BPA Awards cont…

November 17, 2010 The Batesville Preservation Association has announced its 2010 awards for preservation and restoration. BPA Honor Awards went to two additional downtown commercial buildings. One went to Rick Reed for his historically accurate restoration of the Baker Tin Shop building, completed this year when Reed installed a new entry door. Another went to Gilbert and Melody Lopez for their restorations of the building housing their businesses, Impulse and Body Fit, located next door to Margaret Matthews’ Case Building.

Harlem Ambassadors play locally Thursday

November 17, 2010 CAVE CITY — The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will play the Batesville Cold Storage All-Stars at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cave City High School gymnasium, said Ken Anderson, president of the board of Spring River Adult/Child Services.Proceeds from the game will be matched by Modern Woodmen of America up to $500; all proceeds will go to Spring River Adult/Child Services to help raise funds for domestic violence awareness and prevention.

Museum hosts ‘Electrified’

November 17, 2010 The electric guitar was invented to be heard among the brass instruments of the big band era, but it soon took on a sound and life of its own.During a free screening of “Electrified: The Guitar Revolution” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Old Independence Regional Museum, audience members will see how this assemblage of wood, wire and metal ignited a new era of music, transformed background musicians into guitar heroes and became a symbol of freedom and rebellion.

Committee slashes requests

November 17, 2010 It was number-crunching time with the Independence County Parks and Recreation Committee Monday night.With grant requests for 2011 totaling $441,389.33 and a projected sales tax revenue of only $243,582, the committee got down to a line-by-line review of requests from some 54 nonprofit groups.There were two large grant requests made in the early minutes of the 2 1/2 hour meeting: $39,570 for the Independence County Shooting Sports Complex and $149,132.80 by the parks and recreation division of the city of Batesville.

U.S. cattle numbers keep on shrinking

November 17, 2010 The U.S. beef cow herd has decreased 12 of the last 14 years, dropping from a cyclical peak of 35.3 million head in 1996 to the January, 2010 level of 31.3 million head. This represents the smallest beef cow herd since 1963.Combined with smaller dairy cow numbers, the 2010 calf crop is expected to be 35.4 million head, the smallest U.S. calf crop since 1950. Total U.S. cattle inventory has decreased by almost 10 million head since 1996 to the January, 2010 level of 93.7 million head, the smallest cattle inventory since 1959.

Several alternatives to raking leaves discussed

November 17, 2010 Tired of raking your leaves each fall? Tired of keeping the blower in shape to blow at hurricane force?There are several other alternatives that you might consider. Mowing might be the easiest alternative. A couple of passes with the mower will break the leaves down into small pieces.The leaf residue will be evident after mowing, but it will sift into the turf within a few weeks and will be unnoticeable in the spring.

ASU Department of Music to present Madrigal Feaste

November 17, 2010 JONESBORO — In the style of Merrie Olde England with costumes, decorations, comedy and fanfare, the Arkansas State University Choirs will present the 11th Madrigal Feaste at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2-4 in the Grand Hall of ASU’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.

Single parents net scholarships

November 17, 2010 The Independence County Single Parent Scholarship committee recently awarded 10 scholarships to local students for the fall 2010 session.Those awarded were Billie Jean Durham, Brittnie Henderson, Chad Hunter, Stephanie Jackson, Kelly Jones, Emy Mathis, Shanikn Tate, Barbara Taylor and Debbie Webster.A special scholarship went to Hope Morin, who received the award from Furniture and Appliances Now. Ed Martin, manager of FAN, presented the check to Morin, who is a nursing student at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Robotics team places first in competition

November 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas School for Math-ematics, Sciences and the Arts robotics team received four first place awards at the Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology Robotics Competition in Little Rock on Nov. 6.BEST Robotics is a competition for middle and high school teams who are given seven weeks to design, build and drive a robot to perform an assigned task. ASMSA won the BEST award, which is presented to the team that best embodies the concept of Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology.

Students participate in poetry slam

November 17, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — About 30 Southside High School students, parents and public attended a poetry reading on Main Street in Batesville Nov. 9 to honor four published poets and hear works from several others.The Southside High School Creative Writing Club sponsored the event at The Cinnamon Stick Coffee and Sandwich Shop. Writers Cathlena Canard, Sam Comer, Haylee Daniels and Matt Krogen read their works published in the 2010 issue of the Arkansas Anthology.