Progress edition coming

April 23, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will again publish its Progress edition this summer.The edition is published every five years and offers updates made in the community, business and agriculture, public service and industry sectors — how they’ve grown, what’s new, what’s been updated, etc.To find out more information on how to list your business, industry, club or organization, call the Guard at (870) 793-2383 to have a form faxed to you, or pick up a form at our office at 258 W. Main St.

With every breath lung recipient shares life

April 23, 2010 CUSHMAN — It was a trip Bill Hall of Horn Lake, Miss., dreaded but one he knew he had to make.“I knew it was something I needed to do, something I had to do,” the 63-year-old said, standing at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Cushman April 15, surrounded by family and friends around the gravesite of Brandon Low, who died as a result of an automobile accident on that same date in 2007.“I would have given anything in the world to have met this family another way.”———It was no joke April Fool’s Day 2007 when Hall learned he had only weeks to live.

Health care topic

April 23, 2010 More than 50 individuals, business owners and political candidates turned out Tuesday for the Batesville Chamber of Commerce’s “power breakfast” at Lyon College’s Nucor Auditorium where Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the Obama Administration’s health care bill.

Decision ‘not easy’

April 23, 2010 Selecting a superintendent could be considered one of the most important decisions any school district makes when put to the task, and for the Batesville School Board the decision won’t be easy. Board members met Thursday night when it conducted its third and final superintendent candidate interview with Mark Porter, educational consultant for Florida and Kansas and retired Missouri schools superintendent.

Guardonline to host debate

April 23, 2010 Exclusive. Live. Online.Debate candidates at the Tuesday night Meet and Greet at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will be webcast on the Batesville Daily Guard website, www.guardonline.com. A live chat will also be available during that time, where questions can be submitted for consideration to pose to the candidates.Three debates are planned: County judge candidates, prosecuting attorney race and candidates for sheriff. The web coverage will be sponsored by Citizens Bank, Midwest Lime and the Batesville Daily Guard.

Ex-teacher accused of sex with student

April 22, 2010 STAR CITY (AP) — A Former Star City High School teacher has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a student.Twenty-nine-year-old Brandi Lynn Mullikin of Star City is charged with second-degree sexual assault.A police report says Mullikin admitted having sex with the student but initially said it was outside school and after the boy turned 18. Police say she later admitted the relationship began when the boy was 17 and that she knew his age.School officials say Mullikin was suspended after the allegations surfaced and has since been fired.

Agent lists beneficial insects in garden

April 22, 2010 White County Extension agent-agricultureIn the garden, there are bad bugs and there are good bugs. Gardeners benefit when the good guys, otherwise known as beneficial insects, do their natural thing and keep pests under control safely and effectively.

District receives website award

April 22, 2010 The White River Regional Solid Waste Management District was recently awarded a 2010 gold ADDY Award for the design of its website, www.whiteriverrecycles.org.The award was presented to the Waste Management District board at its quarterly meeting in Batesville on March 30. Board Chairman Stacey Avey of Mountain View accepted the award on behalf of the board.

Board gets ‘healthy’ update

April 22, 2010 First lady Michelle Obama is fighting to curb childhood obesity and promote healthier lifestyles with the “Let’s Move” campaign and Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary in Batesville is weighing in. The school recently conducted a survey using the Center for Disease Control’s school health index evaluation tool, which helps provide a better idea of the progress a district and its campuses are making toward providing a coordinated health program.

The Weekend Events — What’s going on this weekend in the Independence Co. area:

April 22, 2010 Friday• 31st Arkansas Scottish Festival, bagpiping competition in the pocket park at 1 p.m. Kilted Invitational Golf Tournament at 1:30, The Course at Eagle Mountain. Piping competition at 6, Lyon Terrace. Student talent show at 8, Brown Chapel.• Batesville Motor Speedway points races, 8 p.m. Grandstands open at 5:30.• Ozark Springfest ATV races, Tip Wamble Rodeo Arena, Calico Rock. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with the races at 8. Visit www.calicorock.us or call Fred Blickle at (870) 291-2474 or Rich Fischer at (870) 297-3905.