Forced to retire, some take early Social Security

August 9, 2010 MIAMI (AP) — Paul Skidmore’s office is shuttered, his job gone, his 18-month job search fruitless and his unemployment benefits exhausted. So at 63, he plans to file this week for Social Security benefits, three years earlier than planned.“All I want to do is work,” said Skidmore, of Finksburg, Md., who was an insurance claims adjuster for 37 years before his company downsized and closed his office last year. “And nobody will hire me.”

State program to help with utilities closed

August 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A statewide program that helped poor Arkansas residents with their utility bills has closed after using all of its funds earlier than expected.The program was run through the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association and dispersed about $10 million to nearly 74,000 households in less than a month, executive director Rose Adams said.After an initial surge of applications, the state Department of Human Services told the association to close the program after only 10 days and to reserve the rest of its money for crisis funding, Adams said.

Mtn. Home group finalizes plans for Moore simulcast

August 9, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — Author and Bible teacher Beth Moore will speak at LifeWay Women’s Living Proof Live simulcast event Sept. 18, and the event will be broadcast in Mountain Home at First Baptist Church’s sanctuary, 400 Club Blvd., thanks to the dedication of “Joy in the Morning” Christian Women’s Community Bible Study.The nondenominational group “Joy in the Morning Christian Women’s Community Bible Study” began in September 2007.  It has grown to more than 50 women who meet each Tuesday morning from 9-11 to study, fellowship and reach out to the community.

Dance workshop offered

August 9, 2010 The North Arkansas Dance Theatre, a nonprofit organizaion will be holding its annual Dance Intensive Workshop on Friday and Saturday at the Batesville Ballet, Etc., 206 E. Main St., for dancers in the fourth grade and up with at least two years of dance training. NADT is bringing in guest teachers from Cabot and Fort Worth. This workshop will emphasize technique in ballet, jazz, modern/lyrical and toning with two free tap classes for anyone interested.

Church to host quartet

August 9, 2010 OXFORD — The Kingsmen Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oxford Baptist Church. Donations will be taken.

Reception to honor Willison

August 9, 2010 Citizens Bank of Batesville will host a drop-in reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday to welcome new Batesville School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison to the area. The event is open to the public and will be at the bank’s main branch at 200 S. Third St.


August 9, 2010 An article in Friday’s edition of the Guard about Jonas Anderson seeking election to the Cave City mayor’s position contained two typographical errors. Anderson’s website is at and he was recently elected by his colleagues to serve as 2010-11 president of the University of Arkansas Community College campus Staff Senate organization.

AARP members to have lunch

August 9, 2010 The Batesville AARP chapter will meet Tuesday at Western Sizzlin.The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. Dennis Wilson, an attorney from Little Rock will present a program on “Elder Law.” Wilson is only one of two attorneys in Arkansas who is certified in Elder Law. He said there are examples where persons have saved thousands of dollars after having listened to this program.The event is open to the public. The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to anyone age 55 and older.

Concord council to meet

August 9, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the Concord Community Center to discuss scheduling a city-wide yard sale, said Mayor Warren J. “Buck” Rone.The aldermen will also conduct routine monthly business including departmental reports and a review of current bills.

JPs to discuss policy

August 9, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the main courtroom in the county courthouse in Ash Flat to hear from James Estes concerning personnel policy changes, according to an agenda for the meeting.The court will also hear from Roger Delffs and Dave Daughtery concerning conservation and management regulations.A petition for reimbursement of expenditures will also be considered and elected officials’ monthly reports will be reviewed.