Economic forecaster: Arkansas economy gaining momentum – Economist discusses impacts of recession, unemployment on area

May 16, 2017 Batesville has emerged from the 2011-13 Arkansas “doldrums,” particularly when it comes to employment, according to Dr. Michael R. Pakko, chief economist and state economic forecaster at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock’s Institute for Economic Advancement. Pakko spoke on various aspects affecting the Independence County economy as well as that of the state’s during a meeting of the Batesville Rotary Club on … Continue reading Economic forecaster: Arkansas economy gaining momentum – Economist discusses impacts of recession, unemployment on area

Robotics team places in world finals

May 12, 2017 From shooting balls to climbing rope, Dreadnought does so without complaint. But while it can’t talk back, the robot named after the ships made famous during World War I, is ready for battle — and battle it did with a group of Batesville High School students controlling its every move during the recent FIRST World Championship in Houston. The students dedicate both … Continue reading Robotics team places in world finals

Illiteracy a problem at all levels – Mayor also discusses flood, trails

May 9, 2017 “When you talk about economic development it all starts with education and literacy,” Elumbaugh said. “It’s crucial to any of our industries around here and so I’m excited to have Elizabeth Taylor to come and speak.” Taylor grew up in Mountain View, but has been part of the Batesville community for seven years. She teaches world history at Batesville High School. She … Continue reading Illiteracy a problem at all levels – Mayor also discusses flood, trails

Sharp County becomes Purple Heart County

May 5, 2017 ASH FLAT — Veterans from several of America’s wars and supporters turned out to mark Sharp County’s new status as a Purple Heart County. The chilly and windy weather didn’t stop the approximately two dozen people from turning out on the gray Monday to witness the occasion. “It brings awareness to residents who don’t know there is a lot of Purple Heart … Continue reading Sharp County becomes Purple Heart County

How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?

May 4, 2017 Back in 1977, a movie inspired people to dream of a galaxy far, far away. It also caused a lot of kids to demand their parents buy a seemingly never-ending stream of action figures. That movie is of course “Star Wars,” as everyone called it at the time, or otherwise known as “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” For all five … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?

Batesville helped kill Davidsonville – Park interpreter: Beginnings of Arkansas statehood found in town

May 1, 2017 Davidsonville was Arkansas’ first planned town, but a state official hated the area. His move to Batesville would end up killing Davidsonville. Davidsonville Historic State Park interpreter Geoff Havens wants people to remember the importance of the forgotten town, which today is yielding an insight into how people lived in Arkansas’ earliest days. Havens was the guest speaker at a recent Rotary … Continue reading Batesville helped kill Davidsonville – Park interpreter: Beginnings of Arkansas statehood found in town

#Calexit’s 15 minutes of fame is up

April 26, 2017 Secession … it’s something that angry sections of U.S. electorates often threaten to do when they’re unhappy with elections. Since the Civil War, it’s not a threat that’s been followed through with. Unless you count the Conch Republic and most historians seriously don’t. Over the last decade, there’s been rumblings of it in Texas over the Obama victories in 2008 and 2012, … Continue reading #Calexit’s 15 minutes of fame is up

Spring heat puts pressure on local shelters – Ownerless kittens, puppies face harsh lives, uncertain futures

April 21, 2017 It’s springtime and, if you have four legs (or more), love is in the air. Puppy and kitten season is in full swing and area shelters are feeling it. Although more and more people are neutering their pets every year, there are still many animals out there, both feral and owned, that aren’t neutered. When people allow their unfixed pets outside, then … Continue reading Spring heat puts pressure on local shelters – Ownerless kittens, puppies face harsh lives, uncertain futures

Scouts, Rotary Clubs share common vision

April 20, 2017 Throughout their existence, Rotary Clubs and Scouts have been partners in many endeavors. The two groups share a similar set of principles and goals, both emphasizing character building and good citizenship. Rotary International’s Motto and the Four Way Test is quite similar to the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan. And, of course, many Rotary members are former Scouts. One of those … Continue reading Scouts, Rotary Clubs share common vision

Autism acceptance is what Muppet Julia is about

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard April 20, 2017 As many of you with young children might know by now, Julia has made her debut on Sesame Street. The newest member of the Sesame Street Muppet cast is a young girl of 4 who has bright red hair, big green eyes and autism. What is autism? Most of you probably already know the answer, … Continue reading Autism acceptance is what Muppet Julia is about