Southside water rates may go up

August 6, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to review and possibly take action on a proposed water rate increase, according to an agenda for the meeting.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson will give a report concerning a bill dispute between Parker Construction and the water authority. The dispute stemmed from construction on the wastewater system.

Neighborhoods consider starting watch programs

August 6, 2009 Remember when front porches were used for getting to know one’s neighbors, and “welcome wagons” brought over cakes and casseroles when someone new moved in down the street?Tough economic times. Hectic schedules. For whatever reason, those scenes seem to be less common these days, but an initiative is under way to reach out and maybe help change some of that.Tuesday night, Batesville participated in the National Night Out, which is actually a drug and crime prevention program.

Appellate judge to run for state Supreme Court

August 6, 2009 Courtney Henry was only 6 when she became acquainted with the Arkansas court system.“When I was 6 years old and an adoption was done on my behalf I knew the law system provided unique opportunities to help others,” the Arkansas Court of Appeals judge said. “It was a moment in life when my life was changed for the better.”“Right then, I learned that attorneys and courts have the ability to liberate people from bad situations and to grant new beginnings.”

FutureFuel to get $12M

August 6, 2009 FutureFuel Chemical Company in Batesville is set to receive $12.6 million from the Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, officials announced Wednesday.FutureFuel will use the funds for the production of specialized materials for lithium-ion batteries for electric cars and other applications.“We won’t supply the battery; we’ll supply one of the major components of the battery using our customer’s proprietary technology,” according to David Baker, senior vice president of operations support at FutureFuel.

Siau arrested for shooting

August 6, 2009 A Batesville woman was arrested for attempted murder after she allegedly shot a man in the face Wednesday morning.Police say Darlene Denise Siau, 24, is being held in the reported shooting of 52-year-old Michael Wade Bailey at his home at 520 Ferrell St. in west Batesville around 10:20 a.m.Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Brenda Bittle said this morning that Siau was being held on a first-degree attempted murder warrant and was being interviewed. Officers were reportedly looking for Siau in the Cushman area, where she was captured.

Independence County Fair youth exhibitor winners announced

August 5, 2009 The Independence County Cooperative Extension Office has announced the names of youth exhibitor winners from the recent county fair. Awards/supplemental premiums are as follows:Youth Beef ExhibitorsChampion Feeder Steer, belt buckle, $125 — Brandon Draper Fourth place in Supreme Heifer Show, $120 — Trenton ToshThird place in Supreme Heifer Show, $150 — Leigh Ann BridgersReserve Champion Heifer, belt buckle, $200 — Jackson MeadGrand Champion Heifer, belt buckle, $300 — Brittany Kunkel

Business enjoys pampering pets

August 5, 2009 By Lacy MitchellGuard Staff WriterCAVE CITY — Faye Bradley’s business has gone to the dogs. Cats, too.Since opening Pampered Pets in March many furry customers and their owners have visited Bradley’s shop located at 309 N. Main St. in Cave City. It’s a business she is proud to offer in Cave City and one she hopes will continue to grow.

La Korita locates in city downtown

August 5, 2009 From fresh fruits and vegetables, to authentic prepackaged Mexican foods, La Korita, at 148 E. Main St., across from Main Street Gym, is open to serve the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week in downtown Batesville.Owner Mirtha Jasso, along with Maria Espericueta and Noemi Espericueta, invites everyone to stop by and check out their line of spices, Mexican fruit drinks, yogurt, cheeses, spices and snack items available now, with more to be added.There’s also cooking utensils, corns husks, corn masa and all types of chiles to choose from.

Hospital workers report car break-ins

August 5, 2009  Police say they have no suspects in several break-ins reported at White River Medical Center Monday afternoon.In about a 15-minute span, from 12:15 to 12:32 p.m., Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said he took reports from three hospital employees who said their vehicles were entered while they were at work.

Beel nominated for award

August 5, 2009 Robert Beel of Pleasant Plains has been nominated for the 2009 Outstanding State Employee Award, to be given by the Arkansas State Employees Association at its 41st annual convention.Beel is an officer first class and a correctional officer I with the Department of Correction’s McPherson Unit and has been a state employee for two years.