Early voting begins Tuesday

July 30, 2010 Early voting for the city of Batesville Recreational/Community Center Sales and Use Tax and Bond Issuance special election starts Tuesday and will be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ends Aug. 9 at 4:30 p.m. There will be no Saturday or Sunday early voting hours.Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the following sites:• Batesville Ruddell Ward 1 and Moorefield Ward 1 — Independence County Extension Cooperative Service building• Batesville Ruddell Ward 2 — First Methodist Church Multipurpose Room

Burglars hit local business

July 30, 2010 As he was on his way to an out of town job, a Batesville business man said he drove by his company office on Boswell Street and saw several office items sitting on the curb.James Bruce Southard, employed by Sheehan Pipeline Company of Searcy, said he saw the items Monday morning as he was headed to Searcy to a job site.Southard told police that when he went to the office on Tuesday morning he discovered a gate chain had been cut to gain access to the property and noticed several office items damaged or missing.

Free hot dogs served Tuesday

July 30, 2010 CenterPoint Energy and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a community-wide National Night Out at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Batesville city hall. In addition to learning about how to combat crime and drugs, attendees can enjoy free hot dogs and drinks. The 27th annual crime/drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).National Night Out is designed to:• heighten crime and drug prevention awareness• generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs

Lifeguard rushes to aid toddler

July 30, 2010 When 2-year-old Zachary Lindsey fell from the top of the slide onto the concrete at the Fitzhugh Park pool Wednesday afternoon, Colton Gregory came to the rescue.This morning, Zachary is home, playing like he always has and “running wild” with his twin sisters, mom Anita Lindsey told the Guard this morning.

Dying man’s checks stolen; woman jailed

July 30, 2010 Sasha Ann Regan thought her neighbor would be dead before his stolen checks cleared the bank; now the 21-year-old has been charged with burglary and theft (including checkbooks), according to a court affidavit.Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims said in the affidavit that on May 29 Deputy Michael Calendar took a burglary report at Dennis Robson’s residence at 505 Brushy Road.

Bond set at $500K

July 30, 2010 MELBOURNE — Circuit Judge Tim Weaver set bond for Donald Dickey of Calico Rock at $500,000 following Dickey’s arrest earlier this week on an arson charge, according to public records in the Izard County/Circuit Clerk’s Office.The arrest and filing of the arson charge followed an investigation into a fire that destroyed the 6653 Gorby Road, Calico Rock, home of Mary Dickey, 67, on Sunday. Mrs. Dickey’s remains were found Tuesday in the burned out home, which she and Donald Dickey shared before she either divorced or separated from him recently, authorities said.

United Way ‘blitz’ set

July 30, 2010 The United Way of Independence County, aiming to raise money for local social service agencies, will “blitz” local businesses Wednesday as part of its annual campaign. Volunteers will be out and about in the county, visiting small businesses and picking up employee contributions and company donations.The “blitz” enables local businesses to give a tax-deductible donation to the local United Way, promote community goodwill, and “Live United” in our community. This year’s overall campaign goal is to raise $300,000, the same as in 2009.

Kingsdown sets album release party

July 29, 2010 After touring in more than 30 states during the past few years, rock group Kingsdown — formed in Batesville in 2002 — is returning for an album release party.The group is celebrating the release of its self-titled, first full-length album with the party and concert at The Depot at 129 Lawrence St. at 8 p.m. Friday.The group consists of Dwain Roark Jr. on vocals, Johnn Rocket and James Watts on guitars, Aaron Elms on bass and Blain Roark n drums. They claim their “unofficial sixth member” is “an insane amount of energy,” according to information provided to the Guard.

Fairview homecoming set

July 29, 2010 CAVE CITY — The annual Fairview Church and Cemetery Homecoming will start at 11 a.m. Sunday, said church/cemetery committee member Donald Simmons.The church is east of Cave City.Marcia Street will provide music, followed by congregational singing and specials, if any.Dardanelle Townsley will bring the message.A potluck lunch will be served at noon.No activities are scheduled for the afternoon.Everyone interested is welcome.

Salado to host VBS

July 29, 2010 SALADO — Salado Baptist Church will have its vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Aug. 6.This year’s theme will be Saddle Ridge Ranch. There will be Bible stories, missions, craft activities, games and refreshments.Classes for ages preschool through sixth grade will be held.Family night will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The children will present a short program with singing and a review of the week’s activities. All parents and friends are welcome to attend.For a ride to the church, call (870) 251-2255 or (870) 283-5238.