1 dead, 1 injured in possible fall from cliffs

December 9, 2009 NORFORK (AP) — A man has been found dead and a woman injured following a possible fall from cliffs along the White River in the Norfork area.Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says a 911 call about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday reported two people missing and that they may have fallen from the cliffs.Baxter says deputies and the Norfork Fire Department found the man dead and the woman injured. She was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center.The names of the two and the woman’s condition were not immediately released.

Free Christmas dinner offered

December 9, 2009 Batesville Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a free dinner at 1 p.m. Christmas day at 30 Gap Road.The event is open to the public. Each child in attendance will receive a gift, and craft time will be provided for children after the dinner. Transportation is available on request.Those who plan to attend are asked to make reservations by calling (870) 307-9901, (870) 612-5083 or 307-8285.

Midland to hold Christmas event

December 9, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland Elementary will present its Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the elementary cafeteria. Grades K-3 will sing seasonal songs and fourth-grade students will present the play “Time Out for Christmas.” The program is free and open to the public.

Two reappointed

December 9, 2009 Little Rock — Gov. Mike Beebe has reappointed Bobby Davis of Batesville and Stacey Caplener of Pleasant Plains to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.Davis is the retired chief of the Batesville Fire Department, and Caplener is the current chief of the Pleasant Plains Fire Department.The appointments expire Oct. 14, 2012.

Event scheduled

December 9, 2009 Compassionate Friends to hold candlelighting 

Museum presents awards

December 9, 2009 Noted historian David Lowenthal once said, “History in isolation is barren and lifeless; relics mean only what history and memory convey.”Old Independence Regional Museum is striving to do more than convey some old memories — it works to breathe life and create tangible exhibits for visitors to immerse themselves in.A total of 6,314 volunteer hours were recorded at Old Independence Regional Museum for 2009 — and nearly one-sixth were recorded by one person, Twyla Gill Wright.

Water quality among best

December 9, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Finished water processed by the Southside Public Water Authority is among the very best in the state, Manager John Richardson told its board of directors Tuesday.The Arkansas Department of Health compiles turbidity data on all surface water plants in the state to determine the quality of water produced by the plants, Richardson said.

City employees to receive bonus

December 9, 2009 In spite of economic hard times across the country, the city of Batesville is ending its fiscal year on a positive note.During its regular meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh told the city council and several employees in attendance that as of January 2010, the city will be switching its insurance carrier.The change from a private carrier back to the Arkansas Municipal League will save the city $225,000 a year, Elumbaugh said. The council voted to pay January’s premiums now in order for employees to enter the new year with full coverage in effect.

News of Other Days

December 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 23, 1996.

5 two-year colleges make list

December 8, 2009  LITTLE ROCK – Five Arkansas two-year colleges were recently named among the “Fastest-Growing Public Two-Year Colleges” by Community College Week.