Area Briefs

May 27, 2009 Relay For Life to kick off Friday

Chocolate to be sold

May 27, 2009 The Great Chocolate Escape, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, will be 3-5 p.m. today in Bryant’s Pharmacy back parking lot.A Styrofoam container filled with “chocolate greatness” will be sold for a $10 donation, volunteers said.Bryant’s Pharmacy is located at 2000 Harrison St., Batesville.

Thieves hit new Batesville fire station

May 27, 2009 Batesville Fire Station #3, under construction at 590 White Drive, was the target of copper thieves over the Memorial Day weekend, according to a report filed with Independence County Deputy Mike Price.Brandon Harlan of Noacon Inc., construction supervisor at the building site, said that sometime between 3:30 Friday afternoon and 10 a.m. Tuesday, someone had stolen wire and junction boxes valued at $1,200 from the site.Also reported missing was a 14-foot tandem axle dump trailer, with 4-foot diamond plate side panels, valued at $5,000.

Council hears about Census, utility rates

May 27, 2009 For the last few years, some city officials have been talking about the next Census, saying they believe Batesville has more than the 9,445 residents on the city limits sign.Next year, that number will change, hopefully for the better, when the next Census is completed.At Tuesday night’s Batesville City Council meeting, Gary Underwood, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau office in Little Rock, presented a short video and some facts about the upcoming Census.

Teen killed in head-on

May 27, 2009 A head-on crash between a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler claimed the life of a Newark teen Tuesday afternoon.Independence County authorities say the victim, 19-year-old Kayla Smart, was a passenger in a pickup truck, driven by Lyndon M. Gardner, 19, of 1655 N. Hill St., that collided with an 18-wheeler around 3 p.m.

Harrison Street ahead of schedule

May 27, 2009 It’s one thing to be ahead of schedule for a multi-million dollar street improvement project, but it’s another to be ahead of schedule even after losing a month’s time due to the recent rains.Work on the Harrison Street widening project continues to make progress, despite recent rain, said Mike Shetron, president of White River Materials, and Lyndal Waits, District 5 engineer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. Besides Independence, District 5 includes Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Stone, Jackson, Cleburne and White counties.

News of other days

May 26, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 6, 1996. 

Ozarka students earn associates of applied science

May 26, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College has announced the names of students who graduated with an associate of applied science.Students completing their studies with an overall grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a certificate or associate degree program are designated as graduating magna cum laude. Students with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 graduated cum laude.

870 area code to run out of numbers by late 2011

May 26, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ 870 area code likely will run out of numbers by late 2011, leading some companies to ask for permission to add a second area code over the same area.The second area code, called an overlay, would require 10-digit dialing for all numbers in the 870 area code. That area code covers a backward crescent across the state that includes Jonesboro, Mountain Home, Pine Bluff and Texarkana. The Little Rock metropolitan area is covered by the 501 area code, while northwest Arkansas is in the 479 area code.

Performance specialty shop moves to Batesville location

May 26, 2009 After eight successful years in Conway as Central Arkansas High Performance Specialists, Jeremy Bunch has moved back home to Batesville to run his motorcycle/ATV performance shop.The new location in Batesville is 1250 Slater St. behind the Ideal Bakery truck shop, off Lawrence Street.Known as B.P.S. (Bunch Performance Specialities), the shop specializes in the maintenance of all makes and models of high performance motorcycles.“We are a certified Racetech suspension center and we can take care of all your other racing needs, too,” Bunch said recently.