Volunteer meeting set

January 1, 2010 The North Central Volunteer Network will hold its next quarterly meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, 409 Vine St.Lunch is brown bag. Guest speaker Arthurine Harrison, from the Department of Human Services Division of Volunteerism, will discuss “Humor Helps: Peeks at Personality Types (mine, yours, and those difficult people we work with).”The meeting is open to volunteer coordinators and anyone who is interested in volunteerism and volunteer management.

Bond set at $1M for armed felon

January 1, 2010 A Cord man allegedly armed with a loaded pistol is being held in the Independence County jail on numerous felony charges with his bond at $1 million, according to a court affidavit filed by sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.The affidavit states that on Christmas Eve, Independence County deputies and an Arkansas State Police trooper responded to a report of a reckless driver in a blue GMC pickup truck entering west Batesville from the north on Highway 69.

TOP NEWS OF ’09: Ice storm paralyzes region

January 1, 2010 Almost one year after Mother Nature wrecked havoc with deadly tornadoes, this year began with freezing rain that turned into a major ice storm leaving homes and businesses without power for days, some even weeks.Thousands were left without power after the ice weighed down trees and broke utility poles. Emergency shelters were opened in Independence and surrounding counties.

Jackson, Cronkite among ’09 deaths

December 31, 2009 (AP) It was only a rehearsal, and he was twice the age of the dancers accompanying him. But the video doesn’t lie: Michael Jackson was looking ahead to a smash opening in London — and giving it his all.And then he was gone.With his thrilling music and dance, enigmatic personality and worldwide reach, Jackson led the list of notables in the worlds of art, entertainment and popular culture who died in 2009.Some, like Jackson, departed without warning. Some, like actor Patrick Swayze, waged a very public struggle with illness.

We have a winner! Ark. lotto is top story of 2009

December 31, 2009 By Jill Zeman BleedAssociated Press WriterLITTLE ROCK — At the stroke of midnight on Sept. 28, Arkansas’ lottery became a reality.Years in the making, Arkansas’ new lottery has seen smooth sailing in its first three months, after a year’s worth of legislative wrangling and public outrage over six-figure salaries paid to new lottery hires.

2009 deaths in Arkansas included political leader

December 31, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A longtime leader of efforts in the Legislature to improve the state’s education system, a pioneering black judge, a former baseball player who enjoyed a long career as a sportscaster, and an author of whimsical novels with serious subtexts were among prominent Arkansans who died during 2009.Former legislator Jodie Mahony, 70, of El Dorado died Dec. 5, ending a bout with cancer. He had served in the Legislature from 1971 through 2006, gaining election to both the state House and the state Senate.

News of other days

December 31, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 15, 1997.

Sexual harassment workshop planned

December 31, 2009 A free workshop entitled “Sexual Harassment and the Three Second Rule” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at First Community Bank in Batesville with Carol Baker Dawson, an award -winning columnist and 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.

Cave City fire department history

December 31, 2009 “In the fall of 1958, after a total loss fire to a resident’s new home in the north end of the city, a group of 32 citizens met in front of the American Legion building to see if there would be enough support to organize and maintain a volunteer fire department ...,” according to a written history. “Yes, there was, and a fund-raising project was started. Many donations of $1, $2 and larger were given to help the city buy the first equipment.”