Guard closed Thursday

November 24, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will not publish Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Publication will resume Friday.

Leaf pickup under way

November 24, 2010 The city of Batesville is currently running garbage routes for the leaf pickup, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh has announced.Citizens are asked to put leaves at curbside, not in the streets, and to separate the brush from the leaves. Also, Elumbaugh asked the leaves not be sprayed down with water, as wet leaves can clog drains and create flooding problems throughout the city.

Man jailed for making meth

November 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — A Hardy man was arrested Monday after officers from the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department and the 3rd Judicial District Drug Task Force searched his house, said Sheriff Dale Weaver.The search was authorized by a search warrant.During the search of Terry Painter’s home, the officers found seven reaction vessels used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine as well as other items of drug paraphernalia. Weaver said.

Cell phone taken at gunpoint

November 24, 2010 A North State Street man said his $250 VU cell phone was stolen by a man wielding a pistol.Deputy Joseph Beaudin responded to the robbery call around 2 p.m. Monday and spoke with Michael Goodman who said he was walking down Addie Street, near the intersection of Lilly Street when the robbery occurred.“A black male in a white four-door car, like a Ford Focus, pulled up to him and stuck a gun out the window at him and demanded his cell phone,” Beaudin said.“The suspect took out the Sim card (subscriber identity module) and threw it down and took off with the phone.”

Essay contest announced

November 24, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club announces its annual essay contest for students who are under age 19 as of Dec. 31 this year.The title for this year’s essay is “How My Education is the Key to a Successful Future.”Local winners will be recognized at a special meeting on Dec. 17 at Western Sizzlin in Batesville. Winners will receive an official medallion and a cash prize. The cash prizes for local winners are first place, $100; second place, $50; third place, $25.

Stolen drugs found in home

November 24, 2010 Drugs first believed stolen during a burglary of Michael Meaders’ home on Jamestown Loop Friday have been found inside the home, according to Meaders.Meaders said three prescription bottles, containing small amounts of Hydrocodone, Bactrim and Tramadol, were thought to have been stolen, but he has since found them behind a dresser.It was first believed that perhaps someone with a key had entered the home sometime Friday while Meaders and his wife were at work and taken the drugs along with $21 in cash.

Wilson graduates from course

November 24, 2010 Jesse James Wilson of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office was one of 41 officers who successfully completed Basic Police Training Course 2010-B at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas.

Sharp, Izard counties’ runoff results: Bart Schulz wins runoff, Horseshoe Bend mayor keeps seat

November 24, 2010 ASH FLAT — Independent candidate Bart Schulz won the Sharp County Justice of the Peace District 7 seat in Tuesday’s runoff election, according to unofficial totals from the county clerk’s office.Schulz pulled 260 votes to 114 for Republican Dave Dougherty.The runoff was set up during the general election when Schulz got 194 votes, Dougherty 175, Democrat David Croft 145, independent Jimmie Don Kunkel 97, independent Joe Adam 34 and independent Marvin Cossey 16.

Elderly woman’s life threatened during robbery

November 24, 2010 A west Batesville woman said she had her life threatened when two armed men invaded her home and robbed her and her husband around midnight Tuesday.Martha Fulbright, 73, and J.B. Fulbright, 83, of 1490 Davis Lane told police two men, one wielding a knife with a 4-5 inch blade, entered the home and took a TV set and an undisclosed amount of money.Following a 911 call, Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch said he spoke with the couple at nearby Westside Laundry Mat while other officers searched their home and the surrounding neighborhood for the invaders.