Hiring prompts dispute over FOIA

March 8, 2011 The Independence County Library Board on Thursday had its selection of candidates for head librarian narrowed down to two, but as of press time this morning who they are remains a mystery.A Batesville Daily Guard reporter arrived at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 E. College St., at 3 p.m. to find the door to the meeting room closed and a note taped to it that read “in executive session.”

Retirees to meet

March 7, 2011 POCAHONTAS — United Auto Workers retirees will meet at Beverly’s Restaurant, the former Apple Barrel Restaurant, at 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

Prayer shawl group to meet

March 7, 2011 BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams.For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.

GAP available to families

March 7, 2011 Batesville School District GAP (Grandparents As Parents) will meet at noon Thursday in the resource room of the Early Learning & Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St. This meeting is open to any relative who is helping raise a child. Lunch will be served and door prizes given.

Motorcyclists tour launched

March 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The commemoration of the Sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War begins this year with special events taking place throughout Arkansas. Events continue through 2015. In honor of this historic occasion, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is producing a brochure and patch just for motorcyclists. The project is funded in part with a $2,000 grant from the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Club to meet in new location

March 7, 2011 The White River Photographers Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cinnamon Stick Sandwiche Shoppe, 151 W. Main St., Batesville.The new location was chosen not only to accommodate more participants but to offer snacks and refreshments as well, according to a news release from the club. The tentative agenda for Thursday night is to simplify and better organize the club structure, discuss upcoming local events of interest to photographers and potential photography field trips.

Ark. Anthology seeks writing, art, photos from students, teachers

March 7, 2011 JONESBORO — Young writers can become published authors when they submit their works to this year’s Arkansas Anthology.The Arkansas Anthology is a collection of stories, poems, essays, photography and art created by students and their teachers. The writings are judged, selected, and published annually in print and online by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA), a non-profit professional organization.

Southside grad authors book

March 7, 2011 A former Batesville resident has written a book that delves into the global economy and priorities that contribute to a healthy society, according to a news release.The book “Commune-ist Manifesto: A Declaration of Community” by James Daniel “Dane” Forlines, formerly of Batesville, is now available from www.outskirtspress.com/community and most major online booksellers.Forlines, of Nashville, Tenn., is a 1998 graduate of Southside High School.

Gay legislators having impact in marriage debates

March 7, 2011 NEW YORK (AP) — Of America’s 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned role when the agenda turns to recognizing same-sex couples with civil unions or full marriage rights.

Ex-UCA president pleads guilty to federal felonies

March 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former Arkansas Higher Education Department director Lu Hardin grimaced as he entered a federal courtroom in Little Rock today to plead guilty to federal charges. Hardin could be sentenced to 20 years in prison for his guilty pleas to money laundering and wire fraud for $200,000 in payments he received when he was president of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.