Burn ban lifted

November 17, 2010 Independence County Judge Bill Hicks has lifted the county-wide burn ban implemented in October.The lift of the ban came following significant rainfall overnight Monday and Tuesday.

FVP selling coupon books

November 17, 2010 Family Violence Prevention now has available a Super Saver Gift Book containing more than $1,100 worth of certificates from 33 Batesville area merchants.The cost is $34.95. The book contains buy one, get one free coupons from area restaurants as well as coupons for health and beauty, car services, golf and other items.All certificates are valid until Nov. 30, 2011.Volunteers are currently calling area residents with information about the book. The book will be delivered within an hour of placing an order.

Optimists to honor teens

November 17, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin. The club will be honoring Laken McCoy and Aaron Freemire, seniors at Cedar Ridge High School as November Teens of the Month. There will also be a report on the Parallel District Conference recently held in Dallas.“All members are encouraged to attend and anyone wishing to learn more about what the Optimist Club does to Bring out the Best in Kids in our local area are invited to attend as well,” Chris Black said.

BHS presents drama

November 17, 2010 The Batesville High School drama department will present the who-done-it mystery play by Peter Gordon titled “Murdered to Death.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at the old Batesville Middle School gymnasium on Water Street. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students.

Portraits for Pets offered

November 17, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County is having its annual Portraits for Pets on Dec. 4, beginning at 10 a.m., at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.Matthews Photography is offering many different photo package choices, as well as Christmas cards, and no sitting fee. All proceeds go to support the humane society. One doesn’t even have to have a pet to take advantage of this portrait offer, according to a news release. To book a session, call either (870) 698-1265 or (870) 613-3045.

Midland appoints Grider

November 17, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — James Grider has been appointed to the Midland School Board, filling a vacancy left by vice president Clint McCance who resigned last month following comments he made about homosexuals on a social-networking website.The board appointed Grider to the seven-member board on Monday to serve on the remaining 10-month seat until next year’s school board elections in September.Grider, who had previously served on the board until 2009, seemed like the best fit for what the board wanted, Superintendent Dean Stanley told the Guard.

Townsends raising money for gifts for foster children

November 17, 2010 Townsends of Arkansas Inc. will host a fundraiser in order to provide Christmas gifts for foster children in and around Independence County.There is a shortage of foster homes in this area, and those who host foster children in their homes often struggle financially to provide for them, according to a news release. A benefit will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at S&S Liquidations in Batesville.

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.