41 seek municipal offices

August 13, 2010 ASH FLAT — Twenty-seven independent candidates filed for municipal offices in Sharp County as of this morning, according to public information in the county clerk’s office.Eight filed in Izard County and six in Independence county.Danny Traw filed for re-election as mayor of Ash Flat and Nina Thornton filed for re-election as Hardy mayor.Traw drew an opponent — Ash Flat businessman Kelly Newcom.Glenda Baskin and Wayne Lester both filed for Mayor of Williford.

No programs set at Blanchard

August 13, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — There are no programs scheduled for next week at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release from Tony Guinn, visitor information specialist.“We’ll be back to regular programs the following week,” Guinn said. For more information, call the U.S. Forest Service at 1-888-757-2246 or (870) 757-2211. Blanchard Springs Caverns is located 15 miles northwest of Mountain View, near the town of Fifty-Six.

‘Nutcracker’ to hold auditions

August 13, 2010 The North Arkansas Dance Theatre will present its sixth annual “Nutcracker” on Nov. 19 and 20. Open auditions will be held for kindergarten to adults at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Batesville Ballet, Etc., located at 206 E. Main. No formal dance training is required for these children and adult parts. For more information call 1-866-468-6238 ext. 0.

Ex-employee charged with forging gas tickets

August 13, 2010 A former employee of Best Equipment Company, a tractor-and farm-related business at Southside, has been charged with nine counts of second-degree forgery and theft by deception, Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims said in a court affidavit filed Tuesday afternoon.Manager of Best Equipment, Richard Frazier, told police charges on the company’s account occurred in the month of June and totaled $680.

Lyon a Yellow Ribbon school, contributing to service members’ education

August 13, 2010 Lyon College is a military friendly school.The college was recently named a Yellow Ribbon school for the 2010-11 year. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows higher learning institutions to enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Military MOMS to mark anniversary

August 13, 2010 The MOMS of Military Prayer and Support group for women related to those serving in any branch of the Military will meet on Monday at the Fellowship Baptist Church located at 1003 Batesville Blvd. (across from the Batesville airport).

West Magnet sets open house

August 13, 2010 West Magnet Elementary will hold an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for parents and students to tour the building and meet the teachers and staff.School supply fees may be paid at this time. The $30 fee includes all supplies needed for the year except backpacks and kindergarten rest mats.

Optimist Club auction set

August 13, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will hold its annual Radio/TV Auction from 6-9 p.m. Thursday.The auction will be broadcast on Batesville Channel 6 and KFFB 106.1 in Fairfield Bay. More than 100 items have been donated from area businesses.All money raised will go to fund programs for the youth in the surrounding areas. Some of these include scholarships for high school seniors, essay and oratorical contests, and fishing derbies. A complete list of auction items will be listed in an upcoming issue of the Guard. For more information call Chris Black at (870) 793-2263.

Budget committee to meet

August 13, 2010 There will be an Independence County Quorum Court budget committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in the juvenile courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter (library) building at 368 E. Main St., Batesville.The county road committee members are encouraged to attend this meeting as well.

Officer climbs over gate, scuffles with felon

August 13, 2010 A fight with a sheriff’s deputy on a lonely back road early Monday morning resulted in a 34-year-old Batesville man going to jail for being a felon with a gun, according to court documents.“On Aug. 9, at approximately 2:50 a.m., Cpl. Shawn Stephens was patrolling the Gap Road area when he encountered a blue 1997 GMC pickup at the end of Russell Ferry Road at a locked gate,” Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Robert Moser said in the affidavit.