Special meeting is Tuesday

March 18, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Water Authority will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the ongoing lawsuit with Parker Brothers, according to manager John Richardson.

Emergency crews locate man in grain bin

March 18, 2010 POCAHONTAS (AP) — Authorities say emergency crews have located the body of a man who was trapped inside a grain bin near Pocahontas.Pocahontas Police Chief Scott Baltz said late Wednesday the body was discovered inside the bin between 8 and 9 p.m. Baltz said about 450 bushels of corn were removed from one of the structures.Special equipment was brought in from Corning to help remove the corn from inside the bin, according to KAIT Channel 8. Police have not released the man’s identity, but Region 8 News said the man was an employee of Precision Ag Services.

Salado road to be closed

March 18, 2010 The Independence County Judges’s Office has announced the temporary closing Saturday of a small, un-named road next to Gospel Fellowship Church at 1060 Newport Road.The cut-through road between Newport Road and Rock Bridge Road will be closed during an event hosted by the church from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The road closing will be for the one day event only.

Thomas announces

March 18, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Lee Ann Ginn Thomas of Mountain View has announced she will seek election as Stone County tax assessor in the May Democratic primary.Thomas is a lifelong resident of Stone County, other than a brief time in her childhood when she lived in Osceola.

School studies being conducted

March 18, 2010 Because students learn differently than they did 50 years ago, faculty and staff at the Batesville School District are hitting the books in order to keep up with the times.In November the board voted to develop a three- to five-year plan for implementing 21st century teaching methods at the junior and senior high school that would include more hands-on activities and technology and environmental approaches to increase students’ interest in learning and agreed to conduct an internal study within the school.

Guard staff wins

March 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK—- The Batesville Daily Guard won several awards, including two first places, in the Arkansas Press Association 2010 Better Newspaper Advertising Contest. The Guard competed in the Smaller and Medium Dailies division.For Single Ad Over Ten Inches Under Half Page, the Guard’s J. Ross Jones won a first place for “Abby’s Family, Abby’s Army.”Another first place was awarded in Best Use of Process Color for “Red Hot Summer Specials.” This award went to Randy Harris, Mike Smith and Shelly Garth.

Southside man dies

March 18, 2010 A man who died in a fiery crash on Highway 167 south of Pleasant Plains early Wednesday morning has been identified as 55-year-old Robert Stephens of Rock Bridge Road in the Southside community.His long-time employer, Bill Davis, told the Guard this morning that it was his understanding that Stephens had been visiting family in south Arkansas and was on his way home when the accident occurred around 2 a.m.According to Davis, Stephens’ wife, Pam, was in Texas when the accident occurred and officials were not able to notify her of the accident until around noon Wednesday.

News of Other Days

March 17, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 2, 1997.

Deadline nears to enter spring livestock show

March 17, 2010 MELBOURNE — March 26 is the deadline to enter the North Central District Fair’s Junior Spring Show, fair board member Nancy Orr said.The show will be April 1 and 2 at the Izard County Fairgrounds at Melbourne.Horses will show the first night at 7 p.m. and cattle will show the following night. Horses must have negative Coggins papers and cattle must have health papers.Goats and sheep will show April 2 and must have identification tags in their ears, Orr said.“All animals must be healthy,” she said.