Barnett, Bryant recognized

November 11, 2009 Two members were honored Friday at the Batesville Kiwanis Club meeting. Kiwanis Gov. Mike Grimes and Lt. Gov. Jerry Carlew of the Missouri-Arkansas District presented the awards for perfect attendance for 63 years to Donnie Bryant and 58 years to Jim Barnett.

History contest announced

November 11, 2009 The Daughters of the American Revolution is again sponsoring the American History Essay Contest, according to a news release. The contest is for public, private and home-schooled students. The top three winners in each grade from each school (or home in the case of home-schooled students) will be invited to a luncheon at a local restaurant and may be accompanied by their teachers, principals and parents. The students’ lunch will be paid by the Independence County DAR chapter.

State board denies 3 charter school applications

November 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education has rejected three more applications for new charter schools in the state.The votes Tuesday bring to six the number of charter plans rejected by the board this week. The board has approved only a plan to expand the Knowledge is Power Program in Blytheville.Those turned down Tuesday include proposed charter schools in Little Rock, McNeil and Gillett. On Monday the board denied charter applications for schools in Fayetteville, Springdale and West Memphis.

Near-record soybean harvest seen

November 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ soybean farmers are on pace for a harvest that would be the largest in the state in three decades.Despite mold, worms and drenching rains that led to federal disaster declarations — the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects the soybean crop at more than 128 million bushels.That would be the highest yield since a record 144 million bushels 30 years ago.

Weight loss group to meet

November 11, 2009 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.There is no planned speaker, so the group will just have an open discussion. Anyone wishing to bring favorite holiday recipes to share is invited to do so, said Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the White River Surgery Clinic (formerly known as North Arkansas Center for Surgical Weight Control). For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

Council honors team

November 11, 2009 The Batesville City Council had a short agenda Monday night, with regular business amounting to a couple resolutions, reports and a decision to put up some street lights.Among the business, the council:• recognized the Batesville Lady Pioneers cross country team for winning the 2009 5A state championship. The team has won the championship six years in a row (see story and photos on the front page of Monday’s Guard).

City holds health fair

November 11, 2009 The city of Batesville recently hosted its first City Employee Health and Wellness Fair.

Schoolchildren remember veterans

November 11, 2009 A letter proving to Billie Jett of Batesville that appreciation for World War II veterans is still alive in younger generations arrived at her house early Monday, lifting her spirits tremendously.Addressed to her late husband, Bill Jett, it was from a public school student in Oklahoma.

Veterans event set for Saturday

November 11, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte will host its fourth annual Veterans Day appreciation dinner Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.Veterans and their spouses will eat steak, while other guests who attend will have pork loin with all the trimmings.The veterans will stand up and state their names and in which branch they served. They may wear their uniforms, if they choose.

Honoring our Veterans

November 11, 2009 Sam BellerU.S. Army Captain Captain Beller was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kan. and with the U.S. Army Artillery in South Korea.