Lincoln addresses chamber members

March 1, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce held its first Prime Time Business Expo, along with an awards program Saturday night at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln served as guest speaker for the awards program and bragged on the community spirit of cooperation found throughout Independence County.Lincoln also elaborated on the dedication and work ethics of local citizens and the progressive efforts they are putting forth for business growth in the county.

Russell resigns, Gleghorn is interim fire chief

March 1, 2010 Danny Russell has resigned his position as Batesville’s fire chief.Mayor Rick Elumbaugh told the Guard that Russell’s resignation was effective Friday, and Assistant Chief Brent Gleghorn has been named the interim chief.“We will be starting an immediate search for a new fire chief,” Elumbaugh said. “We are going to do a search in house and outside, looking for the most qualified person.”

Murder charges filed following fight

March 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — A fight between two men in Pleasant Grove resulted in one of them being shot to death, according to Special Agent Dennis Simons of the Arkansas State Police.In an affidavit accompanying formal charges of second-degree murder against Jody Nelson, 45, Simons identified the victim as 21-year-old Randy Matney.The victim lived in the same house as Nelson and several others.

Florida’s southern Gulf offers giant fish, unrivaled scenery

February 26, 2010 Like gems strung on a glittering necklace, Florida’s southern Gulf of Mexico offers unrivaled scenery, great fishing and activities for the whole family. The only things that are missing are high costs and crowds. Charlotte Harbor is a huge inlet surrounded by a jumble of towns located between Sarasota and Fort Myers on the west coast. Whether you stop in Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Boca Grande or Englewood, you are in the right place.

Record number of bears harvested in state

February 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Hunters took a record number of bears during the 2009-10 Arkansas bear season. Over 530 bears were harvested.The total was over 130 more bears than the second highest total, from the 2007-08 season. The totals were presented to commissioners of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission during its recent monthly meeting.

Cave City Bass Club elects new secretary, finalizes plan for year

February 26, 2010 CAVE CITY — Eleven anglers signed up Monday for the Cave City Bass Club’s 2010 season, and a tournament schedule was set, tourney director Ron Watkins said.Clark Neal was elected to replace longtime secretary Jerry McCall, who did not want the position this season.The first tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13 on Greers Ferry Lake, out of Hill Creek Ramp.

Bassmasters set 2010 tournament schedule

February 26, 2010 The Batesville Bassmasters’ first tournament of the year will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6 on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Landing, reported Colin Patterson, secretary.

The BHS Band as I remember it 72 years ago

February 26, 2010 Editor’s note: Don Heuer of Batesville gave this picture to Keith Matthews, director of the Batesville High School Band. It was passed along by Matthews with the help of Camille Beary, assistant director of Mabee-Simpson Library.Mr. Bruce was the first band director. We were few in numbers. Later, Mr. Hartley took on the task.We grew in numbers under Mr. Hartley’s direction. We sold Christmas cards to buy our uniforms; also we had to furnish our own instruments.

Archaeology event to honor culture

February 26, 2010 JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Museum and the Arkansas Archeological Survey will host a free archeological event in the main museum gallery on the Jonesboro campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6, according to a news release.

Meeting set

February 26, 2010 The Batesville AARP chapter will hold an executive meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the community room of the Citizens Bank annex.The meeting is open to all AARP and committee members.