Mabry addresses Kiwanis members

October 6, 2009 Batesville Kiwanis Club members Friday received an update on the new Department of Human Services Call Center to be built in Batesville, presented by guest speaker Ed Mabry, director of the Independence County Economic Development Commission.Mabry told those in attendance that meetings will start next week with DHS to select a site and develop training programs. ”I think by the quorum court meeting we’ll have all the basics in place.” Mabry said.

Robbery reported – College student claims school loan was taken at gunpoint

October 6, 2009  A Batesville man says he was robbed at gunpoint of his student loan money early Sunday morning in what he believes was a set-up deal.Austin D. Carter, 19, told police that he had a friend to take him to cash his $2,500 student loan check Saturday, and then around 2 a.m. Sunday he was robbed while riding in the car with the same friend.Carter told Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan that he and the friend were going to a residence on Broadwater Lane when they drove upon a man they knew standing in the road on Davis Lane.

Floral chief seeks election

October 6, 2009 A request to the Independence County Election Commission for a special election on Dec. 8, to modify the Floral fire district, must go before the quorum court first, according to election commissioners.The commission met Monday morning to discuss a petition, submitted by Floral Fire Chief Mark Biram and signed by 10 percent of the population of the affected district.The petition asks for the election to form a state-approved fire protection district in both the Liberty and Relief townships.

News of Other Days

October 5, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 16, 1996.73 YEARS AGOContributions in the amount of $340.50 given by Batesville business people and paid to J.C. and J.B. Fitzhugh for a municipal park site east of here were returned to the park committee today by the Fitzhugh brothers for use in improving the park.

Jazz benefit to be Sunday in downtown Batesville

October 5, 2009 The Rodney Block Jazz Project will perform in concert at “Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon” at 3 p.m. Sunday. The performance, a benefit for Ozark Foothills FilmFest Inc., will take place at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, 231 East Main, in historic downtown Batesville.

Man arrested on sex charge

October 5, 2009 FORT SMITH (AP) — Authorities say a Fort Smith man who once worked with an organization promoting abstinence in schools has been arrested for sexual indecency with a child.Fort Smith Police Sgt. Levi Risley says that 25-year-old Tobias Patrick Lyons was arrested Friday after he allegedly asked a 14-year-old girl for sex.Risley says Lyons previously worked with Reality Check, an organization that makes abstinence presentations in area schools. The Reality Check office in Fort Smith confirmed Lyons had worked there, but declined further comment.

Officials study 2 rail routes

October 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials say a high-speed passenger train from Little Rock to Memphis could use one of two existing railroad tracks.One goes north to Bald Knob and the other goes south to Pine Bluff before turning toward Memphis. There is no direct rail line between the two cities.The highway department has applied for a $500,000 federal grant to be matched with $500,000 in state money to pay for two separate rail studies.

Drilling may be slowed for Fayetteville Shale

October 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission said this week it wants to slow down some natural-gas drilling in the Fayetteville Shale formation to ensure royalty owners aren’t “ripped off.”“Our biggest fear is not protecting the royalty owner,” Commission Chairman Chad White of Magnolia told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “The commission is the only thing standing between the royalty owner and the (production) company to make sure the (royalty owner) is not ripped off in some way.”

Clark wins scholarship semifinals

October 5, 2009 The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of semifinalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among those selected is Batesville High student Natanya L. Clark.Clark, who is among the 16,000 chosen semifinalists will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 national merit scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring, a news release states.

Stagner inducted

October 5, 2009 JONESBORO — The Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society has selected Sherrie Lynn Stagner of Batesville for membership in the local chapter at Arkansas State University.