Study shows what is needed for parks

May 4, 2010 The city of Batesville should hire a parks director to apply for grants, land acquisition and more. That was one of the recommendations by the University of Arkansas Recreation and Sport Management Graduate Program semester-long study of the city’s parks and recreation facilities. The city agreed to dole out more than $12,000 to create a comprehensive plan for the parks department. Now the question is this: Will the city move forward with any of it?

Emergency drill planned

May 4, 2010 Emergency responders in Batesville will participate in a full scale emergency exercise in the juvenile court room at the Jess B. Carpenter Building Thursday morning, according to Glen Willis, director of the Office of Emergency Management. Willis said the fictional exercise will simulate a mock court room attack with staged crime scenes and volunteers acting as victims will be treated by emergency medical responders.

ASP to address drug trafficking, organized crime

May 3, 2010 The Region 3 Prevention Taskforce meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Health Resources of Arkansas Administration Building, located at 25 Gap Road in Batesville. Lt. Jerry O. Digman of the Arkansas State Police will be the speaker. Digman has 34 years of law enforcement experience, with 23 years of experience in criminal investigations. He currently works as an administrative assistant to the criminal investigation division’s commander, commander of the statewide special investigation unit and the methamphetamine coordinator.

Sandbar patrol nets drug bust

May 3, 2010 In what is described as the first of a regular event, an Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy made a drug bust on the White River Sandbar Thursday night using a new all terrain multi-purpose vehicle. Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was patrolling the sandbar in the department’s new 4X4 Front Runner around 10 p.m. when he encountered two men using drugs and alcohol.

26 students to graduate from Concord next week

May 3, 2010 CONCORD — Concord High School graduation will be at 7 p.m. May 14 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Twenty-six students will graduate. Valedictorian is Caitlin Brackett. She has been active in the Art Club, Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America and participates in after-school taekwondo. She has received several awards, including the Arkansas Scholar Award. She plans to pursue a degree in anthropology at Lyon College in Batesville. Her career plans include using her degree in the field doing cultural research.

Day of prayer set

May 3, 2010 The 59th Annual National Day of Prayer will be Thursday. The theme this year is “Prayer for Such a Time as This” and is based on Nahum 1:7 in the Old Testament of the Bible, which states: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” The local observance will be at noon Thursday at the Batesville Municipal Building. Local leaders will lead prayers for the city, state and nation. John 3:16 Ministries will serve a free fish lunch beginning at 11 a.m. for all those attending the prayer service. The event is open to the public.

Prayer shawl group to meet

May 3, 2010 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

Benefit account set up

May 3, 2010 An account for donations has been set up at Bank of America for the Jeff and Laura Price Richardson family. The account number is 487002232075 and is listed as “Marjorie Turner for Jaden Richardson.” The couple’s son, Jaden, was born April 26. Born 12 weeks early, he weighed 2 pounds and 14 ounces. He was transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. He now has bleeding on his brain. Donations may also be mailed to Jaden Richardson, C/O Marjorie Turner, 985 Walnut Grove Road, Newark, AR 72562.

AARP executive meeting set

May 3, 2010 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex. Committee reports will be given. This event is open to committee members and AARP members.


May 3, 2010 Incorrect information was provided for a birth announcement that ran in Wednesday’s Guard. Grandparents of Natalie Anne Branum are James and Denise Burnett of Batesville.