Little Sister gets first party; Big Sister honored as Good Neigh-bear

September 16, 2011 By Tony McGuffeyGuard Staff WriterTen-year-old Debra never had a birthday party until she met her “big sister” Autumn Hunter.The two met in 2009 through the Big Brothers Big Sisters-North Central Arkansas campaign and it wasn’t long before the two were fast friends, according to Hunter. It was an instant bond. They began hanging out, going to church and doing aerobics together. Hunter became the strong female influence that Debra — who lost her mother when she was 5 years old and lives with a brother and her grandfather — needed.

Welding equipment stolen

September 16, 2011 Last seen around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ryan Weaver’s welding trailer and several pieces of equipment were reported to police as missing around 7 a.m. Wednesday by Mary Weaver.“Mrs. Weaver stated she had come over to watch her daughter’s children and when she turned into the driveway she noticed the trailer that contained a welder, a roll of net wrap and a fuel tank were missing,” Deputy Fred Friar said.

Art series to begin Oct. 4

September 16, 2011 Area residents will have the chance to see a variety of entertaining performances without traveling to a bigger city, thanks to University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and First Community Bank.The performing arts partnership was forged to “offer national talent to the region so our residents don’t have to travel to larger cities,” according to Tina Paul, director of development at UACCB. Paul says the college enjoys having visitors on campus for various events such as these.

FutureFuel rings opening bell

September 16, 2011 The ringing of a bell marks the opening of each day at the New York Stock Exchange and a group of Batesville residents recently got the honor of ringing that bell.FutureFuel Corp. President and CEO Lee Mikles and members of the company’s management team recently visited the NYSE to ring the opening bell, an honor sometimes bestowed upon corporate executives, celebrities and other special guests.

Impulse, BodyFit now open

September 16, 2011 CAVE CITY — Melody Lopez never had intentions of opening a second location to Main Street Batesville’s Impulse Apparel, Accents and Accessories, and BodyFit.That was until a friend, Carrie Smith, told Lopez about the huge following Zumba dance fitness had before the building at 307 N. Main in Cave City closed and talked her into re-opening it.Impulse clothing at 309 N. Main just seemed like the perfect next-door neighbor.

Benefit concert to be Saturday

September 16, 2011 World Mission Outreach, led by Quebec Miya, will hold its second annual “From Batesville with Love” benefit concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Fellowship Bible Church (the old Landers Theater) at 276 East Main St. in Batesville.The concert will feature a number of musical acts, including GodFrame, Anointed Ones, World Sound, Impact and the Live Love Change project of Dallas.Batesville’s GodFrame, also known as Terrence Ford, has become a well-known contemporary Christian artist, incorporating rap, pop and rhythm and blues into his inspirational music.

Music in the Mountains to host golf tournament

September 16, 2011 HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Theatre Music in the Mountains Show will host a golf tournament Saturday at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain.This event will be a three-man Las Vegas scramble, with prizes being awarded at the evening show. There will also be events for noncompetitive golfers. Concessions consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be available at the tournament.

Church sets homecoming

September 16, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Methodist Church will have its annual homecoming service at 11 a.m. Sunday.The speaker will be Dr. Walter Swetnam, an author, missionary and pastor of First Presbyterian Church at Higden.Special music will be provided by Allan and Jerry, a gospel music duo from North Little Rock.A potluck will follow.

City offers walking program

September 16, 2011 The Batesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering a free walking program for seniors called, “Walk Yourself to Better Health”.To get involved in this program, or for more information, contact Jeff Owens at the Batesville Parks and Recreation Department at (870) 698-2427 or

Hillcrest tailgate party planned

September 16, 2011 The Hillcrest School District will hold a communitywide tailgate party to celebrate the first game of the season at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Lynn multipurpose building.The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles will play the Maynard Tigers. Games will begin at 5:30 with the junior boys, senior girls and senior boys taking the court.The tailgate party is free and all Hillcrest and Maynard fans are encouraged to participate in the event hosted by the Hillcrest PTSC, an organization formed for parents, teachers, students and the surrounding communities.