July 14, 2010 Independence County Quorum Court member Larry Nelson was incorrectly listed as a justice of the peace from Newark in Tuesday’s Guard. Nelson represents the Bethesda-Ruddell Hill area.

Recreation meeting slated

July 14, 2010 The Independence County Recreation Committee will meet at 6 p.m. July 20 in the circuit courtroom at 912 E. Main St.The committee will be reviewing grant guidelines.The meeting is open to the public.

Trapped swimmers rescued

July 14, 2010 MULBERRY (AP) — Emergency crews rescued 13 swimmers who were trapped on an island by waters from the swollen Mulberry River in northwestern Arkansas.Mulberry firefighters say the water rose about two feet Tuesday afternoon in a section known as Bluff Hole, about a mile east of Mulberry along U.S. 64.Officials say rescue crews arrived around 3:30 p.m., but had to wait for the water to slow down before attempting a rescue.Everyone had been removed safely by 6:30 p.m. There were no reports of injuries.

Batesville man run over, killed

July 14, 2010 A Batesville man died in a truck-pedestrian accident on Highway 67/45 near Searcy around 1:25 this morning, Arkansas State Police Trooper Bo Harsson said.Ledell Strickland Jr., 26, of 626 Stacey Drive in Spring Valley, was walking along the highway near the 45 mile marker when he was hit by a pickup truck.Harsson said Bald Knob resident Terry Harrell, 37, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet pickup south on Highway 67 and was entering an exit ramp when he hit Strickland on the roadway.

Bad brake light shows cop way to drug bust

July 14, 2010 With blood reportedly running down her arm from a fresh injection of methamphetamine, an Oak Hill Loop woman was arrested during a traffic stop in west Batesville around 6 Tuesday evening.“I was traveling north on State Street when I notice a 1994 Ford Ranger that had the driver’s side brake light out,” Deputy Ernie Gillihan said.“I made a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Baker and Elsie streets.Gillihan said he told the driver, identified as Michelle Magreevy, 43, why he stopped her and asked for her driver’s license.

‘Whetstone’ to be depicted

July 14, 2010 The Independence County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Old Independence Regional Museum. The summer program will feature a living history presentation by Ian Beard depicting Pete Whetstone, a fictional Arkansas backwoodsman created by Batesville writer, lawyer, and politician C.F.M Noland (1810-58). This program is free and open to the public.

Court approves boring for line

July 14, 2010 A new industry for Independence County is one step closer after the Independence County Quorum Court Monday night approved funding of a “road bore” under Highway 167 near Midwest Lime north of Batesville.Ed Mabry, director of the Independence County Economic Development Commission, asked for the court’s funding that will allow a six- to eight-inch water line to a piece of property that currently has no water but is designated as the new site for Hexion Special Chemicals, Inc.

Shackled: Echols talks about his life, experiences on death row

July 14, 2010 EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a 4-part series stemming from a recent prison interview with convicted killer Damien Echols. Some of the information is more graphic than previously published.VARNER — If he ever leaves death row, the first thing Damien Echols wants to do is eat an apple and feel the sunshine on his face.It’s been seven years since the convicted murderer has experienced the sun.

Parade seeking entries

July 14, 2010 The theme for the 67th White River Water Carnival Parade is “Return of the Water Monster,” the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced.The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 7. Registration forms are available at the chamber office for float and parade participants, and the deadline to enter the parade is Aug. 2.The line-up will again be at the Town Plaza Shopping Center (on Main Street across from Liberty Bank) at 9. The “Wet Zone” will be in the 100 block of East Main Street (in front of the courthouse). Water balloons are NOT permitted.

Weight loss studio offers Ideal Protein program

July 13, 2010 Need a New U?Mandy Hadley, owner/operator of New U, said the new Ideal Protein program offers something for everyone with a weight concern, whether it be just controlling your current status, needing to drop a few pounds for a special event, or for a radical change to develop a healthy lifestyle.