Iowa superintendent visits board

January 6, 2010 The Batesville School Board briefly met Monday night to hear a presentation by Dr. Gary Norris, superintendent at Waterloo Community Schools in Iowa. Batesville Superintendent Ted Hall said Norris, who has worked with the school before, discussed ways in which his school, Waterloo Community Schools, has been successful in implementing 21st century teaching strategies and how Batesville could do the same. Norris will help Batesville come up with a plan about how improved strategies can be met, Hall said.

City hall to open late

January 6, 2010 The city of Batesville will not open city hall on Thursday until 1 p.m. due to a computer software upgrade.The drive-through night deposit box will still be available for customers to make payments.All other city offices will operate as usual, according to City Clerk Denise Johnston.

Sexual harassment workshop set

January 6, 2010 A free workshop entitled “Sexual Harassment and the Three Second Rule” will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at First Community Bank in Batesville with Carol Baker Dawson, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and diversity trainer and consultant. Sexual harassment complaints are on the rise across the U.S., according to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, adding that employers are consistently found guilty in the courts when managers and employees who harass or discriminate against employees have not been provided adequate EEO-related training.

Master Gardener deadline nears

January 6, 2010 Monday is the deadline for signing up for Master Gardener classes sponsored this year by area counties’ Master Gardeners programs and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension service, publicist Susan Shawver said.The basic horticulture training classes will be conducted over a period of five Thursdays, beginning Feb. 4 and continuing into March at locations in four counties.

Meeting postponed

January 6, 2010 The Independence County Republican Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday has been postponed due to the chance of inclement weather.The committee will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 in the small meeting room at Western Sizzlin for a Dutch-treat meal. The meeting will follow at 7.

Colleges experience growth, changes

January 6, 2010 There was some administrative upheaval for local colleges in 2009, with Lyon and Ozarka both hiring new presidents. There were also record enrollments and controversy last year.Here is a look back at some of the top news at the secondary education level:Lyon College

Downtown walk to be held Friday

January 6, 2010 The 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk continues this week, but due to the weather forecast, a concert scheduled at the Simply Southern Playhouse Music Theater has been rescheduled for a later date.However, other activities are as follows:• The Batesville Area Arts Council gallery will be open featuring work by local artists. • Other downtown businesses will also be open late with after-Christmas bargains. • David Grimes will perform at 5:30 p.m. at Elizabeth’s Restaurant on Main Street.

News of other days

January 5, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 20, 1997. 

Jacksonport schedules activities

January 5, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Saturday2:30 p.m. — Arkansas Wildlife. Jacksonport Courthouse. Arkansas is home to a group of fascinating fur-bearing animals such as beaver, mink and otter. On display will be skins, skulls and mounted animals that live in Jackson County.Sunday

Wet, cool year in Arkansas; fewer tornadoes than 2008

January 5, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — First there was the ice that blanketed the northern third of Arkansas. Then the tornado that ripped through Mena.Next came rain — record-breaking amounts of it in 15 Arkansas cities and areas.Long, soaking rains and quick, heavy downpours caused flooding in many neighborhoods and ruined millions of dollars in crops.Mother Nature rounded out 2009 in the state with a white Christmas for some who had dreamed of one — and more flooding for many others.