H1N1 vaccine for high risk only

October 28, 2009 The Independence County Health Department and local volunteers are gearing up for flu shot clinics at two sites this year, and they say swine flu vaccines will be available only to “high risk groups.”Sonia Nix, administrator at the health department, said that while the seasonal flu vaccine will be available for everyone, the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine will be for the following: pregnant women, children ages 6 months to 4 years old, and children age 5 to 18 who have underlying medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes.

News of Other Days

October 27, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 7, 1996.

FCB to purchase Mtn. Home bank

October 27, 2009 First Community Bank will soon open a 14th banking location, this time in Mountain Home.The bank board recently approved the purchase of the Mountain Home branch of Community First National Bank located at 310 Highway 62 East, pending regulatory approval.First Community Bank was founded in 1997 in Batesville and currently operates 10 locations in Arkansas including Independence, White, Sharp and Lonoke counties. The bank also operates a mortgage production office in Craighead County and three Missouri locations in McDonald and Newton counties.

Broadwater chosen top faculty

October 27, 2009 Dennis Broadwater, tutoring coordinator at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, was named UACCB’s Outstanding Faculty member. Broadwater was recognized at a dinner during the Arkansas Association of Two Year College’s Fall Conference held recently in Hot Springs. Broadwater attended the conference with Deborah J. Frazier, chancellor, and Brian Berry, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student services.

UACCB’s Dunaway is Academic All-Star

October 27, 2009 Shelby Dunaway of Ash Flat was named the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Academic All-Star.Dunaway was one of 22 Academic All-Stars recognized during a brunch as part of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges Fall Conference in Hot Springs. Dunaway will receive a $500 scholarship to UACCB and upon graduation she will be eligible for a transfer scholarship to any public four-year institution in the state.

BHS reschedules band event

October 27, 2009 The annual Region VIII marching band assessment hosted by the Batesville High Pioneer band has been rescheduled for Monday at Pioneer Stadium. The Hoxie High School band will kick off the event at 4:05 p.m. followed by performances from Paragould, Westside, Nettleton and Blytheville, among others. Batesville will close the judging event with a performance at 8:05. 

Tickets still available

October 27, 2009 Tickets are still available for Friday’s Rockin’ for a Reason concert on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall.Danny Dozier and The Lockhouse Orchestra will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and play for about two hours. All proceeds will go toward construction of the new nursing and allied health building. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, the Batesville Daily Guard and UACCB or by calling (870) 612-2017.

City may amend claims policy, vacate part of subdivision

October 27, 2009 The Batesville City Council will meet tonight at 5:30 at city hall. The agenda includes an ordinance to amend the water/sewer damage claims policy, an ordinance to grant a partial vacation of the Mountain Ridge Subdivision, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.The council will hear a budget request from the airport commission and a presentation from the chamber of commerce, recognize the Eagle Mountain Archery Team and consider a water meter outside city limits at 275 White Drive.

Weatherman installed

October 27, 2009 Dr. Donald V. Weatherman was installed as Lyon College’s 17th president Saturday afternoon in an inauguration ceremony held in Couch Garden. Under bright sunshine and blue skies, Raymond A. LaCroix Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees, read the charge from the board and then, assisted by Frank Lyon Jr., trustee and chairman of the presidential search committee, presented the presidential medallion to Weatherman as a symbol of his investiture.

Sisters had humor, wit

October 27, 2009 During Saturday’s announcement of a major gift to Old Independence Regional Museum from the Kathleen Barnes and Fonteen Simmons Trust Fund, Nelson Barnett, who knew the sisters well, gave some insight into their personalities and character.“Fonteen worked about 40 years at the store (Barnett Brothers Department Store). She was a good teacher and a fun person,” he said. “She was a good person to listen to people.”