Nurses celebrated

May 14, 2010 Approve Home Medical Services and Caring Hands Hospice in Batesville celebrated National Nurses Week this week with a luncheon for its home health nurses. National Nurses Week is celebrated on May 6, known as registered nurse recognition day, and culminated Wednesday, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession, said Angela Davis with Approve Home Medical.

Progress edition coming

May 14, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will again publish its Progress edition this summer. The edition is published every five years and offers updates made in the community, business and agriculture, public service and industry sectors — how they’ve grown, what’s new, what’s been updated, etc. To find out more information on how to list your business, industry, club or organization, call the Guard at (870) 793-2383 to have a form faxed to you, or pick up a form at our office at 258 W. Main St.

Calico museum to buy building

May 14, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum Foundation will purchase the historic Rodman Hardware Building at 100 Main St. The board voted unanimously to authorize a $125,000 capital campaign to acquire, preserve and renovate the building to use as a museum. Currently housed in the chamber of commerce office next door, the museum has already outgrown that space, officials said. When the Rodman Building came up for sale, the board felt it had to act immediately. The foundation has received a $20,000 donation toward the purchase. Funding will come from grants, donations and fundraising events.

Election supplies to be delivered

May 14, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Independence County Courthouse. The commission will deliver election supplies and voting equipment to the polling site contact judges for Tuesday’s election, according to a news release

Bond set at $500,000

May 14, 2010 After ramming his way through a police roadblock in a stolen truck, and accused of setting fire to his father’s home, Mikeal J. Ciamaricone, 41, of Camp Tahkodah Road, is being held in the Independence County jail under $500,000 bond on 12 felony charges. The charges against Ciamaricone were listed in a warrant affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.

Spring Tour of Homes: Wades find dream home

May 14, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the first of four homes to be featured on the spring tour. For information about the tour, contact Shirlye Marable at (870) 793-7247 or Even without ever seeing it in person, Marie Wade knew the bungalow in Batesville’s historic district was her dream home.

Getting off the ground: Furniture plant only one in U.S.

May 14, 2010 For eight years, the old IUSI plant has sat empty, but now a new manufacturer plans to bring up to 200 jobs to Batesville in the next two years, and the company is being built from the ground up. North Arkansas Furniture Manufacturing is locating in the former International Utility Structures Inc. facility (originally known as the Seiberling building) at 2210 E. Main St., NAFM president Robert Norton told the Guard Thursday. The company makes furniture, from armoires, dressers and cabinets to beds (king, queen, full and twin sizes), tables and chairs.

Rush, college agree

May 14, 2010 MELBOURNE —$155,000. That is the amount Ozarka College and Doug Rush have agreed upon. While the paperwork still has to be signed, all parties are in verbal agreement, according to attorney Denise Hoggard, who is representing Rush. When the former Ozarka president was fired July 7, 2005 by the board for “dishonesty, insubordination, failure to comply with state laws, and willful disregard of board policy after being warned that this would not be tolerated,” he sued.

Memorial is Friday

May 13, 2010 ASH FLAT — The 17th annual Police Officer Memorial Service in Sharp County will begin at 9 a.m. Friday in the courthouse parking lot near the memorial monument, Sheriff Dale Weaver said. The featured speaker will be Major David Daly of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Newark man charged with assault

May 13, 2010 Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 21-year-old Newark man after he allegedly fired a shotgun at a man and woman in front of his home. The charges were filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by Detective Sgt. Brent Everett with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. In his court affidavit, Everett says that on May 4 Cassandra Moody filed a report with the sheriff’s office saying that Phillip A. Morris fired a shotgun at her and Michael Bennett when they went to an address on North Hill Street in Newark to pick up Moody’s son.