Quorum court to meet

November 9, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet in regular session at 6 tonight in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter building at Third and Main streets in Batesville.Among items on tonight’s agenda will be a report from the Independence County Economic Development Commission regarding progress being made in establishment of a Department of Human Services call center to be built in Batesville next year, and other economic projects.

Flag lowering extended

November 9, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Late Friday morning, President Barack Obama ordered U.S. flags at federal offices and installations lowered to half-staff through Veterans Day in honor of those killed and wounded at Fort Hood in Texas on Tuesday.To coincide with this order, Gov. Mike Beebe has extended the order requesting U.S. and Arkansas flags in the state to be flown at half-staff through Veterans Day as well.

Body found in cemetery

November 9, 2009 The body of a Floral man found in a local cemetery Saturday morning has been sent to the state crime lab to determine the cause of his death, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Police say the body of Raymond Eugene Parker, 49, was found at Egner Cemetery on Allen Chapel Road by a man visiting a family grave with his wife. Bittle said the couple went to a nearby location to call police and later returned to the cemetery to give a statement.

Board meets, discusses activities

November 9, 2009 Since September, 1,375 new cards have been distributed at the Independence County Library.That’s a significant amount in such a short time, White River Regional Library director Debra Sutterfield told the Independence County Library board in a brief meeting Thursday. The cards are part of the library’s new process of automation, in which items checked out are scanned, along with the card, into the library database which can be accessed at any computer terminal in the library to check the item’s availability.

City gets money

November 9, 2009 Batesville will get some green to go green.Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said the city is receiving $40,900 for the first section in a planned “greenway” as part of the Arkansas Recreation Trails Program.This is a federal trails grant from the Arkansas State Highway Commission to create a path as an alternate transportation plan for joggers, walkers, skaters and bicycle riders. The 12-foot-wide paved trail will allow people to go from neighborhoods, businesses and even industries like White River Medical Center to recreational facilities.

News of Other Days

November 6, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 20, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO

Help children make memories of lifetime — outdoors

November 6, 2009 With today’s hustle and bustle lifestyle, many parents think they don’t have time to spend with their children in the outdoors. With a little spontaneous ingenuity on your part, you can enjoy the opportunity to be with your kids in the outdoors without big plans that include coordinating expensive expeditions in to the vast wild yonder.

Rivals in DVD price war

November 6, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is upping the ante heading into the holiday season, trimming the online preorder prices of some upcoming DVDs following last month’s price cut on books.The move led rivals Amazon.com and Target to reduce prices of some online preorder DVDs, which pushed Walmart to take a few more cents off its offerings.The world’s biggest retailer said late Thursday that it would lower the online prices of new DVDs such as “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” and “Star Trek” to $10.

Guns, safe stolen from Newark home

November 6, 2009 Police are looking for the persons responsible for the theft of a Sentry gun safe and several guns from a home in the Newark area.Justin Carl Gardner told police that he had been staying at a relative’s residence at 1205 Shrug St. while the relative was working out of state, but while he was away from the home overnight recently, someone stole a gun safe and its contents.The back door to the residence was found standing open, with no signs of forced entry, according to Deputy Nathan Stephens.