Tickets still available

October 27, 2009 Tickets are still available for Friday’s Rockin’ for a Reason concert on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall.Danny Dozier and The Lockhouse Orchestra will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and play for about two hours. All proceeds will go toward construction of the new nursing and allied health building. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, the Batesville Daily Guard and UACCB or by calling (870) 612-2017.

City may amend claims policy, vacate part of subdivision

October 27, 2009 The Batesville City Council will meet tonight at 5:30 at city hall. The agenda includes an ordinance to amend the water/sewer damage claims policy, an ordinance to grant a partial vacation of the Mountain Ridge Subdivision, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.The council will hear a budget request from the airport commission and a presentation from the chamber of commerce, recognize the Eagle Mountain Archery Team and consider a water meter outside city limits at 275 White Drive.

Weatherman installed

October 27, 2009 Dr. Donald V. Weatherman was installed as Lyon College’s 17th president Saturday afternoon in an inauguration ceremony held in Couch Garden. Under bright sunshine and blue skies, Raymond A. LaCroix Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees, read the charge from the board and then, assisted by Frank Lyon Jr., trustee and chairman of the presidential search committee, presented the presidential medallion to Weatherman as a symbol of his investiture.

Sisters had humor, wit

October 27, 2009 During Saturday’s announcement of a major gift to Old Independence Regional Museum from the Kathleen Barnes and Fonteen Simmons Trust Fund, Nelson Barnett, who knew the sisters well, gave some insight into their personalities and character.“Fonteen worked about 40 years at the store (Barnett Brothers Department Store). She was a good teacher and a fun person,” he said. “She was a good person to listen to people.”

Gift helps expand educational, outreach program at museum

October 27, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum is not just a place to visit — it touches communities it serves through programs that reach and teach youngsters about pioneer ways and pioneer days, Charles Barnett, treasurer of the board, said Saturday during the anouncement of a major giftThanks to the gift from the Kathleen Barnes and Fonteen Simmons Trust Fund handled by Citizens Bank of Batesville, its educational outreach can touch twice as many as before, he said.

News of Other Days

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

Law firm is burglarized; gun stolen

October 26, 2009  A gun was reported stolen from a Batesville law firm Wednesday night, according to a report filed by Independence County Deputy Ben Keener.Sheila Rutledge, an employee with Blankenship Law Firm at 157 N. Broad St., said she arrived for work Thursday morning to discover a side door to the office building had been kicked in and she went back to her car and called 911.Keener said no one was found during a check of the building; however, Rutledge said a gun belonging to Leroy Blankenship was missing from a rear office.

Police say Oil Trough man was Tased for making threats

October 26, 2009 Found hiding in a closet at his home, a 23-year-old Oil Trough man who had reportedly fled from police earlier in the day was Tased and sprayed with a pepper spray after he refused to be handcuffed Saturday night.Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson said around 10:40 p.m. he and deputies Michael Darr and Charles Moss responded to a disturbance call at 69 Nelse St. in Oil Trough where Jonathan Crockett was reportedly causing problems.

Cook to celebrate 90th birthday

October 26, 2009 Bessie Jane Cook will celebrate her 90th birthday with a drop-in reception for family and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at 15 Chamblee Circle south of Batesville. Refreshments will be served.She requests no gifts but donations can be made to Caring Hands Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Spragins recognized for BBBS support

October 26, 2009 Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas has selected Big Sister Hope Spragins as Big of the Month, according to Callie Slade, BBBS mentor specialist.North Central Arkansas covers Batesville, Newport, Conway and Russellville.“When Hope became a Big Sister she chose to serve in the school-based program where she spends at least one hour a week with her Little, Madeline George, at school,” Slade said.Madeline is a fourth-grader at Eagle Mountain Elementary in Batesville.