Bank’s bonds raise concern

December 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The president of a Batesville bank said Monday he fears that some of the bonds purchased by his financial institution since it opened in 2005 may be worthless.The Arkansas Business newspaper reported Monday that as much as $22 million in bonds bought by the First Southern Bank of Batesville may be fraudulent and that federal regulators are investigating. Bank President and CEO Woody Castleberry told The Associated Press he hadn’t heard from the bond salesman in at least a month.

Judge: County failed. Clarksville allowed to terminate agreement

December 7, 2010 Each time Independence County goes to court over legal problems with the hydroelectric project, the outcome is always the same.It loses.Monday was no different.In addition to needing a new manager to oversee the hydroelectric project, the county now needs a new buyer after a Johnson County judge has ruled that the city of Clarksville can terminate its agreement to buy electrical power from Independence County.Clarksville officials say they will cancel the contract at the end of the month.

Christmas memories sought

December 6, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section Dec. 23.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St., mail it to the Guard, Attn: Kay Tharp, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503, or email it to kaytharp@guardonline.com.The deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 8.

Ministry plans event for singles

December 6, 2010 The Family Connections Ministry of Batesville First Assembly of God Church is hosting an afternoon of friendship and fun for the non-married adults of the community at 4 p.m. Saturday. It will be held in the Family Connections Room at Batesville First Assembly. Those attending are asked to register by calling (870) 793-5489. This is free and open to the public.

Students to perform recitals

December 6, 2010 Weston Music Studio will present a Christmas Recital Festival at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday in Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Approximately 30 young performers are scheduled for each recital, with performances including vocal selections, piano pieces, instrumental ensembles and newly composed student works.

Author to hold signing

December 6, 2010 Author Shannon Taylor Vannatter will hold a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Deni’s Inspirations, 3050 Harrison St., Suite P in Batesville. Vannatter’s three-book inspirational romance series is set in Romance and Rose Bud, Ark. “White Roses” premiered in November while “White Doves” and “White Pearls” will be released in April and July, respectively. Each book sells for $4.95.

Choirs to have Christmas concert

December 6, 2010 The Lyon College Concert Chorale will present a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Brown Chapel on the Lyon College campus. Conducted by Dr. Joel Plaag and joined by the Batesville Choral Society, the group will present a program of Christmas music, including Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and congregational carols. The Lyon College Concert Band also will join the choirs for the concert.

Church ministry hosting event

December 6, 2010 The Family Connections Ministry of Batesville First Assembly of God Church is hosting a night of Christmas fun for adults from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Family Connections Room at Batesville First Assembly.Child care will be provided. This is free and open to the public. For more information, call (870) 793-5489.

Singing set for Sunday

December 6, 2010 BROCKWELL — The Izard County Singing Convention will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brockwell Music School.“Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and participate,” said Anna Floyd. “Young people, you have a special invitation to come sing with us.For information call Floyd at (870) 368-5012 or Mike Haney at 368-4146.

Concord board to discuss bonds

December 6, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 tonight in the administration building to explore options in regard to possibly seeking a second lien on some existing bonds, said Superintendent Michael Davidson.No other item is on the agenda for the special session.