Caverns offers photo tours

July 8, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Over 40 years ago, Blanchard Springs Caverns received national attention when the photographs of A.Y. Owens displayed the caverns’ awesome beauty on the pages of Life magazine, according to a news release. Life called Blanchard “one of the most extraordinary cave finds of the century.”

Area Briefs

July 8, 2009 State to receive $14M for ice storm recovery

Smoke testing begins Thursday

July 8, 2009 On Thursday, Pipeline Analysis Inc. will begin smoke testing the entire Batesville sewer collection system, city officials have announced. Pipeline Analysis is a contractor hired by the Batesville Water Utilities to do a complete survey of the entire wastewater collection system. The smoke testing is expected to continue through September, Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson said. Door hangers will be placed approximately 24 hours prior to smoke testing to notify business and homeowners.

Rotary club presents awards

July 8, 2009 The Batesville Rotary Club finished its 2008-09 year by installing officers for 2009-10, as well as honoring several club members for their service during a recent meeting.Mark House of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home was installed as club president, Dwight Ford of First Community Bank as president-elect, Ronald Richardson of White River Health System as secretary, Andy Walmsley of Ameriprise Financial as treasurer and Renee Long of Citizens Bank as sergeant-at-arms.

Fleeing from imaginary officers leads to accident; charges filed

July 8, 2009 A man who believed he was being chased by police and wrecked his truck during the process has been charged with several traffic offenses, but none of them for fleeing.Independence County Deputy Bret Ward said he was dispatched to 210 Shamrock Lane around 11 p.m. Monday after a call was received from a fence owner, Jerry Stephens, saying that someone had driven through the fence and medical help was needed.

Inaugural year ends for 2nd Friday walks

July 8, 2009 The 2nd Friday Wonder and Wander Walk completes its first year this week, with a full slate of activities. Despite some weather-related challenges, the monthly downtown festival has proven to be popular with both locals and visitors, said Paula Grimes, Main Street Batesville executive director, who has coordinated the walk.

Marzewski authors first book

July 8, 2009 As a child, Jason Marzewski struggled with a learning disorder that made school a challenge. To cope, he found solace in words.His father traveled quite a bit for his job, and during that time David Marzewski would make up stories on the airplanes and draw pictures during the meetings. When he’d return home, he had a head full of stories and several pages of drawings for his son. Marzewski hung his pictures on his wall and carried his dad’s stories in his mind.

Inmate on lam

July 8, 2009 An inmate awaiting a bed in a state facility has skipped out after being furloughed by a judge.Sgt. Rick Sheppard with the jail said Bryan David Von Alt, 46, was released on June 30 on furlough by Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp and told to report back to the county jail on July 3, but didn’t return.The address Von Alt was released to was listed as 3065 Bethesda Road, according to Independence County police.

News of other days

July 7, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 18, 1996.

Dry cleaners now open in Batesville

July 7, 2009 A Newport dry cleaning and laundry company has expanded its operation to include a Batesville location.Neighborhood Cleaners, located at 2235 E. St. Louis St. (across from Burger King), is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Bobby Thompson, manager of the Newport store.“We are a drop-off store,” Thompson said. “Customers can drop off their cleaning or laundry one morning, we will take it to our Newport plant and they can pick it up the next day.”