Travel guide being offered

March 3, 2009 The 2009 edition of the Ozark Gateway vacation guide has just been published and copies are available to the public free of charge, according to Cathy Drew, executive director of the non-profit organization. “The full-color magazine is packed with vacation destination ideas, historic locations, shopping trips, outdoor adventures, restaurant guides and more,” she adds. The 48-page booklet also includes feature articles about the Gateway area, including Independence, Stone, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties.

Man passes fire truck, goes to jail

March 3, 2009 A man who said he would rather go to jail than get a ticket for passing a fire truck got his wish Friday afternoon, according to Independence County Deputy Michael Anderson.Anderson said he was dispatched to a fire at 135 Brewer Hill Road around 2:30 p.m. where firefighters told him they had been passed by a white Chevrolet van while they were responding to the fire.

Area Briefs

March 3, 2009 Highland treehouse under fire from zoning commission

Officials cite economic reasons for shutdown

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — A total of 204 workers were notified Monday by Columbia Flooring officials of the Melbourne plant’s intention to close, but the officials said the plant could reopen if the economy improves.Employees at the manufacturing facility were told the plant will close for an undefined period of time beginning in early May.Columbia, a manufacturer of hardwood flooring, reduced its work force at the Melbourne facility and at other locations in January as part of an ongoing effort to align production capacity with consumer demand, according to a news release.

Boyfriend claims sick girlfriend needs food

March 3, 2009 A formal third offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as residential burglary, has been filed against a Magness man, which garnered him a $150,000 bond, according to an Independence County court affidavit filed by sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.The charges against Jason Chad Hall, 25, of 169 Brittany St., stemmed from an incident on Feb. 14 in which Hall reportedly broke into a residence in Oil Trough to steal food for his sick girlfriend.

Guard promotes NIE

March 3, 2009 Imagine having a living textbook in the classroom, allowing students to read about history as it is happening. More and more students are getting that chance, thanks to Newspapers in Education programs.Newspapers are used in classes as a teaching tool at all grade levels and in all subject areas. The Batesville Daily Guard is one of approximately 950 newspapers in the United States and around the world that offer NIE programs.

Molding students

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — Maggie Caraway was never much on art, until she signed up for Connie Roberts’ class at Melbourne High School.Caraway was one of several students delving into the wet, squishy clay recently as the school hosted Peter Lippincott, an artist in residence from Fort Smith.Each student selected a lump of clay and began forming bowls, mugs, vases, cups, cylinders and other works of art with their hands and use of a potter’s wheel. The pieces were dried, then placed in the kiln for firing, after which the glaze was added and fired once again.

Commission supports tax, historical ordinance

March 3, 2009 Monday night the Batesville City Planning Commission gave its unanimous support to the upcoming tax election, which deals with a 1-percent sales tax to replace and upgrade the city’s wastewater facility.Dr. Sam Cooke, speaker for the Citizens for Jobs group supporting the tax, and Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson gave a presentation to commissioners showing the current status of the facility and proposed improvements if the tax is passed during a special vote on March 10.

Bass tourneys set

February 20, 2009 The Batesville Bassmasters 2009 tournament schedule was set during its February meeting, reporter Colin Patterson said.

Wild game supper, youth expo slated

February 20, 2009 Fun, food and fellowship will be the order of the day, and night, when the Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church presents its annual wild game supper and youth expo March 7.Sporting a brand new building with plenty of space for activities, the church will again offer a variety of wild game dishes, door prizes and guest speakers.According to Bill Barker, just one of many church members involved in the event, this year will definitely be bigger and better than ever.