Benefit set for Riley family

August 6, 2009 POCAHONTAS — A rock ’n’ roll benefit show to raise money for the Billy Lee Riley family will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Randolph Music Theater in Pocahontas, according to theater manager Tom Rackley. The theater is at 302 N. Marr St. in Pocahontas.J.R. Rogers and his All-Star Band will perform, as will the theater’s house band, the Jamboree Band. The CRS Band, which has members from Thayer, Mo., Imboden and Pocahontas, will also perform. Music will be that of the 1950s and ’60s.

Council to consider rezoning

August 6, 2009 Property in the Holmes Subdivision wasn’t rezoned to commercial-2, but now there is a request on the table to rezone to commercial-1. The request will be considered when the Batesville City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes a resolution to submit an application to the Department of Parks and Tourism, amendments to the Batesville Zoning Code, 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.

Need for attorney tops agenda

August 6, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to discuss hiring a city attorney, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.“We are still without a city attorney,” she said. Russ Green of Heber Springs, who held the position, resigned June 30.The aldermen will also discuss plans for a citywide yard sale scheduled for the first weekend in October.A proposed “music in the park” program will also be discussed.Monthly departmental reports and a review of current bills complete the agenda.

Southside water rates may go up

August 6, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to review and possibly take action on a proposed water rate increase, according to an agenda for the meeting.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson will give a report concerning a bill dispute between Parker Construction and the water authority. The dispute stemmed from construction on the wastewater system.

Neighborhoods consider starting watch programs

August 6, 2009 Remember when front porches were used for getting to know one’s neighbors, and “welcome wagons” brought over cakes and casseroles when someone new moved in down the street?Tough economic times. Hectic schedules. For whatever reason, those scenes seem to be less common these days, but an initiative is under way to reach out and maybe help change some of that.Tuesday night, Batesville participated in the National Night Out, which is actually a drug and crime prevention program.

Appellate judge to run for state Supreme Court

August 6, 2009 Courtney Henry was only 6 when she became acquainted with the Arkansas court system.“When I was 6 years old and an adoption was done on my behalf I knew the law system provided unique opportunities to help others,” the Arkansas Court of Appeals judge said. “It was a moment in life when my life was changed for the better.”“Right then, I learned that attorneys and courts have the ability to liberate people from bad situations and to grant new beginnings.”

FutureFuel to get $12M

August 6, 2009 FutureFuel Chemical Company in Batesville is set to receive $12.6 million from the Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, officials announced Wednesday.FutureFuel will use the funds for the production of specialized materials for lithium-ion batteries for electric cars and other applications.“We won’t supply the battery; we’ll supply one of the major components of the battery using our customer’s proprietary technology,” according to David Baker, senior vice president of operations support at FutureFuel.

Siau arrested for shooting

August 6, 2009 A Batesville woman was arrested for attempted murder after she allegedly shot a man in the face Wednesday morning.Police say Darlene Denise Siau, 24, is being held in the reported shooting of 52-year-old Michael Wade Bailey at his home at 520 Ferrell St. in west Batesville around 10:20 a.m.Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Brenda Bittle said this morning that Siau was being held on a first-degree attempted murder warrant and was being interviewed. Officers were reportedly looking for Siau in the Cushman area, where she was captured.

Independence County Fair youth exhibitor winners announced

August 5, 2009 The Independence County Cooperative Extension Office has announced the names of youth exhibitor winners from the recent county fair. Awards/supplemental premiums are as follows:Youth Beef ExhibitorsChampion Feeder Steer, belt buckle, $125 — Brandon Draper Fourth place in Supreme Heifer Show, $120 — Trenton ToshThird place in Supreme Heifer Show, $150 — Leigh Ann BridgersReserve Champion Heifer, belt buckle, $200 — Jackson MeadGrand Champion Heifer, belt buckle, $300 — Brittany Kunkel

Business enjoys pampering pets

August 5, 2009 By Lacy MitchellGuard Staff WriterCAVE CITY — Faye Bradley’s business has gone to the dogs. Cats, too.Since opening Pampered Pets in March many furry customers and their owners have visited Bradley’s shop located at 309 N. Main St. in Cave City. It’s a business she is proud to offer in Cave City and one she hopes will continue to grow.