Church offers candelight service

December 21, 2010 First Baptist Church in Batesville will host a Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. FridayThe church is located at the intersection of Main and Sixth streets.There will be a brief family-oriented service including musical presentations, children, and the Christmas story in a fresh, new way, according to a news release. The event is open to the public.

Recycling center sets schedule

December 21, 2010 In observance of the New Year’s holiday, the Independence County Recycling Center will be closed on Dec. 31.All city recycling routes that are normally picked up on Friday will be picked up on Dec. 30.In addition, all county offices will be closed on Dec. 30-31.

Fight leads to drug arrest

December 21, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A fight Sunday led to the arrest of a Ravenden man on drug charges and the issuing of an arrest warrant for the other man involved, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.“The arrest came after deputies responded to a 911 call of a fight in progress at a residence off County Road 106 near Ravenden,” Dotson said.When the deputies arrived they found 41-year-old Jerry Forshey who was bloody from a fight, he said.

Census tallies released

December 21, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state of Arkansas will be keeping its four seats in the House of Representatives, after new U.S. Census numbers were released this morning.The nation’s population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a decade ago, according to the Census Bureau. The growth rate for the past decade was 9.7 percent, a slower pace than the 13.2 percent population increase from 1990 to 2000.

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.