Humane society selling pork dinners; pet costume contest set

October 26, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County will have its annual pork barbecue meal fund raiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 615 E. Main St., Batesville. Meals will be available for pick-up or eat-in. Cost is $6 per plate and includes a sandwich, coleslaw, beans, dessert and soda. Free lunchtime delivery will be available for orders of five or more meals, and may be phoned in at (870) 793-5682 by Wednesday. In addition, people can order whole smoked pork butts for $25, and may want to call ahead to ensure availability.

Victims remembered at candlelight vigil

October 26, 2009 A candlelight vigil to help bring awareness to domestic violence was held in Batesville on Thursday at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall.A small crowd gathered to remember those who have died as a result of abuse, celebrate those who have survived, connect with those who work to end violence and raise public awareness about domestic violence in our communities and to promote October as domestic violence awareness month.

Political counselor to speak at Lyon

October 26, 2009 Political counselor M. Ashraf Haidari will speak at Lyon College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Nucor Auditorium as part of the college’s convocation series. His speech is titled “The War Debate: The View From Afghanistan.”Haidari is the Political Counselor, Acting Defense Attaché, and spokesman of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. He directly assists the Ambassador in his administrative and diplomatic responsibilities, helping maintain bilateral relations with the United States.

Vendors pleased with turnout

October 26, 2009 Main Street Batesville’s first-ever Autumn Antique and Crafts Festival drew more than 3,000 people into downtown during the three-day event. Approximately 16 Batesville merchants welcomed participants into their businesses to show what downtown Batesville has to offer.Thursday’s rain didn’t stop the crowds from pouring into downtown during the remainder of the event. “Main Street Batesville was thrilled by the turnout, despite the rain,” said Main Street Batesville Executive Director Paula Grimes. “Everyone said they really enjoyed the event.”

Make ‘blind on a dime’

October 23, 2009 Hunting from ground blinds is a fun, safe and effective way to hunt turkeys and deer alike. You can buy hunting blinds anywhere from $49 up to several hundred dollars. Not having a big bank account set aside for my outdoor adventures, I build my blinds from materials I find laying around. Reduce, reuse, recycle is my motto. I can use the bucks saved here to buy a forgiving present for momma, just in case we are late for Thanksgiving dinner again.

Duncan brothers win Classic tourney Kibbe, Patterson finish in second place

October 23, 2009 Overcoming two days of weather that were quite different, Heath Duncan and Jay Duncan caught 22.28 pounds of bass to win the Batesville Bassmasters Classic, the club’s season-ending tournament, Saturday and Sunday on Bull Shoals Lake, secretary Colin Patterson said.The Duncan brothers caught a limit of largemouths each day, Patterson said.

News of Other Days

October 23, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 5, 1996.

Rock collector faces citations

October 23, 2009 Standing in the pouring rain, with his pockets and vehicle full of wet gravel and rocks, a Batesville man reportedly told police Thursday afternoon that he was “from south Arkansas and we don’t have rocks like these down there.”Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins said that around 5 p.m. he and Sgt. Mike Price responded to High Rock Road where along the way people were standing on their porches and in their yards pointing down the roadway.

Found: Jewelry was not stolen

October 23, 2009 A woman who filed a police report claiming her jewelry was missing from a local gym was mistaken and the jewelry is now in her possession.According to Chris Kimball, owner of Anytime Fitness on Harrison Street, the jewelry was discovered later in a bathroom where it had been left.Sandra Kilgore of Lonoke Lane reported $2,785 worth of jewelry stolen from her locker.Michael Johnson, who manages the gym, said the missing jewelry was found six hours later in the bathroom.“He said she was so happy that she offered a reward.”

Be a Santa to a Senior seeks volunteers

October 23, 2009 The “Be a Santa to a Senior” program is still seeking volunteers to deliver gifts to senior citizens.Clay Talley, franchise owner with Home Instead Senior Care in Mountain Home, said several Batesville organizations have already signed on to help identify lonely or financially challenged older adults in the community, as well as gift ideas for each senior, while other businesses have agreed to host a tree with those names.