Parade deadline nears

November 19, 2009 The deadline to enter the 2009 Batesville Christmas Parade — set for Dec. 5 — is nearing, according to officials at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.The theme for the parade is “Dr. Seuss Mystical Christmas,” but parade entries may incorporate any of Seuss’ books, such as “The Cat in the Hat” or “Green Eggs and Ham,” stories other than “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” said Lacy Baker, communications and events coordinator at the chamber.

Domestic violence, jail Tasing reported

November 19, 2009 A 911 call of possible domestic violence sent police to a Batesville apartment complex on Hill Street around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.When they arrived, Deputies Michael Thatch and Ernie Gillihan found several tenants standing outside their apartments and the door to apartment K standing open.Thatch said a woman standing at an upstairs apartment, and later identified as 26-year-old Sandy Brown, said she lived in apartment K, but wouldn’t come back down until the man inside was gone.

Fire probe continues

November 19, 2009 Chris Deutsch lost everything.When a fire destroyed CD’s Auto Body shop in the early morning hours Tuesday, it also took the just completed body work and the paycheck he had coming. The business, located on College Street in Batesville, was a total loss.Deutsch said he had been doing body work at the location for the past couple of years and the tools and work that was completed and ready for payment was lost.“Right now we need a building and tools,” he said, hoping someone in the community can provide a place to start back up.

Dear Crossing ‘About as different as you can get’

November 19, 2009 Editor’s note: While looking through various rooms of the Dear Crossing — a unique flea market crammed with toys, collectibles, tools, glassware, you-name-it, the writer kept thinking, “This is ridiculous. ... This is just ridiculous. There’s SO MUCH, and it’s presented in organized chaos. Or something.” (And that organized chaos includes the two trees growing through the building and sticking out on top.) 

News of Other Days

November 18, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 4, 1996.

First-year show team starts tradition

November 18, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside FFA Show Team is in its first year but it’s been a good one, adviser Chase Hilton said.The team has traveled all across Arkansas competing against other 4-H and FFA members exhibiting cattle, sheep and hogs. Hilton said they will travel to approximately 20 shows in the 2009-10 year. “We have a new school truck and trailer that we use to haul our cattle and kids, and the school has invested in a new 50 by 100 animal science facility to house our show animals,” Hilton said.

New service sends updates to cell phones

November 18, 2009 Entergy Arkansas Inc. has announced a new service that will tell customers who are traveling whether their power is on during a storm. My Account Anywhere lets customers send and receive text information about power outages through their cell phones.

AG: Don’t believe every text, could be ‘smishing’

November 18, 2009  LITTLE ROCK — “Phishing” is a term used to describe a con-artist’s attempt to solicit your sensitive personal information, usually electronically via email. While phishing schemes are not new, con-artists continue to come up with new ways to trick consumers into handing over sensitive information. Now, Arkansans can be subject to phishing schemes via SMS text message. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to warn consumers about this type of scam, which is often referred to as “smishing.”

Desha church to present chili supper, bake sale, craft fair

November 18, 2009 DESHA — The second annual chili/soup supper, bake sale and craft fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Desha United Methodist Church, located at 145 Jamestown Road in Desha.Several vendors will offer crafts such as birdhouses, jewelry boxes, wooden nativity scenes, handmade aprons, wreaths, jewelry and Christmas ornaments.Homemade goodies such as pumpkin pie, pecan pie, fresh apple cake, cookies, candies and snacks will be for sale.

Desha hair shop opens

November 18, 2009 DESHA — Nana Whittington, cosmetologist and owner, has announced the opening of her new shop, Dixie Do, at 2548 Heber Springs Road in Desha.The new shop offers cuts for men, women and children, perms, highlights, foils and massages for the face, hands and feet.Located in the Hair Gallery on Heber Springs Road, the family hair care shop is open on Saturdays only until June. For an appointment or more information, call (870) 307-2845.