Trash schedule remains same

November 9, 2009 County trash trucks will run their normal routes on Wednesday (Veterans Day), according to Claudette Jones with the Independence County Judge’s Office.

Ozarka to honor Libby Cone

November 9, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College will host a reception at 1 p.m. Friday in the administration building to honor Libby Cone. The event is open to the public.Cone is retiring as the director of human resources after serving Ozarka for more than 34 years in other capacities, including administrative assistant for the president’s office. She also received Outstanding Employee recognition from Ozarka in 2004 at the Arkansas Association of Two Year College conference along with numerous other accomplishments during her employment at the college.

Leaf pickup to begin

November 9, 2009 Leaf pickup will start this week in Batesville, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh has announced.Leaves will be picked up according to the city’s garbage routes. For instance, residents with trash pickup on Tuesday may see the leaf machine in their neighborhood that same day, Elumbaugh explained. Then the next day the machine will follow Wednesday’s garbage route, even if all the leaves weren’t picked up on Tuesday. Crews will revisit neighborhoods as needed.Monday will be a “wild card day” as crews will pick up leaves at different places, Elumbaugh said.

Low cost spay/neuter offered

November 9, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County still has several slots open for its November low-income spay/neuter clinic, according to a news release. The clinic will be Nov. 17 and is available to those who meet the criteria of low income and have animals that need to be spayed or neutered. Additional clinics will be offered in the coming months. For more information or to make an appointment, call (870) 793-0090 between noon and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Quorum court to meet

November 9, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet in regular session at 6 tonight in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter building at Third and Main streets in Batesville.Among items on tonight’s agenda will be a report from the Independence County Economic Development Commission regarding progress being made in establishment of a Department of Human Services call center to be built in Batesville next year, and other economic projects.

Flag lowering extended

November 9, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Late Friday morning, President Barack Obama ordered U.S. flags at federal offices and installations lowered to half-staff through Veterans Day in honor of those killed and wounded at Fort Hood in Texas on Tuesday.To coincide with this order, Gov. Mike Beebe has extended the order requesting U.S. and Arkansas flags in the state to be flown at half-staff through Veterans Day as well.

Body found in cemetery

November 9, 2009 The body of a Floral man found in a local cemetery Saturday morning has been sent to the state crime lab to determine the cause of his death, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Police say the body of Raymond Eugene Parker, 49, was found at Egner Cemetery on Allen Chapel Road by a man visiting a family grave with his wife. Bittle said the couple went to a nearby location to call police and later returned to the cemetery to give a statement.

Board meets, discusses activities

November 9, 2009 Since September, 1,375 new cards have been distributed at the Independence County Library.That’s a significant amount in such a short time, White River Regional Library director Debra Sutterfield told the Independence County Library board in a brief meeting Thursday. The cards are part of the library’s new process of automation, in which items checked out are scanned, along with the card, into the library database which can be accessed at any computer terminal in the library to check the item’s availability.

City gets money

November 9, 2009 Batesville will get some green to go green.Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said the city is receiving $40,900 for the first section in a planned “greenway” as part of the Arkansas Recreation Trails Program.This is a federal trails grant from the Arkansas State Highway Commission to create a path as an alternate transportation plan for joggers, walkers, skaters and bicycle riders. The 12-foot-wide paved trail will allow people to go from neighborhoods, businesses and even industries like White River Medical Center to recreational facilities.

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November 6, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 20, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO