Court lets sex offender work as builder at school

September 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a judge wrongly revoked the probation of a violent sex offender because he worked as a carpenter at a Jefferson County daycare center.Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones ordered Joe A. Newman, 52, to prison in August 2008 after Newman’s probation officer testified Newman had installed doors and baseboards at the school. Jones told Newman he had to serve six years.

Dad, son accused of making shoplifting a family affair

September 30, 2010 A father and son who allegedly took security tags off merchandise to get past Walmart’s electronic door security didn’t make it past a human security officer, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Lt. Jimmy Smith with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.Smith said that on Sept. 21 two Hardy men, 48-year-old Brett Johnson and his son, Brian David Johnson, 24, accompanied by another man identified as Michael Ecorett, came to the Batesville Walmart store where the Johnsons stole a laptop computer and a TV.

Jeffery Turner appointed to Concord City Council

September 30, 2010 CONCORD — Jeffery Turner was appointed to fill Position 2 on the Concord City Council during a recent meeting, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The position was vacated by Buck Rone earlier this year when Rone was appointed mayor.Turner will be sworn in during the next meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center. That meeting is scheduled one week earlier than usual because of some sort of conflict with the usual second Monday meeting date, Pettit said.

Hillcrest presents ‘Parent Night’

September 30, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Hillcrest High School will host “Parent Night” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the gym on the Strawberry campus. At 5:30, students and teachers in grades 7-12 will showcase the various activities and clubs. The event is open to the public and is designed to inform the community about opportunities for their students at school.

Smoked meat fundraiser to send Special Olympian to Greece

September 30, 2010 A fundraiser is set for Oct. 23 to send a Batesville resident to Athens, Greece.Chelsea Willis, the daughter of Kenny and Marcia Willis, will be participating in the Special Olympics World Summer Games. She is one of three athletes from Arkansas selected to participate, and the only one from Batesville attending.Marsha’s co-workers at North Arkansas Radiology Associates are selling smoked Boston Butts, cooked by Mark House. The cost is $25 and all money will go to help with Chelsea’s travel expenses.

From juicing apples to grinding corn Homeschoolers Day about making learning fun

September 30, 2010 Sixteen-year-old Megan Adams of Cave City didn’t have to be told how to shell the dry corn from the cob during Homeschoolers Day at the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville on Monday.Growing up on a farm, she’d been doing it for years.With half of the corn cob inside a Ziploc bag to catch the fallen kernels, Adams, using her thumb, carefully and quickly broke off each of the kernels, filling the quart-sized bag half full while sitting on the pavement in front of the museum.

Echols back in courtroom

September 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A lawyer for one of the three men convicted of killing three 8-year-old Cub Scouts in West Memphis told the Arkansas Supreme Court today that new scientific evidence in the case merits reopening his client’s case.Damien Echols has maintained his innocence since his arrest in the 1993 killings. Attorney Dennis Riordan told the court that DNA testing conducted after Echols’ conviction did not place Echols at the scene and that other scientific evaluation of evidence contradicts statements made by one of the three men during a confession.

The Weekend Events

September 30, 2010 Friday• Turtle Island Native American Association of Arkansas annual Pow Wow, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Loberg Park, Hardy. Open to the public. The Loberg Park area was the traditional camping grounds for the American Indian summer soltice. Dancers and drummers, special dances for children, princess contest, arts and crafts available for purchase, concessions. Bring lawn chairs. Call (870) 972-6995 or (870) 856-3811 or e-mail


September 30, 2010 The date was incorrectly listed in Wednesday’s Guard for the 2010 Sew with Cotton Contest being held at the Independence County Farm Bureau office. The contest is Monday. 

Bethesda EHC wins best of show at county, district

September 30, 2010 Each year the Independence County Extension Homemaker Council sponsors a special awards category at the Independence County Fair and Livestock Show. The category is for an educational exhibit.Entries in this category are restricted to the Extension Homemaker Clubs of the county. The entries must meet certain criteria and are judged on the areas of appropriateness of theme, presentation and effectiveness, according to a news release.