Council eyes taxis, Census

May 14, 2009 Without water and wastewater rate increases, the Batesville City Council made fairly short work of the business at hand Tuesday night.The council heard the first reading of two ordinances. One was to amend the city’s code governing taxicab franchises. The original was outdated and several changes have been made.

Tourism officials look at ways to get more visitors to Ozarks

May 14, 2009 “Spring Into Tourism” was the theme for a day of music, information and presentations Monday in the Batesville pocket park to celebrate tourism and to kick off the tourism season.Ozark Gateway Tourist Council President-elect Bob Pest discussed the council’s plans for developing a Heritage Tourism Scenic Drives project and introduced the speakers.

Prowler held at gunpoint

May 14, 2009 After being held at gunpoint in a stranger’s yard until police arrived Wednesday morning, a Batesville man later reportedly told officers that he didn’t know where he was, or what he was doing there, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Billy Joe Brown, who lives at 134 Miller Drive in Spring Valley, told deputies that shortly after midnight he and his wife heard someone knocking on the windows of their home.

Divers, dogs join search for boater

May 14, 2009 Rescue and recovery divers, specialized cadaver dogs, underwater sonar and even old-fashioned drag lines were employed Wednesday in a futile attempt to find a man believed missing on the White River near Batesville.Divers from the Conway Fire Department’s Special Operations unit spent the day searching an area between an ammonia pipeline crossing about 5 miles north of Batesville, and the mouth of Greenbrier Creek a few miles downstream.

News of other days

May 13, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 24, 1996. 

Paintballers target Chevy dealership

May 13, 2009 Thanks to an alert custodian, a local car dealership escaped relatively unscathed from an early morning paintball attack Friday. The Stanley Wood Chevrolet dealership, 290 N. Central Ave., came under attack shortly after 2 a.m., according to Independence County Deputy Ben Keener.

Midland graduation to be Friday

May 13, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS ­— Midland High School will have its graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Valedictorian is Cody Ramsey, the son of Lanny Ramsey and Christina Ramsey.

Southside High graduation ceremonies set

May 13, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Commencement exercises for the Southside High School graduation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville for 92 graduating seniors.Valedictorians will be Alyssa Michelle Brock, Mary Elizabeth Castleman, Kelly Marie Cross, Brittney Diane Goad, Kelly Danielle Jackson, Whitley Danielle Poole and Miranda Alise Tucker. James Marvin Sturch has been named salutatorian.

Retired teachers to meet

May 13, 2009 The Izard County Retired Teachers and School Employees Association will meet at Ozarka College at 11:30 a.m. Monday for Dutch treat lunch. The program will be highlights of the Area II Spring Meeting, the latest news from Arkansas Retired Teachers Association office, making plans for next year and wrapping up for the summer.Members are encouraged to continue to bring items for Safe Passage, one of the association’s community projects.  

Sharp domestic violence agency receives funds

May 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — Spring River Adult/Child Services Inc. has received a $1,000 Giving Tree grant, made possible by the Sharp County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation.The funds will be used toward telecommunications.Spring River Adult/Child Services is a nonprofit agency that provides services to individuals affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual assault in Sharp and Fulton counties. It is funded by the revenues from the SACS Thrift store, community grants and donations. It receives no state or federal funding at this time.