Republican Women to meet

December 8, 2009 Independence County Republican Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a Dutch-treat luncheon at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The program will be presented by Jacque Martin of Quitman, state coordinator for Secure Arkansas, who will discuss the Taxed Enough Already Party movement’s relevancy to the political process.

Properties nominated for national register

December 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program nominated 34 properties in 27 Arkansas counties to the National Register of Historic Places when it met Dec. 2, AHPP announced.Area properties to be considered for National Register nomination are:• Miller Creek Bridge at Batesville in Independence County, a 1914 concrete structure;• Central Avenue Bridge at Batesville in Independence County, a 1930 open-spandrel concrete bridge;

Churches to hold cantata

December 8, 2009 DESHA — Desha and Jamestown United Methodist Churches will present a cantata called “A 1940s Christmas Homecoming” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 145 Jamestown Road in Desha.The event will honor the local National Guard unit and its families as well as all military personnel both past and present.The cantata will combine music and drama from the swing music of the 1940s and a United Service Organizations Military Christmas Show. Those attending are welcome to dress in the 1940s style or in military uniforms.

‘Down Home Christmas’ to be presented tonight, Thursday

December 8, 2009 SULPHUR ROCK — Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary will present a “Down Home Christmas” at 6 tonight in the school cafetorium. Admission is free. “The play will be dedicated to troops who cannot be home with their families for Christmas,” organizer Helen Musgrave said. Central Magnet Elementary will present the play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Batesville Schools central offices located at the old middle school on Water Street.

Council has light agenda

December 8, 2009 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall. The council will recognize Batesville School District workers, consider placement of liens for condemnations and hear a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.All meetings are open to the public, and any citizen may address the council with comments or concerns.

Free Christmas dinner offered

December 8, 2009 Batesville Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a free Christmas dinner at 1 p.m. Friday 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.

No sugar plum fairies here – Williford couple finds nutcrackers ‘suite’

December 8, 2009 WILLIFORD — In a nutshell, one might say Nancy and George Thurston are nutty about nutcrackers.They have been collecting them for years, and now the decorations have taken over their home in Williford.Nancy fell in love with nutcrackers after taking her daughter to see the ballet at the Lincoln Center in New York City. That was in the 1960s, when the Lincoln Center first opened.

Body found inside burning vehicle

December 8, 2009 ASH FLAT — Firefighters discovered a body in a vehicle that was burning in the rear parking lot of Ivey’s Car Wash in Ash Flat about 11 p.m. Monday, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.“I guess someone had noticed a vehicle on fire there and called the fire department. When they extinguished the fire, they saw what they thought was a body in the vehicle.”The body was that of 28-year-old man, Brittany R. Dahm, of Cherokee Village, according to sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry. The vehicle was a 1999 Chevy Tahoe.

Hearing set – Former Ozarka president to address board

December 8, 2009 MELBOURNE — Doug Rush is going back to Ozarka College.This time, because the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled he is entitled to an open session to clear his name. The former Ozarka president was fired July 7, 2005 by the board for “dishonesty, insubordination, failure to comply with state laws, and willful disregard of board policy after being warned that this would not be tolerated.”He sued.

News of Other Days

December 7, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 20, 1996.