Guard staff recognized

March 24, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard took home several awards at the Arkansas Press Association convention recently in which the winners of the 2009 Better Newspaper Advertising Contest were announced. In some categories, staff won multiple awards.J. Ross Jones, Matt Baker and Randy Harris won first place for Best Use of Process for the Medicine Shoppe “White River Water Carnival 2009” ad.“Excellent use of colors, clear winners,” judges wrote.Jones also took second place in the same category for the White River Water Carnival “Wet Zone” ad.

Fan Appreciation Days set for April 9-10

March 24, 2009 Between the three of them, they have won a total of 86 championship races and next month they will make a stop in Batesville. Race car drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Mark Martin, along with stock car and team owner Rick Hendrick, will meet and greet fans April 9 and 10 during the fifth annual Mark Martin Fan Appreciation Days at Mark Martin Ford Mercury in Batesville.It’s an annual event that many make a vacation out of, some traveling miles to see their favorite racers, according to spokesman Mooney Starr.

Wooten, Teague win

March 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — Chris Wooten and Aaron Teague won the first Cave City Bass Club tournament of the year Saturday on Greers Ferry Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins reported.Twenty-two anglers participated.Wooten and Teague’s winning stringer weighed 12.35 pounds. That included the biggest bass of the day, which weighed 3.75 pounds. Micah Beard and Shawn Drake came in second with 11.15 pounds and the team of Michael Chambers and Jerry McCall were third with 10.35 pounds.

Spectators invited to ‘green’ horse training

March 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — Foothills Cowboy Church’s 2-Day Trainers Challenge & Equine Vendor Expo will be at 9 a.m. March 28 and 1 p.m. March 29, Pastor Lance Hames said.“Selected trainers will be given a young, green horse to work with over the course of the weekend,” Hames said. “About 12 trainers will be selected for the competition.”

Panfish make for springtime fun, good eating

March 20, 2009 Spring is spawning time for many species of fish, and one of the most fun to catch, especially for kids, are panfish.Defined as perch, bluegill, crappie, etc., panfish offer youngsters lots of action with the simplest of gear.A lightweight rod with a spincasting reel, light line, or even just a simple cane pole and line work for the hardware. Bait is pretty simple too. Worms, crickets, or jigs teamed with a bobber can make for some hot fishing action.

House OKs bingo tax cut

March 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The House has given final approval to a cut in the tax on bingo cards for charitable organizations.By a 95-0 vote, the House sent to the governor’s desk legislation that would cut the tax on the bingo cards by 70 percent. The House had earlier backed a full repeal of the tax, but the measure was amended on the Senate side to leave in place three-tenths of a penny for enforcement purposes.

Burglars get booze, karaoke, housewares, guitar

March 20, 2009 A suspect has been named in the theft of some $800 worth of liquor, a JVC home stereo system and 100 karaoke CDs, according to Independence County authorities.Joseph Brooks of Batesville told police that sometime between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday someone broke into his home and took the items from a game room, leaving a flat screen TV and tools behinds.Brooks said he got a call from a neighbor who gave him the name of an individual who might have been involved in the incident.The items taken were valued at $1,450, according to Brooks.

WRMC receives appropriation for expansion

March 20, 2009 White River Medical Center (WRMC) has received funding from the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (HR1105) passed by the House and Senate. The funding will provide upgrades to WRMC’s mammography, breast biopsy capabilities and expansion of the first floor, which includes upgrades to the cardiac catheterization equipment, facilities and expansion of the Emergency Department.

Lyon alum, family experience adventure in Singapore

March 20, 2009 Editor’s Note: Janet Fraley Circenis is a 1991 graduate of Lyon College in Batesville. She sent the college a first-hand account of an American family living in Singapore, where she, husband Konrad and son Thomas currently reside.Who is that hunched over, staggering up the hill in the pouring rain? Could it be Quasimodo? No, it’s just me, dragging my rolling shopping bag from the grocery store back to our apartment a mile away. This scenario occurs about three times a week. Why do I go through this strange ritual?

Fast, dirty action: Auto racing enjoys popularity throughout state

March 20, 2009 NASCAR racing is one of the most popular sports in the nation. The bright colors, smell of rubber, sounds of screaming fans and engines as the cars careen past create a concoction that seems to hook people to auto racing. In Arkansas, dirt track racing gives fans an opportunity to experience the action of a live race.