Superseding indictment handed down Wednesday

February 4, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — In April of last year, a Sharp County couple were indicted by a federal grand jury in Little Rock in connection with their tax preparation business.Wednesday, a new indictment was handed down superseding the first one.According to the latest documents, James B. Morris, 65, and his wife, Karen Sue Morris, 47, face various charges doing business as B. Morris Ltd. in Ash Flat.James Morris told the Guard he, along with his legal counsel, Larry Kissee of Ash Flat and Bill Bristow of Jonesboro, were unaware of the new superseding indictment.

Store manager nabbed for dealing narcotics

February 4, 2011 ASH FLAT — A Dollar General store manager in Ash Flat was arrested Thursday for selling drugs both inside and outside the store, said sheriff’s Detective Ken Guidry.Mark Duane Tapp, 51, was arrested following a year-long investigation by the Arkansas State Police, 3rd Judicial Drug Task Force and sheriff’s officers.Tapp is being charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (Ecstasy), Guidry said.“On three different occasions, Mr. Tapp sold a controlled substance to undercover agents both inside the store and on the store’s property,” he said.

3 arrested in Southside School break-in

February 4, 2011 Breaking into the Southside School may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but damages done to the school may be minute compared to the legal problems three Batesville men are facing.Camden P. Bolin, 18, and Cody L. Sample and Joseph T. Martin, both 19, all face commercial burglary charges along with criminal mischief in the first degree. Both are felonies.

Blanchard offers music programs

February 4, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — For the past nine Decembers, Blanchard Springs Caverns has been the site for the wonderful sounds of “Caroling in the Caverns.” This annual program is sponsored jointly by the Forest Service and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. Two different musical programs have been added to the lineup, but both feature local talent.

More break-ins, thefts reported

February 4, 2011 The break-ins continue in Independence County, according to reports from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:• Minnie Smith told police on Monday that she had left her vehicle in the Lyon College parking lot overnight and forgot to lock her doors. When she returned to her vehicle she noticed that the dash was tore off and the CD player was gone. The estimated value was $200.

Masters of Motown to perform

February 4, 2011 The Masters of Motown will take the stage at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville at 7 p.m. March 7 in Independence Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.“Take the ultimate stroll down memory lane as you re-live (or discover for the first time) the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by many of the greatest recording acts of all time,” a news release states. “The Masters of Motown show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed tributes to both male and female groups backed by a live band.”

Boy burned; DHS investigates

February 4, 2011 The Department of Human Services is investigating a case of possible child abuse this morning in which a 1-year-old boy received burns to his back.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Croom was dispatched to White River Medical Center in Batesville Wednesday afternoon where he spoke with Malorie Toland and Brody Hubbard. Hubbard and Toland both said that upon their arrival at 1735 Davis Lane, Batesville, the boy’s mother, Vestus Lee Moser, 36, of Batesville met them in the front of the house holding the child.

Compassionate Friends to meet

February 3, 2011 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

Layali El Andalus to perform at Harding

February 3, 2011 SEARCY — Layali El Andalus will present music in the spirit of the Muslim and Judeo ancient traditions of Andalusia at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Administration Auditorium at Harding University. Tickets will be $3 at the door.Layali El Andalus is a Judeo-Muslim ensemble led by Moroccan singer/oud player Rachid Halihal. The group brings to life a diverse repertoire of music including songs from Andalusia, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Israel and the Middle East.

The Weekend Events

February 3, 2011 Friday• Marriage Checkup, 6-8 p.m., Cinnamon Stick, downtown Batesville. Couples will fill out a questionnaire, then talk with a licensed marriage and family therapist and receive a packet of resources. Free coffee served. Call (870) 793-5489. • Free screening of “Inception” in high definition, 7 p.m., Jubilee Family Church, 45 Thunderbird Lane, Batesville. Free popcorn. Call (870) 793-9124.• Mammoth Spring Strings country, folk and bluegrass music, 7-9 p.m., Words and AfterWords, Hardy. Reservations suggested; call (870) 856-5579.Saturday