Council considers apartments near Big Pine

June 12, 2009 A plan to build some apartments in east Batesville has drawn fire from those in a neighboring subdivision.Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council considered an ordinance rezoning property in the Holmes Subdivision from residential-1 to commercial-2, as requested by Brandon Holmes and Nathan Higginbottom.The planning commission met June 1 and held a public hearing on the rezone request. The commission voted 4-2, with commissioners Ken Smith, Steven Lewis, Nina Womack and Brian Langston voting in favor and Mike Fagan and Ronnie Hampton voted against.

Free fishing weekend announced

June 12, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — Youth can fish for free and for great prizes on Saturday at the Kids Fishing Derby at Quarry Park across from the Norfork National Fish Hatchery below Norfork Dam in Mountain Home. The derby is open to children under the age of 16. Participants should bring their own fishing gear and be on site to register at 8 a.m. Fishing will start at 9. Prizes will be awarded in each age division. There will be special prizes for biggest fish and most fish caught. The derby will end about noon and lunch will be provided.

Progress continues on farmer’s market

June 12, 2009 Most Saturdays, you’ll find Shirley Weaver at the Batesville Farmer’s Market. Same with Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — the only days the farmer’s market is open.Being open only four days a week may be something of a hindrance for customers who were perusing the selections at the Weaver’s Produce stand. Within the space of about 10 minutes, four people were there looking for tomatoes. Weaver doesn’t have any yet, but she said it won’t be long before they start getting green tomatoes, with the ripe ones to follow.

Two cases of swine flu reported

June 12, 2009 The Arkansas Center for Disease and Control now has 14 confirmed cases of swine flu and two of those are in Independence County.Ed Barham, public information officer with the state health department in Little Rock, said he had just spoken with Independence County Health Administrator Sonia Nix, but had no specifics.The World Health Organization declared a swine flu pandemic Thursday — moving it to the agency’s highest alert  — level 6.

Family reunions scheduled

June 11, 2009 Some family reunions have been scheduled for this weekend, while another has been canceled.• The Smith and Wink reunion will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Citizens Bank Annex Building, located at 285 E. College Ave. For more information, call (870) 307-2847.• The family of John B. and Gertrude Massey Floyd will hold its annual reunion Sunday at Riverside Park in Batesville. A potluck will be served around noon.

Beauty pageant to benefit 3-year-old cancer victim

June 11, 2009 There will be a benefit beauty pageant for 3-year-old Abby Conner of Southside, who is suffering from a brain tumor. She is currently undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.The pageant starts at 5 p.m. July 11 at Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Ages from birth to 11 years old will wear casual wear, and ages 12 to 18 will wear formal wear. Applications are available at A Formal Affair and Citizens Bank main branch in Batesville.

News of other days

June 11, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 24, 1996.

Shoffner to seek second term

June 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Treasurer Martha Shoffner says she’s running for re-election next year.The Democrat, who was first elected in 2006, announced today that she is seeking a second term as the state’s treasurer. Shoffner defeated Republican Chris Morris in the 2006 election.So far, no other Republicans or Democrats have announced they’re running for state treasurer next year.

Area Briefs

June 11, 2009 Ice cream social announcedThe Batesville Preservation Society will have its annual homemade ice cream social at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Garrott House, the home of Terrell and Diane Tebbetts, at 561 E. Main St. in Batesville. School board to look at budget