Museum presents awards

December 9, 2009 Noted historian David Lowenthal once said, “History in isolation is barren and lifeless; relics mean only what history and memory convey.”Old Independence Regional Museum is striving to do more than convey some old memories — it works to breathe life and create tangible exhibits for visitors to immerse themselves in.A total of 6,314 volunteer hours were recorded at Old Independence Regional Museum for 2009 — and nearly one-sixth were recorded by one person, Twyla Gill Wright.

Water quality among best

December 9, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Finished water processed by the Southside Public Water Authority is among the very best in the state, Manager John Richardson told its board of directors Tuesday.The Arkansas Department of Health compiles turbidity data on all surface water plants in the state to determine the quality of water produced by the plants, Richardson said.

City employees to receive bonus

December 9, 2009 In spite of economic hard times across the country, the city of Batesville is ending its fiscal year on a positive note.During its regular meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh told the city council and several employees in attendance that as of January 2010, the city will be switching its insurance carrier.The change from a private carrier back to the Arkansas Municipal League will save the city $225,000 a year, Elumbaugh said. The council voted to pay January’s premiums now in order for employees to enter the new year with full coverage in effect.

News of Other Days

December 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 23, 1996.

5 two-year colleges make list

December 8, 2009  LITTLE ROCK – Five Arkansas two-year colleges were recently named among the “Fastest-Growing Public Two-Year Colleges” by Community College Week.

Alcohol, drug arrests made – Theft also reported

December 8, 2009 Three people were arrested on either alcohol- or drug-related charges over the weekend, according to Independence County authorities.Deputy Michael Darr said he was patrolling on East Harrison Street around 3 a.m. Friday when he came up behind a red Dodge Durango swerving between the yellow and white lines on the highway before it suddenly sped away, reaching a top speed of about 70 miles per hour.

Townsley named to lotto board

December 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Connie Townsley of Batesville, White River Petroleum, has been named to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s Retailer Advisory Board. Townsley is one of 10 Arkansas retailers appointed to the board by Arkansas Lottery Commission Chairman Ray Thornton. These appointments were recently confirmed by the entire commission.

Ozarka is closer to expansion

December 8, 2009 Melbourne — In October of this year, Ozarka College officials announced preliminary planning for expansion at the Mountain View facility, after the College’s Board of Trustees had unanimously approved a resolution to provide construction funding through institutional bond restructure at their quarterly meeting held in September.

Hastings to host ‘Southern Girls’ signing

December 8, 2009 A book signing for “Open before Christmas: Holiday Tales from Six Southern Gals” will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings bookstore in Batesville. Linda Creech Moser of Batesville and Charlene Creech of Jonesboro, two of the six authors of “Open Before Christmas” will sign their book that is a collection of Christmas stories, poems and “recipoems.”

AHPP to host history walks

December 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s “Walks Through History” and “Sandwiching in History” tours will visit historic properties across the state during 2010, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced.In the “Walks Through History” program, AHPP historians each month provide free guided walking tours of historic structures and districts across Arkansas. The tours all begin at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The 2010 schedule includes: