GOP women to hear candidate

February 9, 2010 The Independence County Republican Women will sponsor a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Batesville.Paul White of Mountain View, a candidate for Arkansas State Senate, District 10, will be the guest speaker.District 10 includes a portion of Independence County and all of Stone, Izard, Sharp, Fulton and Randolph counties.The event is open to the public.

Mining, roads dominate meeting

February 9, 2010 MELBOURNE — A number of people against frac sand mining made their concerns known when they met with Izard County officials last Tuesday night.Tammy Trotter, a member of Friends of the Mill and Piney Creeks, urged justices of the peace to exercise authority to “protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens.”

Luncheon is Feb. 26

February 9, 2010 The date for Citizens Bank’s fifth annual Go Red for Women Luncheon is set for Feb. 26 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. According to Janelle Shell, one of the organizers of the event, the Go Red For Women Committee, made up of 20 women in the community, has been meeting for several months.

MOD Walk set for April

February 9, 2010 If March of Dimes had an “image,” Robert Foster wouldn’t fit it.Standing at around 6 feet tall, Foster, who often wears a black leather vest and boots and rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle, isn’t the first person one would associate with the March of Dimes, an organization that for more than 30 years has funded research and community programs to help mothers have full-term pregnancies and children have healthy lives.

SkyCam lets viewers see Hardy live

February 9, 2010 HARDY — The KAIT Storm Team descended upon downtown Hardy Friday afternoon, trying to help stir up a storm of tourism.Meterologists Ryan Vaughan, Sarah Tipton and Justin Logan, along with KAIT vice president/general manager Tim Ingram and Mayor Nina Thornton, officially turned on a 24-hour weather camera.Thornton had the tourist-boosting idea on a hot day; it was dedicated on a cold one. So cold, in fact, those gathering early to await the Storm Team’s arrival kept joking about finding a barrel, firewood and matches so they could start a fire to warm themselves.

News of Other Days

February 8, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 24, 1997.73 YEARS AGOSheriff Loyd Allen today successfully participated in his first still raid with the assistance of J.R. Jones and Lee Kidd, investigators. A still was found about three-fourths of a mile from Huff, south of Batesville on Highway 11, in the operation of cooking up a batch of mountain drinking water.

Man arrested for hitting, kicking wife

February 8, 2010 After allegedly admitting to police that he had hit his wife several times, a 21-year-old Batesville man went to jail Jan. 29 after he reportedly kicked and shoved her to the floor. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said that when he arrived at the home of Steven and Leslie Burkhart around 10:30 p.m., the couple told him they had been fighting most of the day.“I noticed that she had a busted lower lip, she said it happened when he pushed her down in the kitchen,” Stephens said. “She also said she had a bruise on her lower right leg where he had kicked her.”

Inmates charged in fight

February 8, 2010 Two inmates housed in the Independence County jail have been formally charged with felony second-degree battery after they allegedly assaulted another inmate on Jan. 31.In a court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard said Deputy Nathan Stephens was called to White River Medical Center and spoke with inmate Daniel B. Huckabee, who was being treated for a detached retina and other injuries to his head.

Weiner, Delight eye merge

February 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Weiner and Delight school districts are destined to vanish, but residents want that to happen in name only.The districts have asked for permission from the state to merge, an administrative gesture that would have the school led by one superintendent willing to endure a four-hour commute.

Car with no taillights leads to drug bust

February 8, 2010 Because of an alleged blown fuse in his car, a Melbourne man is facing felony drug charges after police stopped him for no taillights, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Detective Jeff Sims.Sims said that Deputy Nathan Stephens stopped 28-year-old Richard Lee Johns Wednesday night in west Batesville for no taillights.After being told the problem was a blown fuse, Stephens ran a computer check of Johns and learned he had a suspended driver’s license for a previous alcohol charge and was wanted in Sharp County.