Weather delays state openings; schools closed

January 4, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State offices in Arkansas opened two hours late this morning because of winter weather that has also closed schools in parts of the state.The National Weather Service has also issued a winter weather advisory until noon today for Arkansas, Benton, Sebastian, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford and Franklin counties. The weather service says an additional one-half to one inch of snow could fall on top of the 3 to 4 inches that fell in parts of the region during the weekend.

Southside to meet tonight

January 4, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight at the high school cafeteria annex where it will consider signing a memorandum of understanding to participate in the Arkansas Department of Education’s Race to the Top initiative.  The regular meeting has been moved up so the board can consider this action without having to hold a special meeting, Superintendent Roger Rich said. The deadline set by the state to sign the memorandum is Friday.

City boards to meet

January 4, 2010 The Batesville zoning board and planning commission will meet at 6 tonight at city hall on Main Street.The zoning board will hear an appeal by Jerry Waugh in regards to his denial of a permit to replace a manufactured home in an existing trailer park.The planning commission, which meets immediately following the zoning board, will be electing officers for 2010.The meetings are open to the public.

Fur trade topic at January event

January 4, 2010 Joe Biard, former mayor of Batesville, will present a program at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at Old Independence Regional Museum, telling about his parents’ businesses and their past as he remembers it. He will focus on their Batesville Fur Company, which at one time was the largest fur market in Arkansas.

Drivers urged to use caution

January 4, 2010 A weekend blanket of light snow, along with sub-freezing temperatures, caused cancellation of some church services Sunday, and classes at several area schools today. However, the Batesville School District was not scheduled to have classes until Tuesday and was not affected by today’s snow covered streets.Snow accumulations ranged from a slight dusting to slightly over an inch in many places, according to Will Floyd with the Independence County Office of Emergency Management.

City marks 2009 with tax, fire station, controversy

January 4, 2010 In 2009, the city of Batesville not only managed to pass a tax but did so with an overwhelming majority.Supporters came out in full force in the March 10 special election for a 1-cent citywide sales tax, earmarked for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant and collection system. The tax is paying for the principal and interest on a loan from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

News of other days

January 1, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 16, 1997.

News of other days

January 1, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 16, 1997.

Guard prepares to deploy

January 1, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — About 200 Arkansas Army National Guard soldiers are preparing to leave for a 1-year deployment to Afghanistan.The Guard’s 875th Engineer Battalion’s 1037th Route Clearance Company will leave Jonesboro on Saturday morning. The soldiers first will travel to Fort McCoy, Wis., for about 20 days of training.After that, they’ll fly to Afghanistan for what officials say will be a road-clearing mission. Capt. Brian Mason says the deployment is scheduled to be for 12 months but the soldiers’ return date is subject to change.

Self defense claimed in bar fight: One man taken to jail, other to hospital

January 1, 2010 A Batesville man, on probation for possession of crack cocaine, has told police that he acted in self defense when he hit a another man in the head with a beer bottle at the Loyal Order of the Moose around 4 a.m. Sunday.Lloyd A. Speed, 30, is accused of hitting Cameron Wood, 34, of Cord, following a verbal confrontation, according to a court affidavit filed by Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.