‘Experience the Magic’

November 10, 2009 More than 60 Arkansas communities invite visitors to “Experience the Magic” this year during the annual Trail of Holiday Lights. The choices of events and decorations are as varied as the towns themselves, with the majority of them beginning in late November or early December. Van Buren got a head start on other towns Nov. 7-8 with its open house, followed by Wynne’s Festival of Trees on Monday.

Lighting display under way

November 10, 2009 Halloween is barely over but the city of Batesville has been hard at work for weeks now preparing for the upcoming Trail of Holiday Lights.Some 118,000 lights have already been hung, and that’s just half of what is anticipated to be on display in Batesville.

JPs may consider tax for trash

November 10, 2009 During its Monday night meeting, the Independence County Quorum Court heard good news and bad regarding the county’s finances for 2009.On the negative side, Justice of the Peace Gary Bridgman, chairman of the solid waste committee, reported that the county’s solid waste/recycling programs took a hit this year because of the economy.In the solid waste department, he said, there is not enough revenue coming in from the $5 county trash fee to cover expenses.As for the recycling program, the price of recycled goods like cardboard and aluminum have declined drastically.

News of Other Days

November 9, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 21, 1996.

Soldiers to return

November 9, 2009 FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Pvt. Joseph Foster took a bullet in the leg during the Fort Hood shooting rampage. He pauses when he’s asked about the mayhem, then credits a stout heritage with bringing him through the ordeal and leaving him eager for his scheduled January deployment to Afghanistan.“I’m Irish. It hit the bone and bounced out,” Foster, of Ogden, Utah, said Sunday of the bullet that tore into his left hip. His wife is uneasy about the deployment, but the 21-year-old Foster is resolute. “I’m a soldier. It’s my job.”

Southside meets tonight

November 9, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside school board will meet at 6:30 tonight at the high school cafeteria annex for its November meeting.Included on the agenda are principal reports and consideration of entering a contract with an architectural firm for a high school roofing project.

Pizza money stolen

November 9, 2009 A burglary at Domino’s Pizza sometime Friday night resulted in the loss of $150 in bills and coins from the cash drawer, according to store owner Deborah Powell.“She said she opened up at 11 a.m. and when she opened the cash drawer all the cash was missing,” Deputy Shawn Stephens said in his report.“There was no forced entry to the building, although the back door knob is loose,” Stephens said. “Powell had no suspects to list in the burglary.”In other reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:

Christmas memories sought

November 9, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section on Dec. 24.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St.; mail it to the Guard, Attn: Andrea Bruner, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503; or e-mail it to andreab@guardonline.com.The deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 9.

Fall bazaar planned

November 9, 2009 Barren Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Women’s Ministry will hold its annual fall bazaar Friday at the church.Fried pies, baked goods, homemade goodies and other items will be for sale, and a barbecue chicken plate with all the trimmings will be available for $6.50. Eat-in and carry-out meals will be available, and deliveries will be made upon request.

Church to hold bazaar

November 9, 2009 BETHESDA — Bethesda Campground Methodist Church will host its annual Fall Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.There will be crafts, a bake sale and white elephant table. Tickets for a soup or chili lunch are $6.