Plan, change, grow

March 4, 2009 Inspiration can come from the most unlikely places.Saturday, mine came at the intersection of St. Louis and Harrison.My daughter and I had just run into Batesville for some items, for what appears to be a never-ending remodeling job, and as usual I was on automatic pilot as I came into town. As I approached the red light and prepared to stop the lights were illuminated on the new Walgreens building and just seeing that gave me a feeling of hope.

What’s on TV?

March 3, 2009 Whoever said dogs don’t watch TV should come to my house.This weekend, my niece and nephew came to Batesville with their dachshund, Felix, who is just about a year old and full of pee and vinegar. To burn some of that youthful energy, we arrange play dates with him and our cat, Lillard, who is not quite a year old and also full of pee and vinegar.

Change in an instant

March 3, 2009 Life can change in an instant. My life altering instant arrived in the mid-morning hours of a Tuesday, Tax Day, 2003. It was a beautiful spring day in northern Illinois, sunny, warm. One moment, I was part of a traditional All-American family of four, two parents, two small kids. A moment later, I became that rarity in our society, a widowed father of school age children. I always dreaded April 15 since I usually procrastinated on filing our taxes until the last minute. Now I hate that day more than any other.


February 20, 2009 Dear editor:Support the tax March 10, 2009.The City of Batesville needs to improve/repair the city sewer system. We have factories inside our city for people (7,000 to 10,000) who work in our town and use free rest rooms. The City employs approximately 120, and over 70 live outside of the city limits.

News of Other Days

February 20, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 5, 1996.73 YEARS AGOAlvin Eldon Hightower, 35, of Batesville, who suffered a skull fracture while working at a stave mill here Thursday morning, died at 10:55 Sunday morning at Trinity Hospital in Little Rock.

At the Grammys

February 19, 2009 Dennis Crouch enjoyed the recent Grammy award show more than he thought possible.Crouch not only played upright bass for the night’s biggest winners — Robert Plant and Alison Krauss — on the 51st edition of the show, aired live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, but his peeps (people) also won five Grammys. That included a Grammy in the night’s biggest category, album of the year, for “Raising Sand.”


February 19, 2009 Dear editor:The officials in Batesville have it all figured out when it comes to paying for infrastructure improvements. About 80 percent of the sales tax paid to businesses in Batesville is paid by folks living outside the town. Consequently, when something new is needed or wanted, just get the town folks to pass another sales tax.

News of Other Days

February 19, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 4, 1996.73 YEARS AGOThe condition of A.E. Hightower, 32-year-old mill worker of the Ruddell Hill community near Batesville who was seriously injured at a local lumber company Wednesday night, is critical, according to attending physicians at Trinity Hospital in Little Rock.

News of Other Days

February 18, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 1, 1996.73 YEARS AGOWorkmen for the contractor constructing the sewer expansion with newfangled equipment have unearthed a glorious past while working on a section on lower Main Street.