Hydro committee to meet

March 23, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court Hydro Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in the circuit courtroom of the Independence County Courthouse at 192 E. Main St., downtown Batesville.The agenda will include discussion of a settlement proposal between the county and Mobley Contractors.The meeting is open to the public.

Movie to be screened

March 23, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“The Climb” by Billy Graham Presents will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting.

Forms now available at GuardOnline.com

March 23, 2010 Online forms are now available at the Batesville Daily Guard’s Web site, www.guardonline.com.The link to forms for anniversaries, engagements, weddings, birth announcements, new businesses and snippets for adults and children can be found on the left-hand side of each page at Guardonline.com.While forms can be submitted online, pictures must be e-mailed to photos@guardonline.com.

Man arrested in stabbing

March 23, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A report from Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials that they had a stabbing victim in the emergency room led to the arrest of Keanon Mooney of Walnut Ridge on charges of second-degree battery and disorderly conduct, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Division.

Reward offered in shooting of Newark fire truck

March 23, 2010 A reward of $500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for shooting into the Newark Fire Station #2 and damaging a fire truck.Newark Fire Chief James Langston told police that sometime between 7:40 and 10 p.m. Friday, someone shot the garage door of the station with the bullet passing through and hitting a 2009 fire truck.

Sharp County student wins contest

March 23, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Six pieces of artwork conveying messages about keeping Arkansas beautiful and free of litter have been chosen as winners in the inaugural Great American Cleanup in Arkansas’ Youth poster contest.Kyle Manning, a fifth-grader at Highland Elementary in Ash Flat and representing the Rough Riders 4-H club, won first place in the third- through fifth-grade competition. Winning second place in the kindergarten- through second-grade category, was  Katelyn Baughman, a first-grader representing the White County 4-H Club.

Chadwick receives spirit award

March 23, 2010 Flowers Baking Co. of Batesville has selected employee Greg Chadwick recipient of its 2009 Flowers Spirit Award.The Flowers Spirit Award recognizes employees who are a positive force at work and in their community, according to a news release. The award was inspired by the kindness and generosity of Langdon S. Flowers, past president and chairman of the board of Flowers Foods. Throughout his life, Langdon Flowers encouraged many people within the company and throughout the country and was an active supporter of many charitable and community organizations.

Twins double 80 years of memories

March 23, 2010 Geraldine Turner and Allene Caldwell have been described as “two competing chipmunks trying to out-talk each other.” But growing up in Pfeiffer during the Depression with a houseful of siblings, saving countless mementoes over the years, and now about to celebrate their 80th birthdays, the two sisters have a lot to say. ——— Known as the Britten twins, both ladies are under five feet tall, and because of their height many people thought they were younger than they actually were. “’Til age 14 we got into the movies for a dime,” Geraldine said.

School hires principal

March 23, 2010 NEWARK — Students and faculty at Cord-Charlotte Elementary will have a new principal when the 2010-11 school year begins in August.On Tuesday, the Cedar Ridge School Board voted to hire Gregg Cooper as the elementary’s new principal and federal programs coordinator. The board voted 5-1 with member Richard Ward abstaining. Cooper, who will begin July 1, is currently principal at Hillcrest High School in Strawberry. He replaces Principal Mark Gipson, who submitted his resignation in February.

Burned house hit by thieves

March 22, 2010 A house that burned last month has apparently become the target of thieves, according to a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Leslie Latting told police her neighbor said a blue and gray Chevrolet pickup, with two women inside, pulled onto her property and took several items, including a pair of bed s prings, stove and sheet metal. The items were valued at $300. Latting said she would have to check to see if other items were missing.