AG warns of stimulus scams

March 24, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Recently, the Public Protection Department of the Attorney General’s Office has learned of new scams surrounding federal stimulus money and has issued an alert to warn consumers.The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 aims to stimulate the U.S. economy through a number of tax credits and incentives, an expansion of social services and an increase in domestic spending on education, health care and infrastructure programs. Consumers are not slated to receive a check or any other direct payment from the government at this time.

Migrant program benefits students

March 24, 2009 By Andrea BrunerAssistant Managing EditorMigrant students have needs that require specialized help and resources, and that is why the Batesville School District offers the Migrant Education Program.Migrant aide Dede Abbott said the number of people enrolled at Batesville fluctuates because of the nature of the business, but right now there is probably 128 people enrolled from pre-kindergarten to age 21.“That’s why these kids are in the program, because they migrate. ... They just move all the time and this program helps them. ...

Two men cited

March 24, 2009 Witnesses who were concerned for the safety of children and other drivers called police Sunday night to report two cars doing doughnuts in the parking lot and grassy area at Kennedy Park, according to Independence County Deputy Randy Jones.Before Jones could arrive at the park, police dispatch received word that one of the cars, yellow with writing all over it, had left the area headed north on Highway 167 after doing doughnuts in the parking lot near the boat ramp. The other car, red in color, was reported to still be at the park.

‘Polk Bayou kids,’ gold focus of children’s book

March 24, 2009 Five friends, a dog named Kristi and a hidden treasure from 1863 underneath Batesville’s historic district near Polk Bayou.It’s a story almost too good to be true. Almost — because a lot of it happens to be true. Luke Davis, Greyson Wyatt, Chase Baker, Kendra Kelley and Emma Langston are five friends who attend Central Magnet Math and Science Elementary School. There really is a dog named Kristi and Batesville has a history along the bayou that dates back to long before the Civil War.

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.