Flood Insurance deadline nears

February 9, 2010 Independence County residents and business owners who do not have flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect, according to a news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.The new flood insurance rate maps show locations of floodplains and floodways that pose risks for homes and businesses.“Property owners need to know that this could mean a change in their floodplain status,” said Tony Russell, a regional FEMA administrator.

2nd Friday, TCF canceled

February 9, 2010 Due to anticipated inclement weather, all 2nd Friday Downtown Wonder and Wander Walk events and activities are canceled in Batesville. 2nd Friday will resume on March 12.   Also, the regular meeting of The Compassionate Friends North Central Arkansas chapter, set for tonight in Batesville, has also been canceled. The group normally meets the second Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 9 at the Citizens Bank Annex.

Civil War group to hear about nurse known as ‘Mother’

February 9, 2010 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.The Rev. David Wesley will present a program entitled “Mary Ball ‘Mother’ Bickerdyke.”Wesley, who will celebrate in March his 20th year of service as pastor of Salado Baptist Church, is a native of southern Illinois. He was one of the re-enactors featured in “North and South.” Wesley’s wife, Jan, had her picture taken with Patrick Swayze while they were on the set during the 1985 filiming of the movie at Natchez, Miss.

Voting machines to be inspected

February 9, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday with representatives from Election Systems and Software (ES&S).The ES&S and the commission will conduct a routine maintenance inspection of all the county’s voting equipment to guarantee that each unit is functioning properly prior to the 2010 primary election. Any upgrades to the programming and tabulation software as well as to the system firmware will be made at this time. This inspection may require additional days to be completed.

GOP women to hear candidate

February 9, 2010 The Independence County Republican Women will sponsor a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Batesville.Paul White of Mountain View, a candidate for Arkansas State Senate, District 10, will be the guest speaker.District 10 includes a portion of Independence County and all of Stone, Izard, Sharp, Fulton and Randolph counties.The event is open to the public.

Mining, roads dominate meeting

February 9, 2010 MELBOURNE — A number of people against frac sand mining made their concerns known when they met with Izard County officials last Tuesday night.Tammy Trotter, a member of Friends of the Mill and Piney Creeks, urged justices of the peace to exercise authority to “protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens.”

Luncheon is Feb. 26

February 9, 2010 The date for Citizens Bank’s fifth annual Go Red for Women Luncheon is set for Feb. 26 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. According to Janelle Shell, one of the organizers of the event, the Go Red For Women Committee, made up of 20 women in the community, has been meeting for several months.

MOD Walk set for April

February 9, 2010 If March of Dimes had an “image,” Robert Foster wouldn’t fit it.Standing at around 6 feet tall, Foster, who often wears a black leather vest and boots and rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle, isn’t the first person one would associate with the March of Dimes, an organization that for more than 30 years has funded research and community programs to help mothers have full-term pregnancies and children have healthy lives.

SkyCam lets viewers see Hardy live

February 9, 2010 HARDY — The KAIT Storm Team descended upon downtown Hardy Friday afternoon, trying to help stir up a storm of tourism.Meterologists Ryan Vaughan, Sarah Tipton and Justin Logan, along with KAIT vice president/general manager Tim Ingram and Mayor Nina Thornton, officially turned on a 24-hour weather camera.Thornton had the tourist-boosting idea on a hot day; it was dedicated on a cold one. So cold, in fact, those gathering early to await the Storm Team’s arrival kept joking about finding a barrel, firewood and matches so they could start a fire to warm themselves.

News of Other Days

February 8, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 24, 1997.73 YEARS AGOSheriff Loyd Allen today successfully participated in his first still raid with the assistance of J.R. Jones and Lee Kidd, investigators. A still was found about three-fourths of a mile from Huff, south of Batesville on Highway 11, in the operation of cooking up a batch of mountain drinking water.