Area Briefs

December 16, 2008 Board member to be appointed CAVE CITY - The Cave City School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the superintendent's office to appoint a board member to replace Buell Wilkes, who resigned last month, Superintendent Steven Green said.

Deadline approaches for loans

December 16, 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Because floods and severe weather damaged several parts of Arkansas earlier this year, Congressman Marion Berry is encouraging owners of all eligible small businesses that were affected by the March storms to learn more about Economic Injury Disaster Loans available from the Small Business Administration, said his communications director, Angela Guyadeen.

Concord council OKs budget

December 16, 2008 CONCORD - The Concord Town Council approved a 2009 budget last week that lists about $135,000 in anticipated expenditures, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said. That includes $75,530 in the general fund and $58,410 in the street fund. The largest line item in the general fund is $53,268 for personnel and benefits.

Batesville to annex Cushman District

December 16, 2008 CUSHMAN - Batesville will annex Cushman next year. Representatives from both school boards met Monday night - despite icy roads. "We all came in four-wheel drives, and Batesville came up in a four-wheel drive," Cushman Superintendent Gary Anderson said this morning.

Teddy Bear Ministry receives donation

December 16, 2008 The cupboards in Jim Black's office at White River Medical Center are stuffed with penguins, rabbits and - of course - lots and lots of teddy bears. Opening a door might result in a furry critter tumbling out onto Black's desk.

Batesville to annex Cushman District

December 16, 2008 CUSHMAN - Batesville will annex Cushman next year. Representatives from both school boards met Monday night - despite icy roads. "We all came in four-wheel drives, and Batesville came up in a four-wheel drive," Cushman Superintendent Gary Anderson said this morning.

Christmas Brings Hope, food to needy families

December 16, 2008 As it has for over 20 years, a large group of volunteers from across Independence County came together to provide boxes of food to the less fortunate Saturday morning. Ted Hall, with the Christmas Brings Hope program, said volunteers delivered 1,150 food boxes to families in Independence County in this year's food drive.

Rain, sleet turn roads dangerous

December 16, 2008 Motorists inched along this morning on slippery bridges, overpasses and roads, after freezing rain left a coating of ice on many state roads and highways. In central Arkansas, traffic crept along Interstate 430 this morning, while many truck drivers pulled aside near the Interstate 40 interchange to avoid the icy roads.

News of other days

December 15, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 27, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO Ira Nelson Barnett, 69, veteran merchant and banker of Batesville and well known throughout all of north Arkansas, died this morning at 6 a.m. following an illness of two weeks. His entire family was with him when he passed away. His condition was regarded as critical for the past several days.

Blanchard caverns offer photo tours

December 15, 2008 MOUNTAIN VIEW - Blanchard Springs Caverns will offer three special photo tours next year starting in February. The price for the tour will be a special rate of $20 per adult. No other discounts apply.