Free marriage class offered

April 15, 2009 Batesville First Assembly of God Church’s Marriage and Family Ministry will host an eight-week marriage class entitled “Fuel for the Long Haul.”The class will be taught by a licensed marriage and family therapist and will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center in Batesville on 20th and Lyon streets beginning today. It is an non-denominational course to help couples enrich their marriages. There is no cost and child care is free. Couples may register by calling (870) 793-5489.

Be yourself, everyone else is taken

April 15, 2009 Do you ever feel like you’re just faking it?You know, walking around in a grown-up body acting like you know what you’re doing, when really you have no idea who you are inside.We all play act. We don a suit, go to work and act like the other people at the office.We get married, have kids, buy a house and join the PTA, yet secretly wonder if the other grown-ups feel just as clueless as we do.We frequently put so much energy into being who we think we should be that we forget who we actually are.

Area Briefs

April 15, 2009 Children’s concerts announced

Exemptions may be added to trash ordinance

April 15, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court is still hammering out details of the county trash fee ordinance, but it looks as though there will be some exemptions.The quorum court met Monday and heard from the Solid Waste Committee, which had met in March and approved four exemptions:• inaccessibility or remoteness of property;• vacant land; • multiple tenancies; • unoccupied residence.

Business owners voice opposition

April 15, 2009 Several people spoke before the Batesville City Council Tuesday night against the ordinance proposed by the city’s historic district commission.Local attorney Jerry Post, whose office is at the corner of Main and Central Avenue, said he opposed the ordinance. One reason is because his office was built in 1975 and “doesn’t have very much historical impact.” However he owns a building behind that one that was built in 1858. “It has existed 151 years without a committee to help me on it.”

Preservation staffer addresses pros, cons

April 15, 2009 Several downtown Batesville property owners showed support for an ordinance designed to protect the historic character of the area.Tuesday night, Boyd Maher, Certified Local Government coordinator with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and Rob Middleton, a city planning consultant, came before the Batesville City Council as it heard the second reading of the ordinance.Maher said he has been working with the local historic district commission since it was appointed 18 months ago and the Main Street Batesville board before that.

Council splits on pushing through third reading

April 15, 2009 The downtown property owners are divided over a historic preservation ordinance, but Tuesday night the Batesville City Council was also split over a decision that would have pushed the ordinance through at its regular meeting.The council opened its meeting to an audience of about 50 — quite a crowd for a government body that usually has a dozen or less spectators.Most of them were for an ordinance that would establish “procedures for the protection and preservation of the character and properties within the historic district.”

News of other days

April 14, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 25, 1996. 

Man arrested for alcohol

April 14, 2009 A 20-year-old man has been arrested on alcohol-related charges after he reportedly tried to elude Newark Deputy David Sallas last week.Sallas said he was on patrol April 6 when he saw a red Chevrolet Barrette traveling at a high rate of speed.Sallas said when he tried to catch up to the car, the driver, later identified as Daniel Rommel, sped away and started zigzagging through town before he was finally stopped at the intersection of Village and Long streets.