Sharp budget approved

November 17, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court approved a 2010 budget Monday that lists almost $1.6 million in the general fund and almost $2.1 million in the road budget.Those figures do not include departmental budgets that are kept separate because they fall into neither category or because that is required by law.Among the highest separate budgets are $447,290 in the property reappraisal fund, $273,679 in the 911 Central Dispatch fund, $206,000 in the county library budget and $146,894 in the county recorder’s fund.

Newark students flying high

November 17, 2009 Brandy Renfrow couldn’t help but feel a little jealous watching as students in groups of three boarded planes at the Batesville airport Wednesday morning.“We just get to watch. It ain’t fair,” she said with a laugh, talking on her cell phone. Standing outside at the terminal with other parents and a group of more than 30 Newark Elementary third-graders, Renfrow said being able to watch daughter Kaitlyn Renfrow take her first plane ride was exciting.“I think it’s neat. I’ve never seen this before,” Renfrow said, smiling, adding, “I’ve never been on a plane before.”

Lyon College receives grant to develop trail

November 17, 2009 The state Highway Commission has approved a $16,700 grant for Lyon College to develop a recreational trail along the bluff that borders the north side of the campus.The grant is one of 25 projects approved by the commission to develop recreational trails throughout Arkansas using funds made available through federal funding for the Recreational Trails Program. Applications were received for 58 projects.The city of Batesville received a grant for $40,900 to begin building a “greenway,” an alternate transportation path for joggers, walkers, skaters and bicycle riders.

News of Other Days

November 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 2, 1996.

‘Nutcracker’ set for this weekend

November 16, 2009 North Arkansas Dance Theatre will present the fifth annual “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Independence Hall. NADT will add to its first four years’ performances with the addition of Dr. E.T. Jones of Batesville playing the part of Opah. Jones is 94 years old and takes ballroom dance lessons at the Batesville Ballet, Etc. He will be the elderly grandfather who presides over the Christmas festivities and takes a spin on the dance floor with his nurse played by Hannah Paulson.

Cane carvers offer leg up to wounded veterans

November 16, 2009 ROGERS (AP) — Jo  McKenzie burned a personal message into a cane she was making for Luther Burnam Jr. of Panhandle, Texas: “Don’t sneeze.”“Every time I sneezed, they shot me,” Burnam, a Vietnam veteran with five Purple Hearts, had told McKenzie’s husband, Stan.Burnam told the couple he had been shot five times.

Guard collecting food, other items for John 3:16, Luke 4:18

November 16, 2009 It’s a time for giving and receiving at the Batesville Daily Guard.As a way of giving back to the community, the Guard is asking for donations to help John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte and Luke 4:18 Lives, located on Swaim Hill Road near Southside. During the months of October and November, those who bring in five or more nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies or paper supplies will receive $5 off a three-month or more subscription of the Guard. The offer is valid for both new and renewal subscriptions. This special offer ends Nov. 30.

State won’t fight payment to man shot by trooper

November 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas State Police officials say they will not fight a $750,000 award to a man who was shot in the back by a trooper, but it will be up to state lawmakers to pay the bill.The state Claims Commission ruled that trooper James Kelloms III wrongly shot Wesley Don Yandell of Pearcy, leaving him paralyzed.“We still feel like our officer did nothing wrong,” the head of the state police, Col. Winford Phillips, told legislators during an Oct. 12 Claims Review Subcommittee meeting. “We respectfully disagree with the commission.”

Interventional cardiologist available at Newport

November 16, 2009 Interventional cardiologist Dr. Qaisar Khan is expanding his practice to include seeing patients at Newport Diagnostic Medical Clinic. Khan will be available to see patients twice each month in Newport. Patients are accepted by referral from the patients’ primary care physician.Khan specializes in treating patients with heart disease. His practice includes offering cardiac consultation, stress testing, cholesterol management, management of irregular heartbeat and congestive heart failure as well as other heart conditions.

UACCB hires aviation instructor, testing assistant

November 16, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has hired a new instructor in the aviation program as well as a new testing assistant, officials have announced.Lyle Lane is the new aviation maintenance instructor for Doyle “Rog” Rogers Jr., Aviation Maintenance program.