Optimists to honor teens

November 17, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin. The club will be honoring Laken McCoy and Aaron Freemire, seniors at Cedar Ridge High School as November Teens of the Month. There will also be a report on the Parallel District Conference recently held in Dallas.“All members are encouraged to attend and anyone wishing to learn more about what the Optimist Club does to Bring out the Best in Kids in our local area are invited to attend as well,” Chris Black said.

BHS presents drama

November 17, 2010 The Batesville High School drama department will present the who-done-it mystery play by Peter Gordon titled “Murdered to Death.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at the old Batesville Middle School gymnasium on Water Street. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students.

Portraits for Pets offered

November 17, 2010 The Humane Society of Independence County is having its annual Portraits for Pets on Dec. 4, beginning at 10 a.m., at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville.Matthews Photography is offering many different photo package choices, as well as Christmas cards, and no sitting fee. All proceeds go to support the humane society. One doesn’t even have to have a pet to take advantage of this portrait offer, according to a news release. To book a session, call either (870) 698-1265 or (870) 613-3045.

Midland appoints Grider

November 17, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — James Grider has been appointed to the Midland School Board, filling a vacancy left by vice president Clint McCance who resigned last month following comments he made about homosexuals on a social-networking website.The board appointed Grider to the seven-member board on Monday to serve on the remaining 10-month seat until next year’s school board elections in September.Grider, who had previously served on the board until 2009, seemed like the best fit for what the board wanted, Superintendent Dean Stanley told the Guard.

Townsends raising money for gifts for foster children

November 17, 2010 Townsends of Arkansas Inc. will host a fundraiser in order to provide Christmas gifts for foster children in and around Independence County.There is a shortage of foster homes in this area, and those who host foster children in their homes often struggle financially to provide for them, according to a news release. A benefit will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at S&S Liquidations in Batesville.

BPA Awards cont…

November 17, 2010 The Batesville Preservation Association has announced its 2010 awards for preservation and restoration. BPA Honor Awards went to two additional downtown commercial buildings. One went to Rick Reed for his historically accurate restoration of the Baker Tin Shop building, completed this year when Reed installed a new entry door. Another went to Gilbert and Melody Lopez for their restorations of the building housing their businesses, Impulse and Body Fit, located next door to Margaret Matthews’ Case Building.

Harlem Ambassadors play locally Thursday

November 17, 2010 CAVE CITY — The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will play the Batesville Cold Storage All-Stars at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cave City High School gymnasium, said Ken Anderson, president of the board of Spring River Adult/Child Services.Proceeds from the game will be matched by Modern Woodmen of America up to $500; all proceeds will go to Spring River Adult/Child Services to help raise funds for domestic violence awareness and prevention.

Museum hosts ‘Electrified’

November 17, 2010 The electric guitar was invented to be heard among the brass instruments of the big band era, but it soon took on a sound and life of its own.During a free screening of “Electrified: The Guitar Revolution” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Old Independence Regional Museum, audience members will see how this assemblage of wood, wire and metal ignited a new era of music, transformed background musicians into guitar heroes and became a symbol of freedom and rebellion.

Committee slashes requests

November 17, 2010 It was number-crunching time with the Independence County Parks and Recreation Committee Monday night.With grant requests for 2011 totaling $441,389.33 and a projected sales tax revenue of only $243,582, the committee got down to a line-by-line review of requests from some 54 nonprofit groups.There were two large grant requests made in the early minutes of the 2 1/2 hour meeting: $39,570 for the Independence County Shooting Sports Complex and $149,132.80 by the parks and recreation division of the city of Batesville.

U.S. cattle numbers keep on shrinking

November 17, 2010 The U.S. beef cow herd has decreased 12 of the last 14 years, dropping from a cyclical peak of 35.3 million head in 1996 to the January, 2010 level of 31.3 million head. This represents the smallest beef cow herd since 1963.Combined with smaller dairy cow numbers, the 2010 calf crop is expected to be 35.4 million head, the smallest U.S. calf crop since 1950. Total U.S. cattle inventory has decreased by almost 10 million head since 1996 to the January, 2010 level of 93.7 million head, the smallest cattle inventory since 1959.