Trees issue at meeting

October 14, 2009 The city of Batesville admits it was at fault for trimming one resident’s tree but not for some that officials say were blocking the view of a stop sign.Tuesday night, Carter and Donna Yeatman, who live at the corner of Eighth and Rock streets, came before the city council and asked that the city replace some blue cypress trees that were trimmed last week. The trees are about four feet from the back side of the curb and had overgrown into the street, officials said.“They basically butchered three of our trees,” Donna said. “They now are shaped like palm trees.”

News of Other Days

October 13, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 24, 1996.73 YEARS AGOA cotton census report from the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census, shows that there were 3,063 bales of cotton ginned in Independence County prior to Oct. 1 as compared with 669 bales ginned on Oct. 1, 1935. The figures came from W.M. Kent, special agent.

Man accused of sexual indecency with a child

October 13, 2009 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 21-year-old man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to court documents filed by Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Mundy said in his court affidavit that around 9 p.m. Oct. 8, Cpl. Ernie Gillihan took a report from a man who said he had just learned that his teenage daughter and a 21-year-old man had been having sex.Since Ponce is an illegal immigrant and considered a flight risk, he was placed under an investigative hold for sexual indecency with a child.

Water board to hear reports

October 13, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 tonight in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear several reports, Manager John Richardson said.Authority Attorney Gary Vinson will report on Parker Construction’s legal battle with the authority concerning wastewater project construction costs.Richardson will give a manager’s reports, September water and wastewater financial reports, and a September systems total report.Scott Williams will give a water treatment plant third-quarter performance report.

Yard sale items needed

October 13, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County is collecting items this week for a yard sale Saturday.Donated items — no clothing will be accepted — may be dropped off at the shelter north of Batesville noon-5:30 p.m. all vweek, through Friday.

Conway to hold 97th annual gospel singing

October 13, 2009 CONWAY — The 97th Annual Arkansas State Gospel Singing Convention will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Bowery Baptist Church, located at 889 Otto Road in Conway.Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the afternoon session at 1 p.m.For more information call Raymond Bush at (501) 329-5040.To reach the church from I-40, take exit 129, then take Highway 286 East for six and a half miles to Saltillo and go 1/2 mile on Otto Road.

Chili supper scheduled

October 13, 2009 UNION HILL — Union Hill-Thida Volunteer Fire Department will have a chili supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.Chili, chili dogs, chili pies, hot dogs, drinks and dessert will be available. Donations will be accepted. Anne Moore, justice of the peace, will be in attendance.

WBC announces Harvest Fest

October 13, 2009 Walnut Ridge — Williams Baptist College will hold its annual Harvest Fest celebration Oct. 28 for local children and church groups, and many participants come in their costumes.The festival will be held in WBC’s Carter Field House from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and tickets for games and activities can be purchased at the door with money or with a donation of canned goods.