LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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.

Love

February 17, 2009 Sometimes my husband has selective hearing.

News of Other Days

February 17, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 29, 1996.73 YEARS AGOWord has been received in Batesville of the death of A.B. Matheny, a former Batesville resident and hotel operator, at his home in Pleasanton, Texas, Wednesday morning. Mr. Matheny, who is a brother of I.J. Matheny of Batesville and G.H. Matheny of Maxville, was proprietor of the Matheny Hotel of Batesville, located where the Barnett Hotel now stands.

News of Other Days

February 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 28, 1996.73 YEARS AGODr. Thomas J. Woods, 85, of Evening Shade, a former Batesville resident, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday. Dr. Woods was born in Kentucky in 1850 and moved to Izard County as a small boy. He was educated at LaCrosse in Izard County and received his medical education in Louisville, Ky. He practiced medicine for 60 years, part of the time at LaCrosse and Batesville and the last 30 years in Evening Shade.

I LOVE YOU

February 16, 2009 This Valentine’s Day I received my first professionally delivered flowers at my very first job from Luke.Twenty-four multicolored roses, delicately packaged from ProFlowers.com, were delivered to the office Friday.Pink, orange, yellow and white.Even without the red they couldn’t be more beautiful. Nothing against red, I love them too, but Luke being the traditional romantic has always opted for the red buds for the last four years, so imagine my shock to see that he deviated from the flower norm and got me my very favorite.