Calico to host event

November 17, 2009 Calico ROCK — Calico Rock will hold its annual Merchant’s Holiday Open House on Saturday. There will be holiday items for sale, refreshments and door prize drawings. That same day, the 20/20 Group will have a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. at the new pocket park next to the old Vogue Cleaners. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Chamber president Rebecca Greenwood will be on hand to cut the ribbon on this garden provided by The 20/20 Group, with donations from Frederika Silvey-Johns and Dean and Peggy Hudson.

Spit for the Cure, annual bazaar slated

November 17, 2009 HARDY — Sharp County Extension Homemakers will hold their annual bazaar at the old Hardy Gym at 203 School St. in Hardy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. “This event has grown each year to include something for everyone from flea market items to a bake sale,” a press release states. “Lunch will be available with lots of good food. Come early for best flea market bargains. There is plenty of parking space and no admission.”All women age 18 and older are also encouraged to be a volunteer participant in Spit for the Cure, which will also be held.

Survival class scheduled

November 17, 2009 EVENING SHADE — The Evening Shade Friends of the Library is sponsoring a survival class at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Evening Shade Library, president Judy Qualls said.The class is free and open to the public.It will last about one hour and will all be conducted inside, Qualls said. 

Gourd workshop offered

November 17, 2009 The Batesville Area Arts Council will offer a Gourd Art Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30, at the council’s art gallery at 246 Main St. To register, or for more information, call the gallery at (870) 793-3382, or visit its Web site at www.batesvellearts.org.

Needs assessment meetings scheduled for Thursday, Monday

November 17, 2009 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will hold some upcoming meetings in various townships to focus on a needs assessment, director Ed Mabry said.One meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pleasant Plains Fire Station for justice of the peace Districts 2 and 3 (Floral and Pleasant Plains).Another will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville for JP District 10.

Sharp budget approved

November 17, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court approved a 2010 budget Monday that lists almost $1.6 million in the general fund and almost $2.1 million in the road budget.Those figures do not include departmental budgets that are kept separate because they fall into neither category or because that is required by law.Among the highest separate budgets are $447,290 in the property reappraisal fund, $273,679 in the 911 Central Dispatch fund, $206,000 in the county library budget and $146,894 in the county recorder’s fund.

Newark students flying high

November 17, 2009 Brandy Renfrow couldn’t help but feel a little jealous watching as students in groups of three boarded planes at the Batesville airport Wednesday morning.“We just get to watch. It ain’t fair,” she said with a laugh, talking on her cell phone. Standing outside at the terminal with other parents and a group of more than 30 Newark Elementary third-graders, Renfrow said being able to watch daughter Kaitlyn Renfrow take her first plane ride was exciting.“I think it’s neat. I’ve never seen this before,” Renfrow said, smiling, adding, “I’ve never been on a plane before.”

Lyon College receives grant to develop trail

November 17, 2009 The state Highway Commission has approved a $16,700 grant for Lyon College to develop a recreational trail along the bluff that borders the north side of the campus.The grant is one of 25 projects approved by the commission to develop recreational trails throughout Arkansas using funds made available through federal funding for the Recreational Trails Program. Applications were received for 58 projects.The city of Batesville received a grant for $40,900 to begin building a “greenway,” an alternate transportation path for joggers, walkers, skaters and bicycle riders.

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November 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 2, 1996.

‘Nutcracker’ set for this weekend

November 16, 2009 North Arkansas Dance Theatre will present the fifth annual “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Independence Hall. NADT will add to its first four years’ performances with the addition of Dr. E.T. Jones of Batesville playing the part of Opah. Jones is 94 years old and takes ballroom dance lessons at the Batesville Ballet, Etc. He will be the elderly grandfather who presides over the Christmas festivities and takes a spin on the dance floor with his nurse played by Hannah Paulson.