Tax payments due

October 5, 2009 Since Oct. 10 falls on a Saturday this year, the last day to pay taxes is Oct. 13, according to the Independence County Tax Collector Janet Perkey.These include personal taxes, real estate taxes and business personal taxes.Perkey said since the deadline falls on a weekend, the date is pushed back, but because the post office is closed for Columbus Day on Monday, the deadline is pushed back even further.The tax collection office will be open every regular workday between now and then. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Career education state board brags on Cave City programs

October 5, 2009 CAVE CITY — The variety and quality of career-oriented training offered to students at Cave City High School appeared to astound Arkansas Department of Career Education board members Thursday.For the first time in 10 years, the board and its guests, totaling about 30, met at a school.

Egyptian exhibit now on display

October 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed is now open for public view at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and will run until July 5, 2010.World of the Pharaohs, the largest exhibition to ever be held in Arkansas, explores the long-vanished world of ancient Egypt through art and artifacts that span more than 3,000 years of dynastic history.More than 200 objects including mummies, a majestic colossus of Ramses the Great, Egyptian art, jewelry, statues, sculptures and funerary artifacts illustrate the life and art of ancient Egypt.

Parade theme is ‘Dr. Seuss’

October 5, 2009 The theme for the 2009 Christmas Parade is “Dr. Seuss Mystical Christmas,” the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced.The lighting ceremony will begin 5:15 p.m., and the parade will start at 6.Last year there were 15 or more floats, not including bands, walking groups, individuals entries, etc., said Lacy Baker, communications and events coordinator at the chamber.

Bonds set – $1M for alleged shooter, $500K for accomplice

October 5, 2009 Bond has been set for two men charged in a shooting last week that left a 19-year-old Sulphur Rock man in critical condition.Judge Adam Harkey set bond at $1,000,000 for 22-year-old Brian Fallis of Newark and at $500,000 for 23-year-old Adam Brewer of Batesville. Both men are accused in the shooting of Spencer Gates, who remains hospitalized in Little Rock.Authorities officially charged the two Friday with first-degree attempted murder, a class A felony.

News of Other Days

October 2, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 15, 1996.73 YEARS AGOEstes McDonald, 190-pound quarterback, was the star for the Batesville High School Pioneer football team in winning 8-0 over Walnut Ridge at the fairgrounds field here Friday night.Liston Hager of Batesville, halfback for the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys, led Tech to a 21-0 win over the Kansas State Teachers team at Pittsburg, Kan., Friday.

Fish, ‘Grand Slam’ puts big smile on youth’s face

October 2, 2009 Back during cold weather a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to take my youngest son, Taylor, trout fishing with a guide on the Little Red River near Heber Springs. A friend and I were invited to the media days at Lindsey’s Rainbow resort that February, where we stayed in a cabin overlooking the river.

Roger Brown, David Diemer take bass club honors

October 2, 2009 CAVE CITY — Roger Brown and Donald Diemer won the Cave City Bass Club’s Co-Anglers of the Year titles, tying in points accumulated throughout the season, tournament director Ron Watkins said.“That’s the first time that’s ever happened,” Watkins said. “We always have an Angler of the Year.”One of the members of most teams miss a tournament or two during the season in order to go turkey hunting or for some other reason, he said, so the club has never had a tie before. However, this year, Brown and Diemer fished every event as a team.

Close encounter of the bear kind

October 2, 2009 In many parts of the mid-South, bears are becoming increasingly common. Although most are shy and elusive, contact with people can lead them to behave in ways that may create danger for people and problems for the bears.———Crash! Something big was moving just down the mountain. The squirrel I’d shot was proving hard to find, so I was thrashing around through the brush and rocks searching for the bushy tail. Hmmm, I thought, the noise must have startled a deer.

Rains provide opportunities for fall floating in the Ozarks

October 2, 2009 Recent rainfall is providing a unique opportunity in the Ozarks region of Arkansas — fall floating.Water levels high enough for canoeing or kayaking in the fall are rare. But, accumulations of over seven inches of rain in the Ozarks during the last week make this weekend prime for canoeing streams such as the Buffalo, Kings and Mulberry rivers.