20, 2010 A one-vehicle accident Friday morning sent a local teenager to a Little Rock hospital, according to a report from Arkansas State Trooper Jeremy Page.Around 8 a.m. the teenager, who had a hardship license, was southbound on Highway 122 (Cord Road) headed to Newark in a 1997 Toyota T100 pickup. Page said the girl, whom he declined to identify since she is a minor, apparently drove off the road, hit a ditch and the embankment of a private driveway, causing her vehicle to become airborne, then landed in a ditch and overturned in a creek bed before finally coming to rest on its top.

Delinquent trash bill collections clarified

December 20, 2010 Delinquent trash bills have to be paid in the Independence County Tax Collector’s Office, not the county judge’s office as reported in Friday’s Guard.Tax Collector Janet Perkey said the county judge’s office only collects current bills. Once they become delinquent, bills are sent to her office to collect before property taxes can be paid.Residents who need to pay their trash bills in Perkey’s office are those whose trash bills became delinquent as of Dec. 31, 2009. Current 2010 trash bills must be paid at the county’s judges office before Nov. 1, 2011.