Man dies in rollover

May 7, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — A Heber Springs man died in a 3:51 a.m. single-vehicle accident Wednesday at state Highway 451 and 454 Jones Road in Cleburne County, according to a report filed by Arkansas State Police Cpl. Robert Dunaway. He said 27-year-old Jimmy C. Andrews was southbound on Jones Road when he drove off the shoulder of the roadway into a fence, then came back across the road causing the truck to overturn, ejecting Andrews. Andrews was not wearing a seat belt. The weather conditions were clear and the road was dry, Dunaway reported.


May 7, 2010 Incomplete information was provided from the school concerning Cedar Ridge High School graduation, published in Wednesday’s Guard. Students also graduating are Russell Smith, Dylan Harmon and Jennifer Staggs.

Drama, critical thinking all part of act

May 7, 2010 On a movie set, actress Angelina Jolie has probably never had to worry about how to clean up an oil spill from her own self-constructed, human-powered vehicle while portraying an Eskimo or Russian scientist on a Siberian camping trip. And, she’s probably never had to figure out a way to construct an iceberg so it doesn’t come tumbling down. For members of the Batesville High School Odyssey of the Mind team, however, it’s all part of the act and one that’s taking them to the 2010 Odyssey of the Mind world finals at Michigan State University May 26-29.

Sample ballots offered online

May 7, 2010 ASH FLAT — Sample ballots for the May 18 primary elections in Sharp County are online, County and Circuit Clerk Tommy Estes said this morning. “Voters in Sharp County can look at sample Democratic, Republican and non-partisan ballots by going to,” he said. “It will ask your name and date of birth.”

Coroner faces new dilemma

May 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Hardy Willis thought his troubles were over. After learning he had been released from an indictment charging him along with four others with conspiring to distribute marijuana, he called everyone to tell them he was free of all charges. What he didn’t know was that an additional indictment was filed on Tuesday. Willis told the Guard this morning his understanding was that all charges had been dropped after an order was filed Wednesday. That order only severed him from the other defendants.

Drill time

May 7, 2010 Lying on the second floor courtroom of the Independence County Library, Alicia Weaver waited for help to arrive. “I’m trapped! Help! I can’t move,” she yelled as the sound of sirens from fire and emergency personnel could be heard in the distance, making their way to downtown Batesville. Screams of distress rang out throughout the building a little after 9 Thursday morning as local fire and emergency crews made their way inside, searching for survivors and victims following a courtroom “attack.”

Jurors favor Cedar Ridge

May 7, 2010 Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb was relieved. “As I said before, the truth will set you free.” That statement was issued moments after a jury returned with a verdict in favor of the Cedar Ridge School District. For two days jurors listened to testimony concerning the firing of former math teacher Earlene Howard. In less than 45 minutes they gave their ruling. Howard filed a civil case against the school district after she was fired from her job in 2008.

New books at Independence County library

May 6, 2010 “Motorcycles Inside and Out,” Chris Oxlade “Conducting Basic and Advanced Searches,” Jean Porterfield “Creating Multimedia Presentations,” Tamra Orr “Researching People, Places, and Events,” Holly Cefrey “Canoeing and Kayaking,” Lois Rock “Experiments with Heat,” Trevor Cook “Hepatitis B,” Jeri Freedman “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID),” Michael R. Wilson “The Endocrine System: Hormones, Growth and Development,” Michael R. Wilson “Fertility,” Michael R. Wilson “Bone Cancer: Current and Emerging Trends in Detection and Treatment,” Heather Hasan

4-H’er races to first place

May 6, 2010 Ryan Sinele from Ruddell Hill 4-H Club won first place April 17 in the 8 and under division in the 4-H Youth & Family 5K Trail Run/Walk at Ferndale. The 2010 4-H 5KRun/Walk isn’t just about going the distance — it’s about inspiration and families enjoying the outdoors together, officials said. The race drew 104 entrants who tackled the wooded and hilly racecourse along the trails of the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center. Ryan had 6 other family members join him for the race.

Arts, crafts will be sold

May 6, 2010 ROGERS — Hundreds of artists and craftsmen will come together Friday, Saturday and Sunday to sell, display, and demonstrate their skills during the War Eagle Mill Arts & Crafts Fair near Rogers. The event offers a variety of food vendors and live music. The Mill opens at 7 a.m. serving a full country breakfast. Also, visitors can watch the power of the water wheel grinding fresh cornmeal. Admission is free but there is a $3 parking fee. Call 866-492-7324 or visit for details.