Lyon prepares for homecoming weekend

October 19, 2009 Lyon College is gearing up for not one but two celebrations during its 2009 Homecoming.The college will celebrate its traditional homecoming Friday through Sunday with a variety of activities involving current students and alumni. On Saturday, the College will also celebrate the inauguration of its new president, Dr. Donald V. Weatherman.Homecoming activities kick off Friday with a Pipers volleyball game versus Martin-Methodist in Becknell Gymnasium at 7 p.m. followed by a music department showcase in Bevens Music Room.

Domestic event is Thursday

October 19, 2009 Family Violence Prevention will host its 20th Annual Candlelight Vigil to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence as well as celebrate the stories of survivors. The Clothesline Project along with silent “witnesses” will be displayed Thursday at Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus..

Southside named FireWise community Program aims to protect homes from wildfires

October 19, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — How do you save your rural home from wildfires? Just ask the FireWise folks.Southside’s fire district was named the latest FireWise Community after meeting all criteria set by the National Fire Protection Association, said Michele Steinberg, FireWise communities support manager for the association, and FireWise Publications Manager Cheryl Blake, during a visit to the Southside Fire Station on Friday.

Concord district removed from fiscal distress list

October 19, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord School District is off the state’s fiscal distress list.“I heard from lots of faculty and staff members who were just elated,” Dr. Mike Davidson, superintendent, said right after the announcement. “They’re just excited and elated. Everyone in the district was working very hard to get off that list ... they have turned this district around.”He’s feeling pretty good about it himself.Any school on the fiscal district list for two years may be forced by the state to consolidate or be annexed to other nearby districts.

Hunt makes for family fun

October 16, 2009 The addition of Sam, a new squirrel dog, to the family recently provided a very entertaining afternoon for myself and two teenage sons.Taylor, the youngest at 13, used his trusty .22 caliber rifle, while Jimmy, 15,  used a pump 12-gauge shotgun.We started the morning out with Sam treeing in several den trees before we decided to cross over a small ridge into a stand of hardwoods, and that’s when things began to get exciting under the tree.

High water stop hunts

October 16, 2009 AUGUSTA — This week’s heavy rains resulted in significant rises in the level of the White River. The flooding has forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to cancel the deer muzzleloader permit hunt on Henry Gray Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area in eastern Arkansas. The hunt was scheduled to begin Saturday and continue through Wednesday.Until water levels on the White River recede, archery deer hunting also is closed on the WMA.

Squirrels: Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re fun to hunt, good to eat

October 16, 2009 Squirrels are either the spawn of the devil, the cute little critters that go so boldly into your bird feeder or the best tasting of all wild game. You choose, but after extensive research most hunters vote for the third option.Three types of squirrels live in this part of the world: the ever-present and overbold gray squirrel, the much larger fox squirrel and the night-riding flying squirrel. Since flying squirrels mostly come out at night and are too tiny to eat, we are going to ignore them. They’re classified as non-game animals in Arkansas.

‘New Moon’: BJHS reviews book

October 16, 2009 School is back in full swing and we at Batesville Junior High School want to encourage everyone to read more books.Once a month we will be sharing our favorite books. This month we chose “New Moon” by Stephanie Meyer. “New Moon” is the sequel to the extremely popular “Twilight.” As the movie-opening of Nov. 20 advances, the book has become increasingly popular. 

NCARED may release some county members

October 16, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development Corporation may be losing some of its numbers.The board met recently and learned that since transition to the new dues structure in late 2008, only two of the eight counties within the NCARED region (Izard and Fulton) had paid dues for 2009. If that trend continues, officials said, the 2010 budget will see a significant shortfall.

News of Other Days

October 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 29, 1996.73 YEARS AGOJohn Conway Fitzhugh, 77, one of Batesville’s leading citizens for more than 60 years and an outstanding church and civic leader, died here at 4 o’clock this morning, Death was caused by a heart attack which occurred last week.