Police seek help finding missing girl

November 6, 2009 The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the community in finding a teenage girl missing since Wednesday.Destiny Berry, 15, is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, between 140-150 pounds, with long light brown hair. She was last seen wearing a grey shirt, jeans with holes in the knees and Croc shoes.Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call Detective Mike Mundy at the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, (870) 793-8838, or 793-8878.

Christmas memories sought

November 6, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section on Dec. 24.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St.; mail it to the Guard, Attn: Andrea Bruner, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503; or e-mail it to andreab@guardonline.com.The deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 9.

Revival starts Monday

November 6, 2009 SAFFELL — Saffell Missionary Baptist Church will host a revival meeting at 7 p.m. Monday through Nov. 13. The event is open to the public.The speakers are: Monday, Curt Howard of Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church; Tuesday, Robert Randolph of Tuckerman Missionary Baptist Church; Wednesday, Charles Morgan of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church; Thursday, Scotty Burrow, Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church; and Nov. 13, Derek Collins of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

GAP to meet

November 6, 2009 Members of the Batesville Schools Grandparents As Parents program will meet at noon Thursday at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center resource room at 1900 Lyon St. This meeting is open to any relative who is acting a the primary caregiver to any child from birth to high school. Lunch will be provided.For more information call the Parents as Teachers office at (870) 793-0627.

Area blood drives planned

November 6, 2009 The American Red Cross has planned several upcoming blood drives. For more information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.Of the approximate 37 percent of the U.S. population eligible to donate blood, only about 3 percent actually do, according to a news release. “Just as we do not want to see anyone hungry, think what would happen if there wasn’t enough blood for patients in need. This Thanksgiving season please help someone in need by giving blood. Each blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives.” Blood drives will be held as follows:

“The American’s Creed”

November 6, 2009 “I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”

Independence County DAR

November 6, 2009 The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held its November meeting in the Rider Room, First Community Bank. The meeting was conducted by secretary Anne Moore, in the absence of the regent and the vice regent.The minutes of the September and October meetings were read and approved. Mildred Thomas gave the treasurer’s report.Leda Bloesch and her daughter, Mary Jo Cunningham, served as hostesses and furnished refreshments.

Ice storm leads to safety classes

November 6, 2009 Due to so many chain saw related accidents after the January ice storm, Dana Hinkley of Logger Rescue Training Inc., a nationally recognized training program, has been teaching chain saw safety classes in the area recently, including classes in Ash Flat and near Batesville this week.

How to remove trees from roadways quickly

November 6, 2009 ASH FLAT — Chain saw safety instructor Dana Hinkley not only gave tips on felling trees during a class in Ash Flat on Tuesday, he also explained how to quickly remove trees that have fallen across roads due to windstorms, tornadoes or ice storms.Demonstrating on a pine tree he had just cut down near the old Cherokee Village hospital parking lot, Hinkley cut a deep V notch on one side the tree trunk, near its base, and an identical V notch directly across from the first — but left a couple of inches or so of wood, so the notches can work as a hinge.

Council to consider taxback

November 6, 2009 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes a taxback resolution for Townsends of Arkansas, 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.