Blanchard Springs Caverns sets programs

July 23, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is insects, and programs are:

Dog walk time changes

July 23, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County’s Dog Walking Club has moved its meeting time to an even earlier time, 7:30 a.m. The club meets every Wednesday at the Batesville North Complex and is seeking volunteers to help walk a shelter dog. Call Lynn Makarick at (870) 251-4145 or Sue Augustus (870) 307-5305 for more details or “to just let them know you’ll be there so they can bring the perfect dog for you,” according to a news release.

Ozarka to offer GED test

July 23, 2010 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 and 17 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 Annex Courtroom, Aug. 20 and 31;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Aug. 2 and 16;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Aug. 5 and 10;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Aug. 18 and 30.

Mtn. View bank makes pledge

July 23, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozarka College has received a pledge from Ozark Heritage Bank for the Ozarka College Mountain View Expansion Fund.Ozarka President Dr. Richard Dawe said the bank will sponsor the Student Center and Cyber Café in the new Student and Nursing Center Building. He met with bank CEO Ron Sims to receive the pledge.Groundbreaking is scheduled for Aug. 10 and construction is set to begin in early fall on the 10,475-square-foot facility.

UACCB campus goes tobacco free

July 23, 2010 Smoking and use of other tobacco products will be prohibited on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus starting Aug. 1.The Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009 was passed during the last legislative session and requires all college and university campuses in Arkansas to be smoke free by Aug. 1. UACCB’s administration had already taken steps to move to a smoke-free campus during the last two years and felt that in support of a safe and healthy learning and working environment, it was the appropriate time to move to a tobacco-free campus.

Clarification

July 23, 2010 A story that ran in Monday’s edition of the Batesville Daily Guard titled “Smith finds new high” talked about the life of Rhonda Smith and her battle with drugs. The article mentions ex-husband Eddie Ray Smith, among others.Mr. Smith contacted the Guard to explain he no longer has an addiction and has been clean for 23 years. He has been a truck driver for 23 years and is subject to mandatory drug testing.The Guard wants it reporting to be fair and accurate. We apologize for any problems this story may have caused Mr. Smith.

Heber Springs, Bryant to speak about complexes

July 23, 2010 Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson and Bryant Parks Director Jeremy Lemons will be on hand Monday to discuss the parks and recreation complexes in their respective cities.The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “business after hours” at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville so chamber members may learn more about the Moving Batesville Forward task force’s proposed park and recreation facilities.

Melbourne School Board to meet

July 23, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will review commodity and propane bids for the 2010-11 year when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Superintendent Gerald Cooper said.  Meetings are held at the district administration building at 303 School Drive and are open to the public.

AARP members to hear about ‘Elder Law’

July 23, 2010 The Batesville AARP chapter will meet Tuesday at Western Sizzlin’.The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. David Wilson will speak on “Elder Law.”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. For more information, call (870) 266-3661 for more information.

Council to consider taxback resolution, condemnations

July 23, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to consider a taxback resolution for North Arkansas Furniture Manufacturing. The agenda also includes the third and final reading of an ordinance to amend the Batesville Zoning Code, reports from Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn and Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.There will also be a public hearing for condemnations on properties located at 355 20th, 1556 Lee, 2450 Case and 2411 Case streets.