Dog with microchip reported stolen

February 28, 2011 An English bulldog stolen from a home on McHue Road carries a microchip that can assist in its location, according to the dog’s owner, Tracey England.England said the dog, which belongs to her young son who has disabilities and doesn’t understand what has happened to his friend, was taken from the residence sometime Sunday afternoon.

Bond set for suspects accused of holding men at gunpoint

February 28, 2011 Bond has been set at $100,000 each for two Batesville men accused of entering a home and holding two others at gunpoint.District Judge Chaney Taylor issued the bond amount after Shane Donovan Wade, 23, and Tony Neal Branscum, 25, both of Batesville, were each charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, a class Y felony.According to the affidavit for arrest, signed by Prosecutor Don McSpadden, the charges stem from a Feb. 15 incident at 60 Community Drive.

Students named to lists

February 28, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart announces the names of the undergraduates who earned a place on the chancellor’s list for the fall 2010 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average in at least 12 hours of classes to be named to the chancellor’s list.

Panel hears highway woes; Independence County judge participates in field hearing

February 28, 2011 JONESBORO — Elected officials and area business leaders had the opportunity to stress Arkansas’ highway needs and problems to members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the committee, told those in attendance that newly elected U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., had to point out on a map where Jonesboro is located when he suggested that the committee stop here on its cross-country listening tour.

Search for missing man fruitless

February 28, 2011 Some 30 volunteers, from as far away as Smithville and Walnut Ridge, assisted family members Saturday in a search for Ronnie Russell who has been missing since November of last year after he reportedly had an argument with his estranged wife.Their efforts however went unrewarded, and the search was called off around 2 p.m.The search began at 9 a.m. in a densely wooded area behind his uncle’s residence at 425 Calvin Circle in the Meadow Heights subdivision off Highway 69 near Batesville.

Teen wins contest

February 28, 2011 With his essay “Does Patriotism Still Matter?” Batesville Junior High eighth-grader Samuel Scaggs was awarded first place not once but three times in the Veterans of Foreign Wars recent Patriot’s Pen competition.Scaggs received a $1,000 savings bond and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. after winning the local competition sponsored by VFW post No. 4501 as well as the District 5 and state competitions.

Service News: Airman William M. Schaumann

February 28, 2011 SAN ANTONIO — Air Force Airman William M. Schaumann graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.He is the son of Charles Schaumann of Locust Grove and a 2010 graduate of Mountain View High School.

Humane society gets funding for dog vaccinations

February 28, 2011 TUSCON, Ariz. — Humane Society of Independence County in Batesville, now has help in protecting dogs against canine influenza virus (CIV), a highly contagious disease that spreads easily from dog to dog, especially those in close proximity according to a news release.

4.7 magnitude earthquake rattles area

February 28, 2011 People in five states felt or heard a magnitude 4.7 earthquake originating near Greenbrier about 11 p.m. Sunday night, including Batesville Daily Guard readers and former residents of the area.The quake had produced three aftershocks as of 9:20 this morning.“We didn’t feel it, but we sure heard it,” said George Brickell, who lives in Batesville. “It was kind of a rumbling and a roar. Then one wall started squeaking.“We were in bed is why I think we didn’t feel it. If we had been standing up I’m sure we would have felt it.

Fundraiser set for Saturday

February 25, 2011 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church, located at 99 Pearl Drive in Mount Pleasant, will host a fundraiser for Renewal Ranch in Conway at 6 p.m. Saturday.James Loy will give a update on the ranch and his testimony. Music will be by Chris Tedeschi, Quillen Edwards and special guests from Conway, The Dooleys.Refreshments will be served afterward.