Photos show rough conditions at parks

January 22, 2009 Batesville's parks are in need of a major overhaul almost as much as the wastewater plant. The city parks and recreation commission met Wednesday night and saw pictures of the city's facilities at Fitzhugh Park and the Batesville Recreation Complex, more commonly known as the north complex.

Council adds officer

January 22, 2009 Drivers in Batesville better heed traffic laws, as the city plans to hire an officer to work nothing but traffic. The Batesville City Council met Tuesday night for a final budget working session before the Jan. 27 regular council meeting. The 2009 budget has to be approved by ordinance before the end of the month.

Fire destroys building, equipment

January 22, 2009 HORSESHOE BEND - A soot-covered, partially melted fire engine was sitting in front of a water-soaked fire department this morning and officials are still unsure of what started the fire. "The fire got so hot that the steel beams were weakened," Horseshoe Bend Fire Chief Mike Hilliker told the Guard this morning.

Literacy council seeks students, tutors to help

January 21, 2009 Chuck Jones, co-founder of the Literacy Council of Independence County, says that 25 percent of the residents in Arkansas over the age of 25 do not have a high school diploma. Of that, more than 162,000 Arkansans have less than an eighth-grade education, he told the Batesville Rotary Club members at a recent meeting.

News of Other Days

January 21, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 2, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO The naming of eight new directors and the re-election of officers for 1936 were the principal highlights of the Batesville Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday night, according to the president, Frank Albright. The directors elected to serve two-year terms are Frank Albright Jr., A.L. Crouch Jr., C.P. Forsythe, C.G. Jones, Dr. A.D. Matthews, C.W. Maxfield, John P. Morrow and Cleo Wann.

Taser convinces man to cooperate

January 21, 2009 A Magazine man found himself in handcuffs and headed to jail following a fight at a local apartment complex Friday night. Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he was dispatched to an apartment complex on College Ave. around 10:45 p.m. where two men were reportedly fighting.

Energy ideas discussed at forum

January 21, 2009 One can hardly pick up a newspaper or magazine or turn on the TV without hearing about "going green." Energy - specifically, clean energy - is a hot topic these days, and there are endless debates about whether it is economical and worthwhile.

Farm accident claims life

January 21, 2009 A farming accident claimed the life of an Oil Trough man Tuesday morning when his clothing apparently became entangled in the moving parts of a piece of machinery. The body of 44-year-old Russell Davis was found near a running tractor and spreader machine by an employee who came to check on him around noon.

Downed computers now running

January 21, 2009 Batesville School District computers had been down due to a computer virus, but they are now running smoothly. Debbie Miller, director of curriculum and instruction, said at the school board meeting Monday that representatives from the state Department of Education came to the school and "stayed with us the whole week and that's just about unheard of. We didn't realize we had the infection."

News of Other Days

January 20, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 1, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO If the veterans bonus bill now pending in Congress is passed, Independence County veterans will collect $298,258.20, according to an estimate made in Washington.