News of other days

May 5, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 16, 1996. 

Some schools may close if flu hits

May 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Some schools in Arkansas could close temporarily as a way to restrict the spread of the swine flu virus.The virus had not been confirmed in Arkansas as of Monday afternoon. But officials have been planning for how to handle the spread of the illness. The virus has taken the life of one toddler in the U.S. and 26 people in Mexico, many of them young. But health officials say the virus does not appear to be as severe as initially thought.

Cushman High School announces graduation

May 5, 2009 CUSHMAN — Graduation for Cushman seniors will begin at 7 p.m. May 15 in the school gymnasium. Since this is the last graduation at Cushman, there will be a special slide presentation, looking back through the years of Cushman School. The night will end with a  fireworks display on the ball field.

Animal shop has new site

May 5, 2009 Batesville Pets has moved, but not out of town, according to owners Jason and Laurin Buske.The store, formerly located on Harrison Street next to Econo-Mart Pharmacy, is now located at 1348 Porter St., right across from J.C. Penney.“We’ve been in business just over a year, and been here about a month,” Jason Buske said recently. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 on Saturday, Batesville Pets offers various small animals, reptiles, tropical fish, birds and supplies to keep them all healthy.

AgHeritage gives award

May 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Micah E. Brightwell of Cave City was one of nine students to be awarded a $500 scholarship from AgHeritage Farm Credit Services.He plans to attend Arkansas State University.Brightwell has been on the honor roll throughout high school and has been a member of the band for four years. He has been a member of 4-H for 13 years and as a 4-H representative has spent numerous hours in community service, winning many awards.

Wildcat Laundromat launches its business

May 5, 2009 SULPHUR ROCK — The Wildcat Laundromat, next door to Wildcat Station at 6909 Harrison St. at Sulphur Rock, is now open for business, according to owners Scott and April Conger.“We have all new equipment, in a new building, just across the parking lot from the gas station,” Conger said recently as he did a final check on newly installed dryers. “This means customers in the area will have a clean and secure place to do their laundry.”

Main Street Batesville receives accreditation

May 5, 2009 Main Street Batesville has been designated an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center. Each year, the National Trust and its coordinating program partners announce a list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations that have demonstrated their ability to follow the Main Street methodology.

Area Briefs

May 5, 2009 UACCB to hold graduationThe University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will hold commencement at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Independence Hall.The event is open to the public. Airport lighting to be approvedThe Batesville Airport Commission has called a special meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the terminal building.The purpose of the meeting is to approve a contractor to install the REIL (Runway End Identifier Lighting).  Civil War group to hold banquet

$150,000 complex proposed

May 5, 2009 Independence County is in the running for a $150,000 grant to build a shooting sports complex, Mike Bonds, assistant chief of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Education and Outreach Division, confirmed Monday.He said a potential site north of Batesville has been scouted by AGFC personnel and apparently meets all the requirements.He said the site is level and clear of brush, the first two requirements for the AGFC grant.