Planning OKs subdivision, stalls on apartment complex

May 6, 2009 The Batesville Planning Commission Monday night gave its approval for the building of high-end patio homes project proposed by Al Crouch of Batesville.Batesville Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson told the commission that Crouch, who plans to build the subdivision on Mountain Ridge Road, off Gap Road, had substantially met all city engineering and zone code requirements.“He’s worked hard to meet city regulations and go above and beyond in his planning,” Johnson said.The plan must now be sent on to the full city council for final approval.

Teaching with an Open mind, heart

May 6, 2009 Sixteen students took a calculated risk when they surprised their mathematics teacher with a longtime dream of his — a trip to see the 2009 U.S. Open in New York.

First aviation grads pinned

May 6, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Doyle “Rog” Rogers, Jr., Aviation Maintenance Program recognized 12 students at its first pinning ceremony on April 30.These students — Jeremy Ball, Andrew Banks, Edward Brown, Joseph Dunkel, Aaron Jackson, Christopher Lindsey, Shane Minyard, Ruston Phillips, Amanda Roraff, David Rowlett, Robert Thorne and Jerry Webb — have completed training and testing requirements and are now certified air-frame technicians.

Infant overdose reported

May 6, 2009 ASH FLAT — A 5-week-old baby allegedly suffering from an overdose of liquid morphine remains in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock this morning, Sharp County sheriff’s Investigator Mark Counts said.He said a Cherokee Village couple — the baby’s parents — took the infant to the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, arriving there about 3 p.m. Monday.The baby was transferred by ground ambulance to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

News of other days

May 5, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 16, 1996. 

Some schools may close if flu hits

May 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Some schools in Arkansas could close temporarily as a way to restrict the spread of the swine flu virus.The virus had not been confirmed in Arkansas as of Monday afternoon. But officials have been planning for how to handle the spread of the illness. The virus has taken the life of one toddler in the U.S. and 26 people in Mexico, many of them young. But health officials say the virus does not appear to be as severe as initially thought.

Cushman High School announces graduation

May 5, 2009 CUSHMAN — Graduation for Cushman seniors will begin at 7 p.m. May 15 in the school gymnasium. Since this is the last graduation at Cushman, there will be a special slide presentation, looking back through the years of Cushman School. The night will end with a  fireworks display on the ball field.

Animal shop has new site

May 5, 2009 Batesville Pets has moved, but not out of town, according to owners Jason and Laurin Buske.The store, formerly located on Harrison Street next to Econo-Mart Pharmacy, is now located at 1348 Porter St., right across from J.C. Penney.“We’ve been in business just over a year, and been here about a month,” Jason Buske said recently. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 on Saturday, Batesville Pets offers various small animals, reptiles, tropical fish, birds and supplies to keep them all healthy.

AgHeritage gives award

May 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Micah E. Brightwell of Cave City was one of nine students to be awarded a $500 scholarship from AgHeritage Farm Credit Services.He plans to attend Arkansas State University.Brightwell has been on the honor roll throughout high school and has been a member of the band for four years. He has been a member of 4-H for 13 years and as a 4-H representative has spent numerous hours in community service, winning many awards.

Wildcat Laundromat launches its business

May 5, 2009 SULPHUR ROCK — The Wildcat Laundromat, next door to Wildcat Station at 6909 Harrison St. at Sulphur Rock, is now open for business, according to owners Scott and April Conger.“We have all new equipment, in a new building, just across the parking lot from the gas station,” Conger said recently as he did a final check on newly installed dryers. “This means customers in the area will have a clean and secure place to do their laundry.”