Retired teachers slate meeting

May 7, 2010 The Independence County Retired Teachers will meet at noon on Monday at Western Sizzlin’ in Batesville. This will be the organization’s last meeting of the 2009-10 year. Agenda items include a report and plans for next year will be discussed. The meeting is open to all retired school employees.

Properties may be condemned

May 7, 2010 The Batesville City Council will hold public hearings for three properties up for possible condemnation at Tuesday night’s regular meeting. The properties are 2402 Case, 520 Ferrell and 1860 Porter. District Judge Chaney Taylor will make a request regarding DUI Court, and Randy Huskey will discuss the viscous animal ordinance. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at city hall. The agenda includes proclamations, a report from Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.

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