Play canceled

October 14, 2009 The one man play by Clayton Scott “Down in Littletown” and scheduled for Saturday at Lyon College Brown Chapel has been canceled and will be rescheduled.Anyone who has bought tickets for the event may return to where they bought tickets for a full refund.The reschedule date will be announced later.

Optimist club to meet

October 14, 2009 The Batesville Optimist Club will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse. Guest speaker will be Frank Hilburt, chief information officer of White River Medical Center, discussing the topic of electronic medical records.Members are encouraged to attend; guests are welcome. For more information about Optimists, visit 

Optimists to present Battle of the Bands

October 14, 2009 The Batesville Optimist Club will sponsor a Battle of the Bands at 2 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Park.“This is a great opportunity to enjoy some local talent and to support the youth in our community as well,” according to a news release from the club.There is no admission fee and food vendors will be on site.The line up of bands to date include Lost End, Brother Lead Feather, Lost Machina, Mayz End, Cool Kinda Nice, Rose Fire, Die on 3 and Wake The Fallen.For more information call Chris Black at (870) 793-2263.

Activities lead up to Homecoming 2009

October 14, 2009 Lyon College students are gearing up for Homecoming 2009 weekend with a week full of activities leading up to the big event.On Monday, students will roast “gourmet s’mores” at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by the brothers of Zeta Beta Tau.

Owens turns 100

October 14, 2009 MAGNESS — On March 4, 1909, President William Howard Taft was inaugurated as the 27th president of the United States. On July 27 of the same year, Orville Wright tested the first U.S. Army plane. And on Oct. 8, the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Giants to win the National League pennant.Also on Oct. 8, 1909, TJ Owens of Batesville was born at Magness, right across the street from the Church of Christ, where family and friends gathered recently to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Trees issue at meeting

October 14, 2009 The city of Batesville admits it was at fault for trimming one resident’s tree but not for some that officials say were blocking the view of a stop sign.Tuesday night, Carter and Donna Yeatman, who live at the corner of Eighth and Rock streets, came before the city council and asked that the city replace some blue cypress trees that were trimmed last week. The trees are about four feet from the back side of the curb and had overgrown into the street, officials said.“They basically butchered three of our trees,” Donna said. “They now are shaped like palm trees.”

News of Other Days

October 13, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 24, 1996.73 YEARS AGOA cotton census report from the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census, shows that there were 3,063 bales of cotton ginned in Independence County prior to Oct. 1 as compared with 669 bales ginned on Oct. 1, 1935. The figures came from W.M. Kent, special agent.

Man accused of sexual indecency with a child

October 13, 2009 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 21-year-old man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to court documents filed by Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Mundy said in his court affidavit that around 9 p.m. Oct. 8, Cpl. Ernie Gillihan took a report from a man who said he had just learned that his teenage daughter and a 21-year-old man had been having sex.Since Ponce is an illegal immigrant and considered a flight risk, he was placed under an investigative hold for sexual indecency with a child.