Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 Music Festival features vintage car cruise, ’50s style music

September 30, 2009 POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas will host the first ever Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 Music Festival Friday and Saturday, featuring live performances by seven rock bands and featured performers.This year’s festival is held in honor of  rock ’n’ roll pioneer and Pocahontas native Billy Lee Riley, who died in August.The festival is the northern counterpart to last Saturday’s Grand Opening and Dedication of Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 in Newport, held in conjunction with that community’s Depot Days festival. Riley was also honored with a tribute during Depot Days.

Proud to be an American – Woman celebrates 50 years in U.S.

September 30, 2009 EVENING SHADE — Born in Germany, Annemarie Wolfe Avey is all American.Celebrating her 50th year in the United States, she can’t help but smile when remembering what brought her to this country.Sitting on a floral couch inside her 19th-century home at Evening Shade, the 69-year-old admits it was love at first sight the day she met George Wolfe, a U.S. serviceman from Arkansas.“I was in love, actually,” Avey said, smiling, “and from then on everything went crazy.”

City discusses lawsuit, budget – Requests granted

September 30, 2009 A city water line break has apparently caused a Batesville family to be without hot water for several days, and now city officials hope to cut through some of the red tape to correct similar incidents.Tuesday night, Jonathan Freiert came before the city council to discuss a water heater that had been damaged recently. City officials said there was a 18-inch main water line out of commission, with about five houses without water.“It took all night long to fix the line,” said Red Davis, superintendent of construction and maintenance for the city utilities department.

City discusses lawsuit, budget – Federal suit filed

September 30, 2009 Batesville’s city attorney has been named in a federal lawsuit along with a number of local lawyers, and now the city has to look elsewhere for a defense team.Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council agreed to retain the Arkansas Municipal League to defend Scott Stalker in a lawsuit filed by Eddie “Scott” Morse of Strawberry in the U.S. District Court. The suit was filed Aug. 31.

City discusses lawsuit, budget – Budget process begins

September 30, 2009 Following its regular business meeting Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council adjourned for a budget meeting, covering a number of topics.City Clerk Denise Johnston said the 2009 budget, as of Aug. 31, was “$178,000 to the good,” not reflecting costs to the new Westside fire station. The fire department one-eighth cent sales tax went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 and will phase out Dec. 31, 2011.

News of Other Days

September 29, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 10, 1996.73 YEARS AGOJerry Ball, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Ball of this city, has been granted a 1937 principal appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., according to information received from Washington, D.C. He graduated from Batesville High School in May.Members of the Batesville High School Pioneer football team last night elected Harold Jones, halfback, and Estes McDonald, quarterback, captain and sub-captain, respectively.

Hawkins completes program

September 29, 2009 Richard Hawkins II of Cave City, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has completed a five-day educational program at Modern Woodmen’s home office in Rock Island, Ill.The program focused on helping families with Modern Woodmen life insurance plans, annuities and fraternal member benefits.Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

Fudge joins Stanley Wood

September 29, 2009 Stanley Wood Chevrolet and Scott Wood Chrysler have announced the association of Nick Fudge as their newest sales consultant.Fudge is a Batesville native, a graduate of Batesville High School and Arkansas State University, according to a news release from Scott Wood.“He has been in the automotive business for the past 13 years in another city and has moved back to our area to make his home with us,” Scott Wood, general manager of Stanley Wood Chevrolet, said recently.

Local doctors open new medical facility

September 29, 2009 Batesville Endoscopy has announced it is now open to provide medical services to the local community.The business was developed as a result of a group of physicians at White River Medical Center partnering together to build the first Ambulatory Surgery Center in Batesville.The facility, approximately 12,000 square feet, features four pre-procedure bays, two procedure rooms and five post-procedure areas, according to Rebecca Bennett, administrator.

New antique mall opens

September 29, 2009 Something Mary Etta Crowder has always wanted to do is run an antique store.She will get her wish Thursday, as she and her husband, Kent, will open Etta’s Attic in the cleaned and refurbished former J.E. Bond and Pawn Shop building across from the courthouse in downtown Batesville. “We’ve got a lot of really good vendors coming in; some of them are even from out of town and have run antique shops themselves in the past,” Crowder said recently.