Family & Friends Briefs

January 14, 2009 Book signings planned Two book signings have been scheduled in Batesville for Sam Taggart, author of "We All Hear Voices." He will be at Hastings from 6-8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Paper Chase Book Store. Taggart lives in Hot Springs.

Area Briefs

January 14, 2009 Graffiti leads to felony warrant A Batesville man who wouldn't name his accomplices in a spray painting spree in the Rosie area is facing felony criminal mischief charges. According to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk's Office, someone spray painted a River Ridge Road sign and the side of the Rosie grocery store the night of July 16, 2008.

Southside selects new superintendent

January 14, 2009 SOUTHSIDE - Southside School District will have a new superintendent this fall, but he is a familiar face. Roger Rich, who has been assistant superintendent at Southside for eight years, will replace Superintendent Dan Foley, who is retiring after 20 years with the district.

Library to begin search

January 14, 2009 The library is considering a move. The Independence County Library Board met Tuesday morning, and among the topics of discussion was the facility's space, currently located in downtown Batesville.

Clerk robbed

January 14, 2009 Kristy Stewart was working the overnight shift at Exxon Tiger Mart at Southside around midnight Tuesday when things went from routine kitchen chores to facing a shotgun in the hands of a masked man. "Kristy said she was in the back getting breakfast stuff ready when she heard the door open," Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens said.

Council ups garbage tipping fees

January 14, 2009 Garbage pickup fees will soon be going up in the city of Batesville. The current rate for residential customers is $10.50. Tuesday night, the city council raised garbage fees to $12 a month per home, except for residents age 65 or older or who have a household income of under $10,000 annually. For those who meet such requirements and provide proof, the fee is $8.50.

City to seek 1-cent tax

January 14, 2009 Groceries have gone up. Cable bills have gone up. Phone, electricity, gas - the prices of any products or services have gone up in the last nine years. Except for the city of Batesville's wastewater services.

News of other days

January 13, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 25, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Batesville, the town that gave the University of Arkansas its great basketball and football player, Tom Murphy, has sent another goal shooting basketeer to the Razorbacks. He is Don Lockard, a sophomore forward on this year's Porker team.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 13, 2009 Life Lights program raises funds for patient care Life Lights, the annual holiday fundraising campaign to benefit patient care at White River Health System (WRHS) facilities, raised over $11,000 for the purchase of medical technology, according to a news release.

Area Briefs

January 13, 2009 UACCB, Bethel A.M.E. to host Martin Luther King celebration In August 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech. On Sunday, this year's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be "a dream come true," according to Willene Harper, who has helped coordinate the celebrations for 30 years.