Woman reported missing after fire

July 27, 2010 CALICO ROCK — Izard County authorities were searching this morning for a woman reported missing after her home burned over the weekend.The residence of Mary Dickey, 67, of 6651 Gorby Road burned Sunday. The fire was called in at 6:20 p.m. by a neighbor who saw smoke. By the time Calico Rock and Pineville fire departments arrived at the scene, the home was a total loss, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.

Green Party nominates candidates in Arkansas

July 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Green Party of Arkansas has chosen its nominees for various offices in the November elections.Party members met Saturday and selected former state Rep. Jim Lendall of Mabelvale as the nominee for governor. Greenland Mayor John Gray is the party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate.Congressional nominees are Ken Adler of Batesville in the 1st District, Lewis Kennedy of Conway in the 2nd District and Joshua Drake of Hot Springs for the 4th District.

Continued moratorium sought on colleges

July 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas higher education officials want to extend a moratorium on new college and university campuses in the state.Department of Higher Education administrators will ask the Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday to extend an existing 10-year moratorium for 10 more years, saying more campuses would dilute available state funding for higher education.The 11 existing four-year public universities and 22 two-year public colleges competed for their share of about $800 million in state appropriations for the fiscal year that started July 1.

Family spends hours making monster suits

July 26, 2010 ST. JOE (AP) — Jonah, the Old Testament character who spent some time in the belly of a fish, has nothing on Kyle Baker.The young St. Joe man has been in the belly of Godzilla. Unlike the reluctant Jonah, however, Baker is more than willing to enter the belly of the beast. In fact, he sees it as a chance to further his career.

Girls’ IDs mixed up following crash

July 26, 2010 PHOENIX (AP) — Instead of planning Abby Guerra’s funeral, family and friends hope for her recovery after learning that Arizona authorities misidentified her in an auto accident.Guerra was initially listed as having died at the scene of the July 18 crash, and her friend, Marlena Cantu, as one who survived, though badly bruised with a swollen face.Cantu, 21, was actually killed, and Guerra, 19, was in critical condition with a brain injury, broken back, collapsed lung and other injuries.

$75,000 bond set

July 26, 2010 Witnesses say Ashley Holifield, 26, of Batesville, not only took possession of stolen property taken in the armed robbery of a Batesville man’s home on June 17, but she also took part in the burglary of a rural grocery store a few days later.The charges against Holifield are described in a court affidavit filed by Detective Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.

Family get-together scheduled

July 26, 2010 CAVE CITY — The 28th annual Stout and Marlin family reunion will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Cave City’s Family Life and Education Center.A potluck lunch will be served. All family and friends are invited.For more information, call Clara Stout at (870) 283-5515 or Lora Keeling at 283-6222.

Class reunion is Saturday

July 26, 2010 CAVE CITY — The Cave City class of 2000 reunion will be Saturday.At 10 a.m. the group will meet at and tour the new gymnasium. Following the tour, lunch will be at Daddy Jack’s in Cave City. They will meet at 6 p.m. at Josie’s in Batesville.For more information, call Misty Dockins at (870) 834-2661.


July 26, 2010 The date for the Batesville AARP meeting was incorrectly listed in last week’s Guard. The meeting will be Aug. 10, with Dennis Wilson presenting the program.

UACCB board to meet

July 26, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Board of Visitors will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in Independence Hall. The meeting will be followed by a reception honoring outgoing board members Ronnie Hampton, Gary McDonald and Roger Ried.The agenda for the meeting includes updates on construction projects, enrollment, storm damage update, scholarships, upcoming events, tobacco-free status, introductions and other items of business.