Police look for runaway teen

January 7, 2010 Police have no leads regarding the whereabouts of 16-year-old Zachary Matthew Russell who ran away from his Setzer Road home in Newark on Dec. 15.According to the boy’s mother, Natasha Russell, she came home from work and found the boy and all his belongings missing.Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said officers have checked with local friends and his father in Evening Shade, as well as relatives in Louisiana, and they all say they have no idea where Zachary Russell may be.

Board OKs contract for addition

January 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board approved a contract for a new addition to the high school when it met briefly Wednesday afternoon. It also signed a memorandum of understanding to participate in Arkansas’ Race to the Top initiative, a nationwide, competitive bid program in which states could receive more federal stimulus funds by showing what progress is being made to improve education.The potential funding range for Arkansas is estimated to be between $60 million to $175 million with some of that being allocated to participating districts.

AARP members to have lunch

January 7, 2010 The Batesville AARP chapter will meet Tuesday at Western Sizzlin.The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. Dave Gruger of Hardy will be the guest speaker, discussing antique telephones.The event is open to the public. The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to anyone age 55 and older.

Japanese program receives grant

January 7, 2010 The Freeman Foundation has presented Lyon College with a grant of $28,000 in order to enhance the study of Japanese language and literature. The foundation funds projects that promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Asia, and it has awarded Lyon College a total of $166,000 since 2003.

Area schools deal with highs, lows in 2009

January 7, 2010 From the Batesville School District’s venture into unchartered territory, to the Cushman Bulldogs’ final farewell, Eagle Mountain Magnet archers world-champion win and the welcoming of a new elementary for Southside, news in education was ahead of the class in 2009. Unchartered territoryThe fall of 2009 found Batesville looking to acquire a charter status for its junior high, but the idea was soon dropped after the district agreed to review the idea further and allow for more public input.

Felony drug charges filed

January 7, 2010 NEWPORT — Five people have been charged in Jackson County with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.According to Chief Investigator Sgt. David Platt, with the Jackson County Criminal Investigation Division, Marcus Shane Boyster, Donnie A. Carlton, Christopher Fischer, Heather Marie Smart and Lauren Elaine Billingsley have been formally charged and are scheduled to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Jan. 22.

Mutilation reported

January 7, 2010 Footprints in the snow are the only clue in a dog mutilation incident believed to have occurred sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning.Independence County Deputy Dee McFatter said she was dispatched to the home of Brandy Lynn White at 470 W. Main around 2:18 Tuesday afternoon regarding White’s dogs being killed and one of them mutilated.

Grievance panel sides with clerk

January 7, 2010 Dianna Melton didn’t want to leave her son’s bedside. He’d been injured in a rodeo accident, fell into a coma and spent weeks in the hospital. It was possible he had sustained brain damage, and they were facing a long road to recovery.Shortly after her son was released from the hospital Melton received a certified letter saying she was fired Dec. 23.Tuesday, Melton won the support of a grievance committee which voted to give her a “clear name” and seal a portion of her personnel file.

News of other days

January 6, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 21, 1997.

Dozens of schools remain closed

January 6, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Slick roads from wintry weather and frigid temperatures are keeping dozens of northern Arkansas schools in 12 counties closed.Today is the third consecutive day the schools have been shut down. At least 29 districts had announced classes will not be held.The districts are in Baxter, Benton, Boone, Bradley, Carroll, Cleburne, Izard, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren and Washington counties.