Batesville drops charter

October 16, 2009 Batesville Schools’ hopes of being approved for a $350,000 charter grant will have to wait.In an effort to gain more public support and input, the district has decided not to apply for the five-year trial grant for its junior high, which, if approved by the State Board of Education, would have gone into effect in the 2010-11 school year.While the benefits of a charter status is something the district stands behind, Superintendent Ted Hall also understands the importance of having a community standing behind what it sees as something positive for both students and teachers.

Eagle Mtn. takes title

October 16, 2009 Second in the state, 11th in the nation, first in the world. It’s been quite a year for the Eagle Mountain Magnet archery team. Just ask Susan Parker. “It wasn’t what I expected, that’s for sure,” the coach said with a laugh when asked about her team’s first-year success.On Sunday the group of more than 20 archers won the National Archery in the Schools Program world tournament in Orlando, Fla., beating out more than 500 other archers from 18 states and Canada with a score of 3,149 points out of a possible 3,600, including 106 bull’s-eyes.

News of Other Days

October 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 28, 1996. 

Bikers invited on 300-mile free ride

October 15, 2009 Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to participate in a 300-mile, all-day ride through some of the most beautiful country in Arkansas on Saturday by being at Hawg’s Exxon in Batesville about 8 a.m. The riders will leave at 9. The ride is free.“We’ll ride to Cliff House south of Jasper on Highway 7,” Barnett said. “We’ll eat at Cliff House. Then we will take Highway 14 and come back through Snowball to (highway) 65. It’s about 150 miles up there and 150 back.

Batesville to recognize leaders; board to meet

October 15, 2009 Batesville Schools will recognize area businesses, law enforcement, community leaders and West Magnet Elementary archery team world champions with a luncheon and presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at West Magnet Elementary.Directly following the recognitions, the school board will meet for its regular monthly meeting, which is being held earlier so Superintendent Ted Hall and members can attend the Arkansas School Boards Association meeting in White County later that evening. West is located at 850 Hill St. Meetings are open to the public.

Committee looks at sheriff’s budget

October 15, 2009  The Independence County Sheriff’s Office budget came under scrutiny Tuesday night by the county’s law enforcement committee, made up of quorum court members.The sheriff’s proposed county budget for 2010 totaled $1,180,663. Most recent figures show that the sheriff’s department has spent 78 percent of its 2009 budget of $1,260,345.After a review of the 2010 budget proposal, and asking questions about several line items, committee chairman Waymon Long told Sheriff Keith Bowers, “I feel you are about $10,000 fat, but I don’t think you are way out of line.”

Strawberry River DAR

October 15, 2009 HORSESHOE BEND — Friends and members of the Strawberry River Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered on Oct. 10 at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend to celebrate the chapter’s 30 years of membership in the national society.

Ozarka’s Active Living students complete courses

October 15, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Students who completed the Active Living Every Day (ALED) course at Ozarka College during the past summer and fall semesters met to receive certificates of completion at a luncheon Sept. 28. The ALED course was offered to people over the age of 60 in the Mountain View area. These courses were funded through a Health Aging grant funded by the National Council on Aging.

Women’s conference plan

October 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Church of Christ will hold a women’s conference Oct. 23 and 24 entitled “Rock this House.”Times are from 6:30 to 9:30 Oct. 23 and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24. Snacks will be available. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call (870) 994-2430.Guest speaker will be Kelly Minter, singer, songwriter, author, inspirational speaker and missionary comes from Nashville, Tenn. Her latest book, “No Other Gods,” was written to be a Bible study. To learn more, visit

Harding to present musical ‘Scrooge’ Oct. 30-31

October 15, 2009 SEARCY — Harding University will usher in the holiday season with a comical ghost story for all ages, featuring this year’s homecoming musical, “Scrooge,” at 8 p.m. Oct. 30-31 in Benson Auditorium.Producer Cindee Stockstill and director Robin Miller described this year’s musical as a “moving storyline that is very enjoyable and fun with uplifting music.”