Video helps identify suspect in stolen credit card case

July 21, 2010 A total of seven felony charges have been filed against a Spring Valley man, 36-year-old Michael Joe Campbell, after he was allegedly identified in a surveillance video using a stolen credit card to buy merchandise at the Batesville Walmart store.In an Independence County Circuit Court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims said the charges against Campbell were filed following a June 18 incident in which an Jeff Teague of El Dorado left his wallet on top of a gas pump at a local convenience store and it was stolen before he could get back to retrieve it.

BHS, BJHS eye future

July 21, 2010 This year Batesville High School will concentrate on being “Less Me” and “More We” as it and the Batesville Junior High work to become schools that incorporate more hands-on, collaborative teaching and learning styles, also known as 21st century classroom techniques.On Monday, high school Principal David Campbell and junior high Principal Brent Bogy presented updates about the progress each school has and is taken to move forward in this direction as recommended by the Batesville School Board in February.

Drowning reported

July 21, 2010 A 4-year-old Batesville boy drowned late Tuesday afternoon during a family outing on Greers Ferry Lake, Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss said.Josh and Amy Mathews of Batesville had been boating on the lake Tuesday afternoon in the area of the Midway Bridge, where Highway 225 crosses the lake at Greers Ferry, when they went to shore for a swim break.“The Mathews family had pulled their boat up on the shore and they were swimming in the immediate area around their boat with their children when they discovered 4-year-old Lane Isaac Mathews was missing,” Moss said.

Two die in wreck

July 21, 2010 Police have yet to identify one of the two people killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 25 at Locust Grove around 5:30 this morning, Trooper Jeremy Page with the Arkansas State Police said.Page said the truck was heavily damaged in the wreck and members of the Batesville Fire Department Rescue Squad and Desha First Responders spent an extensive amount of time and effort in extricating the driver.

Toys help children with disabilities learn, achieve goals

July 21, 2010 Some barely make it out of the box before they’re tossed aside and forgotten while others are buried away in overstuffed toy boxes and closets having not been played with in years. Many toys that might otherwise go unused, however, could be just the toys needed to help a child with disabilities in the Philippines learn and occupational therapist Cherrilyn Jamora is hoping that through the kindness of donations this can become a reality for children receiving therapy at the Great Physician Rehabilitation Foundation.

Crowd reported

July 21, 2010 Hand-held church fans featuring local advertising from merchants were a must-have for many enjoying the festivities at the opening night of the Independence County Fair. Fair board member Imogene James said that 2,741 people attended the fair Tuesday, much more than the 584 who attended the first night last year because of 4 to 5 inches of rain that “pretty much washed out the evening.”

News of Other Days

July 20, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 6, 1991.89 YEARS AGOE.R. Sitton and M.J. Egan of Fulk and Riffle of Little Rock spent Thursday in Batesville making preparations to begin the drilling of the oil well here.Mr. Rogers, who runs the Irwin sawmill, today purchased lumber from J.A. Luster to build the derrick for drilling Batesville’s first oil well.John Puckett returned last night from Sulphur Rock, where he spent several days looking after his mining interests.

Truck pull to raise money

July 20, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Lions Club and Volunteer Fire Department of Calico Rock will host a truck pull fundraiser July 31 at the Tip Wiseman Rodeo Arena adjacent to Earl King Park in Calico Rock.The Inlaw Outlaw Sled Team will put on the sled pull competition events. A lawnmower pull will be at 4 p.m.; then at 7 the truck pull action begins with multiple classes including: • 2-wheel drive stock (5,500 pounds)• 2-wheel drive  stock (6,000 pounds)• 4x4 pro street (5,800 pounds)• 4x4 pro street (6,200 pounds)

Highland student awarded Burger King scholarship

July 20, 2010 MIAMI — Highland High School student Kaitlin Sellers has received a $1,000 Have It Your Way scholarship  courtesy of Burger King, according to a news release. More than $1.2 million in scholarships has been awarded to 1,092 students nationwide as part of the tenth annual Burger King Scholars Program.Sellers received the award because of her outstanding academic achievement, along with other academic and community involvement criteria.The program has awarded a total of 13,812 scholarships representing more than $14 million since the program’s inception in 2000.

Charlotte park gets new trees

July 20, 2010 Members of the Batesville Modern Woodmen of America Camp 15759 gathered April 22 at Charlotte to plant trees at the Jerrel Lillard Ball Complex.The project was part of the Plant A Tree Program, a nationwide program introduced by Modern Woodmen for its members in 2004.“This program ties Modern Woodmen members to the roots of our organization,” Paul Moody, leader of Camp 15759, said.