Civil War group to meet

March 10, 2010 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Dr. George Lankford will present a program entitled “Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial.”Lankford is president of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. He retired in 2001 from Lyon College, where he served as Bradley Professor in the Social Sciences. In 2001 he was named Arkansas Professor of the Year. Currently he is serving his second term as president of the Independence County Historical Society.

Ballot order to be drawn

March 10, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Citizens Bank Annex on College Street in downtown Batesville.The purpose of the meeting, which is open to the public, will be to determine the order in which names will appear on the ballots in the May primaries.

Health screenings offered

March 10, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings will be offered at the Strawberry community center from 9 a.m. to noon March 23, according to a news release. Advanced practice nurse Sandra Green will be the guest speaker, and a drawing will be held for a blood glucose monitor.

Weight loss group to meet

March 10, 2010 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.Jennifer Coleman, WRMC’s registered dietitian, will be there to talk about lifestyle changes concerning nutrition, followed by a question and answer session, said Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the White River Surgery Clinic (formerly known as North Arkansas Center for Surgical Weight Control). For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

2nd Friday to feature music

March 10, 2010 The 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk celebrates the coming of spring with two outstanding musical events on Friday, said Paula Grimes, Main Street Batesville executive director.

Clarification

March 10, 2010 Ed Lee, a Democrat who is running for constable of Ruddell township, lists an address of 650 Bethesda Road, Batesville.Gloria Galloway, a candidate for the Democratic central committee, lists an address of 100 Oak Grove Road, Batesville.Also, incorrect information was provided to the Guard regarding the Gainesboro constable incumbent. The incumbent is Melvin McGill. He faces no opposition in the upcoming primary.

Account opened

March 10, 2010 An account has been opened at First Community Bank to help with funeral expenses for 28-year-old Cristopher Wood who was found dead Tuesday afternoon at his home in Desha. According to his mother, Dorothy Wood, his body has been sent to the crime lab for cause of death. Dorothy Wood said her son had not been feeling well for sometime.

GAP slates noon meeting

March 10, 2010 Members of the Batesville School District Grandparents As Parents program will meet at noon Thursday at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center resource room at 1900 Lyon St.This meeting is open to any relative acting as the primary caregiver to any child from birth to high school. Lunch will be provided.For more information call the Parents as Teachers office at (870) 793-0627.

Optimists sponsoring contest

March 10, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club is once again holding its annual Oratorical Contest. It is open to all area youth under 16 prior to Dec. 31, 2009. The topic is “Cyber Communication — Progress or Problem?” Talks will begin at 7 p.m. April 15 at the Citizens Bank Annex. The winner will receive $100 and will advance to the Zone Contest to be held May 1 in Batesville. The Zone winners will advance to the district contest, set for May 8 in Hot Springs, where they will be competing for a $2,500 scholarship.

Road closing to be appealed

March 10, 2010 Justices also vote to buy $160,000 road graderASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court voted Monday to appeal a lower court’s decision to close a portion of Wildcat Road near the Sharp-Independence county line, County Judge Larry Brown said.Stephens & Associates, owner of Wildcat Properties, expanded their land holdings in that area last year and asked the Sharp and Independence county courts to close the public road to the ranch, making it a private road.