Guard offering special rate for publishing hunting photos

November 13, 2009 Due to the overwhelming number of requests for publication of adult and youth hunting photos, the Batesville Daily Guard is offering a “scrapbook special” from now until the end of the year. The cost for a 2-column-by-3-inch boxed ad will be $25, which is less than half price. For additional information contact a member of the Guard advertising staff at (870) 793-2383 or

Deer hunting forecast looks promising

November 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — So far, deer season in Arkansas has been very good. Based on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s online and telechecking harvest numbers, the statewide harvest is already above the numbers for the same time last year. The state’s modern gun season opens Saturday.

Poaching: Hazardous on both sides of fence, road

November 13, 2009 Poaching is the illegal hunting of any wildlife. Poachers unfairly harvest game by not obeying the laws and ignoring hunting seasons. This is not only unfair to the sportsmen who hunt legally, but to others who enjoy the outdoors, too.Following is just a short list of the illegal activities and effects poaching has on the outdoor public:• Trespassing on posted property• Road hunting• Taking of game out of season• Disobeying game limits or other restrictions

Columnist offers Christmas gift ideas for outdoor types

November 13, 2009 Oh no, oh no, it’s THAT time of year, Christmas is coming and you have no idea what to get for the hunter or angler on your list. Don’t despair; here are a few ideas that will bring a smile to your outdoor guy or gal.FEATHERS & GUNPOWDER

Vance gets life in murder case

November 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Anne Pressly’s mother approached defense attorneys moments after jurors spared the life of the Arkansas man convicted of killing her daughter in an attack so brutal that it left the television anchor’s face shattered and unrecognizable.She leaned in and said softly, “You protected someone who should have never been protected.”

Students send notes to vets

November 13, 2009 Working through the Batesville Area Arts Council, local school and college students recently designed patriotic note cards and sent them to service men and women in the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock and the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.More than 900 cards were sent to let veterans know how much they are appreciated for their service, according to a news release from BAAC.

Parolee arrested for possessing stolen property

November 13, 2009  A 46-year-old Batesville man, free on parole from a state penal facility has been charged with theft by receiving, a class C felony, according to an affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Robert Moser.Moser said that on July 8, while test driving a car being repaired, Ed Carter of Barnett Auto Repair saw a Geo Tracker he had been working on sitting at a grocery store on North Central Avenue.“Upon returning to his place of business, Mr. Carter discovered the 2003 Geo Tracker had indeed been taken from the shop,” Moser said.

Community orchestra to perform

November 13, 2009 The Lyon Community Orchestra, directed by Barbara Reeve, will present a fall concert featuring fifth- and sixth-grade choirs from area schools at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Brown Chapel. The concert will feature school choirs from Cedar Ridge and Southside.Dr. Joel Plaag, director of Lyon College Concert Chorale, will direct choir pieces featured in “The World’s Greatest Concert.” Barbara Reeve and Brett Kootz will perform the Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor. Kootz is a senior homeschooled student from Star of the Sea near Hardy.

Batesville board meets Monday

November 13, 2009 Batesville School board will meet at the Central Magnet Elementary gym at 5:30 p.m. Monday for its regular meeting.Informational reports, presentations and consideration of nominating member Paul Hance to the vice president’s position to the Arkansas School Boards Association board top the agenda.   

Thanksgiving service slated

November 13, 2009 SMITHVILLE — Smithville Baptist and Methodist churches will host a community Thanksgiving service on Wednesday at the Smithville Community Center in Lawrence County.A potluck meal is planned for 6 p.m. with the service to begin at 7. Bob McMillon, pastor of Smithville Methodist Church, will be the speaker. Special music is also planned.The event is open to the public.