UACCB to break ground

January 15, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will break ground on the 40,669-square-foot Nursing and Allied Health Building at 3 p.m. Thursday.Crossland Construction Company Inc. of Rogers was the low bidder at $4.917 million. The building will be located on the east side of the UACCB campus, south (in front) of the Roy Row, Sr., and Imogene Row Johns Library and Academic Building. The NAH Building will be the first two-story building on campus and will include seven classrooms, a 200-seat lecture hall, four clinical labs and faculty offices.

County recycling program honored

January 15, 2010 The Independence County Recycling Center was recently recognized for its 16 years of service to the county’s residents at a winter recycling forum in Batesville, according to a news release.Sarah Sexton, recycling coordinator for the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District, presented the award to operations manager Terry Hastings at the district’s year-end recycling forum in Batesville on Dec. 8.

Flu shots available

January 15, 2010 The Independence County Health Unit still has plenty of flu vaccine available, both H1N1 (swine) and seasonal, announced Sonia Nix, administrator. Flu shots will be administered during normal office hours, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The H1N1 is free to anyone. Those with private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, there is no charge for seasonal; otherwise, seasonal is $20. The office is located 120 Weaver Ave., Batesville. For more information, call (870) 793-8848.

327 picked as new area code

January 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Move over, 870. Arkansas is getting a new area code.The Arkansas Public Service Commission says the new area code for much of Arkansas will be 327. The supply of 870 numbers is projected to run out in late 2013.The plan approved by the commission allows existing 870 customers to keep their current phone numbers. Once the plan is implemented, local calls will require 10-digit dialing.The commission says the implementation date for the new area code is projected to be in 2012, but it depends on when the 870 numbers run out.

Civil rights leader to be remembered

January 15, 2010 The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 889 Oak St. in Batesville.Speaker will be the Rev. Desmond Wilson, pastor at Bethel. Money will be raised for the scholarship fund at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.The event, which is open to the public, honors the slain civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Ice storm, floods, coroner’s death top news in Sharp County in 2009

January 15, 2010 Like many other counties in northcentral and northeast Arkansas, one of Sharp County’s top stories of 2009 began Jan. 29 with freezing rain that, over the next few days, developed into one of the worst ice storms of the century.Thousands were left without power for days and the sound of tree limbs — and even tree trunks — exploding as they broke from the weight of the ice sounded much like artillery shells going off in a war zone.Hardy implemented a curfew with members of the Arkansas National Guard on hand to help enforce it.

News of Other Days

January 14, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 30, 1997.

College, career coaches placed in economically challenged communities

January 14, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe has announced the second expansion of Arkansas Works, the governor’s strategic initiative to coordinate education, training and economic development in Arkansas communities. The new initiative is a pilot program that has hired and placed 43 full-time College and Career Coaches in 21 of Arkansas’s0 counties, and expanded the features found in the Arkansas College and Career Planning System.

Man found with drugs inside jail

January 14, 2010 A motorist’s report of a reckless driver led police to arrest a 33-year-old Pleasant Grove man on felony drug charges Dec. 18, according to a court affidavit by Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Sims.Deputy Randy Sharp stopped a pickup truck driven by Daniel T. Younger around 4 p.m. at the foot of Ramsey Mountain on Highway 167 south of Batesville after police got a report of a reckless driver.Sharp arrested Younger on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, according to the affidavit.