Safety issues addressed

November 6, 2009 Chain saw safety: Proper safety equipment — where to buy it, how to use it and the differences between chain saws (last in a two-part series)ASH FLAT — Safety equipment for chain saw operators is expensive, but not as expensive as a trip to the emergency room or a hospital stay, Logger Rescue Training instructor Dana Hinkley told those taking a safety class Tuesday in Ash Flat.Use your safety equipment properly, Hinkley said.

Batesville selected

November 6, 2009 City is one of five named ‘Growing Healthy Community’

Fort Hood fray leaves 13 dead

November 6, 2009 FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — An Army psychiatrist suspected of opening fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood cleaned out his apartment in the days before the rampage that left 13 people dead, a neighbor said today.The neighbor, Patricia Villa, said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came over to her apartment Wednesday and Thursday and offered her some items, including a new Quran, saying he was going to be deployed today. She wasn’t sure if he was going to Iraq or Afghanistan.

News of Other Days

November 5, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 19, 1996.

Woman completes exam

November 5, 2009 Karen Neal, staff member of Batesville Eye Care Center at 2615 Harrison St., has successfully completed the certified paraoptometric examination and has met all the requirements necessary to earn the title of certified paraoptometric assistant, according to a news release from The American Optometric Association. The purpose of the examination is to ensure a level of knowledge to perform the functions of patient care in the optometric office.

Trimble House group to meet

November 5, 2009 CALICO ROCK — Project Director Wayne Wood has called for a meeting to finalize plans to move the Trimble Log Cabin from Dolph to Calico Rock. Those interested in helping with this project should attend the meeting at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Calico Rock Community Room. Turn off Highway 56 at the library sign.

Compassionate Friends to meet

November 5, 2009 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

Foothills Festival planned

November 5, 2009 BLACK ROCK — The seventh annual Foothills Festival will be held in Black Rock Friday through Sunday.The event features the Show and Shine Antique Car Show, lawn mower races with amateur and professional categories, dancers, a quilt show, live entertainment, Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast, gospel music, beauty pageant, and musical group Bottom of the Barrel Boys as well as a music service on Sunday.

AARP members to have lunch

November 5, 2009 Batesville chapter AARP members will have a luncheon meeting Tuesday at Western Sizzlin. The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. The guest speaker will be Loretta Echols, hub coordinator for AARP’s northeast Arkansas area. The club will also vote on officers for the incoming year. The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to the public.

Women voters to meet

November 5, 2009 DRASCO — The Fairfield Bay League of Women Voters will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Methodist Church Fellowship Room.Cleburne County Tax Assessor Trina Jones will speak on the process of determining property taxes, and she will take questions from the audience.The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization founded in 1920. The group studies issues, not candidates, and has members from Van Buren, Cleburne, Stone and Independence counties.