Candidates respond while they wait

May 19, 2010 When early voting numbers in Independence and Fulton counties showed Jerrie Lee Grady ahead of Don McSpadden in the prosecuting attorney’s race one hour after the polls closed Tuesday night, Grady was thrilled. “What?” she asked, smiling when approached by a supporter at her watch party at the Batesville Country Club. “I’m really nervous,” she said. “But we’re really excited.”

Two incumbents fall, one squeaks by

May 19, 2010 It wasn’t a good year to be an incumbent. Tuesday night, two incumbents in Independence County were turned out, while a third nearly lost his seat in his five-county district. County Judge Bill Hicks will finish his term come Jan. 1, when challenger Robert Griffin takes over. The two battled it out for the Democratic nomination. No Republicans or independents have filed, clearing the way Griffin through the fall General Election. Also losing his seat was Coroner Hardy Willis. Wesley Gay won the race without a run-off, defeating Willis and fellow challenger John Cooper by a 2-to-1 margin.

Thefts top Izard arrests

May 18, 2010 MELBOURNE — Stealing, drugs and alcohol were among the recent arrests made by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Arrests include: • Phillip Randal Bartlett, 22, of Yellville was arrested May 9 on a warrant charging him with burglary and theft of property. He appeared in Izard County Circuit Court and was sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Correction where he was transported May 10. • William Winston Taylor, 38, of Calico Rock was arrested Sunday on the charge of possession of a controlled substance. He remains in jail on an investigative hold.

Calico Rock hosts NCARED board

May 18, 2010 Calico Rock — The North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development board has hired a grant writer. The NCARED board held its May meeting recently in Calico Rock as part of an ongoing effort to gather at locations throughout the eight-county NCARED region it supports.

Lawrence Street Flea Market now open

May 18, 2010 With several thousand square feet of floor and wall space for display, Barbara Allison is serving the local community with antiques, collectables, decor items and more at the Lawrence Street Flea Market, 545 Lawrence St. in Batesville. “We carry a variety of old and new furniture,” Allison said. “If you are looking to decorate an older home or new, we can assist you. “We also offer custom made cabinets for wardrobes, TVs, and bookcases made from recycled doors and wood. These are real popular and sell fast.”

HWY 7 band to perform

May 18, 2010 DESHA — Desha First Baptist Church will host a gospel concert by Hwy 7 Band from Russellville at 7 p.m. Thursday, according to Elvis Garrett. “HWY 7 is one of the most exciting and up and coming Christian vocal bands today,” according to a news release. Hwy 7 has been traveling on the road full time and performing at different venues like New York City (Carnegie Hall); Branson, Mo. (Silver Dollar City); Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Country Tonite Theatre and Dollywood); Nashville, Tenn. (The Gibson Café at Opry Mills) and Eureka Springs, Ark. (the Great Passion Play and Pine Mountain theatres).

SAR to honor Revolutionary War soldier

May 18, 2010 Jonesboro — The Jonesboro Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Arkansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will hold a dedication and memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Gracelawn Cemetery in Tuckerman for Pvt. Charles Pistole. Charles Pistole was born in 1757 in Dinwiddie County, Va. Pistole married Elizabeth Glasco in 1783. They had eight to 10 children (the records are not clear in this).

Shriner onions available

May 18, 2010 The White River Shrine Club Vidalia onions can be picked up at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. Times are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday; and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday. Those who cannot pick up onions at this time are asked to call (870) 307-9569 or 307-9568 to make other arrangements. “We have some extra onions so if you did not pre-order and would like some onions you may call the above numbers or contact a local Shriner or come by the fairgrounds during the above days,” Bill Pierce said. to post real-time election results

May 18, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard had such a great response from the political debates April 27 that we are also going to webcast activities at the Independence County Courthouse, following the election results live as they come in Tuesday night, starting at 7:30 as precincts around the county close. Results for select races will be posted in real-time on the Guard’s website, The results and webcast are free to view, and one does not have to be a subscriber to access them.

Spring Tour of Homes: Johnston home opens

May 18, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the third of four homes to be featured on the spring tour. For information about the tour, contact Shirlye Marable at (870) 793-7247 or David and Denise Johnston may be more eager for Sunday’s tour of homes to be finished than any other couple featured this year. That’s because they can’t wait to begin tearing down drywall and looking for a “lost” fireplace in the middle of the home. It’s something like a treasure hunt, and even if it doesn’t pan out, at least the Johnstons will have their curiosity abated. ———