Sharp jail full; domestic battery tops reports

September 21, 2009 ASH FLAT — “We had a busy weekend,” Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning, adding that the jail is full today even after some who were arrested had bonded out.“We had nothing really, really major. (But) I got a call Saturday night from the jail; they said the jail was full and they had six standing in the hall. I asked what they were charged with. I had to start figuring out a way to get some of them out of there.”The jail holds 42, including eight spaces for women.

Fall color updates available on

September 18, 2009 School is back in session, weekends are marked by the sounds of football games and the weather is turning cooler. That means one thing in Arkansas: It’s fall color season A team of spotters begin reporting on Sept. 24. The up-to-date foliage changes are added to late Thursday afternoons until the season ends. The reports are also available by calling (501) 682-7777 or 1-800-NATURAL.

News of Other Days

September 18, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 1, 1996.73 YEARS AGOPreliminary work toward obtaining a landing wharf for boats on the White River here are beginning to take shape today, as the announcement was made that a strip of land adjoining the government landing below the free bridge has been promised and that use of the government dredge boat, anchored here, is being formulated.Allie Crouch and Miss Evalee Gray have been doing considerable work on the project.

Southside to eye old school buildings

September 18, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — With its new elementary now open, Southside School District will now consider the future of some of its old elementary buildings. On Monday the board agreed to hold a special business meeting at noon Sept. 25 in Superintendent Roger Rich’s office to approve the school’s 2009-10 budget. Rich and the board will then tour and discuss what elementary buildings the district should keep and how they can be used. The meeting will be open to the public.

Man wanted on burglary/theft charges turns self in

September 18, 2009 Wanted on charges of residential burglary and theft of property, both felony charges, a 41-year-old Batesville man turned himself in to authorities Monday night.The charges against John Delgratta stemmed from an Aug. 26 visit to his home by his parole/probation officer Becky Clark after she reportedly got word that Delgratta was in possession of items that had been stolen six days earlier from the Melissa Fike residence on Red Thomas Road.

Words & Afterwords offers books & much more

September 18, 2009 HARDY — Hardy’s Words & Afterwords manages to combine bookstore, art gallery, coffee house, restaurant and live music venue into an eclectic gathering place and eatery with a casual, welcoming environment. Located in the heart of Old Hardy Town at 201 Spring St., Words & Afterwords opened in 2006. The bookstore is located in the Old Walker House, a circa 1900 home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of the house has been preserved, including the wood burning fireplace.

870 area code addition eyed

September 18, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — The days are numbered for continued expansion within the 870 area code.Arkansas’ Public Service Commission is conducting hearings on whether to add a separate area code in much of Arkansas or let a new area code “overlay” the region. If an overlay is picked, all calls would require 10-digit dialing but everyone gets to keep their current phone number.CenturyTel says it backs the overlay so companies don’t have to order new stationery.

Michael Holt, Bryon Bristol win tournament

September 18, 2009 CAVE CITY — Michael Holt and Bryon Bristol weighed in five fish totaling 12.45 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Crown Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said. They also weighed in the biggest bass of the tournament, a 2.65-pounder.Twenty-five anglers competed, in 13 boats.Roger Brown and David Diemer placed second with four bass weighing 5.6 pounds. Keith Lawrence and Danny Mathews came in third with 4.65 pounds.The Crown Lake tournament ended the regular season.

Columnist offers 10 tips for getting great tasting meat from elk, deer

September 18, 2009 MISSOULA, Mont. — Hunting season is well under way. You finally tag an elk or deer but now the local butcher is swamped, forcing you into a crash course in processing your own meat. Fear not, says the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which offers the following tips and a diagram on its Web site to guide you.

Mount Pleasant Class of 1959 plan reunions

September 18, 2009 THE MOUNT PLEASANT CLASS OF 1959 is hosting its 50-year reunion and the Annual Mount Pleasant All-School Reunion Sept. 25-26 in the Mount Pleasant School cafeteria. The Sept. 25 event begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30. Entertainment will be provided. On Sept. 26, registration  will begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. For more information call Lena Byler at (870) 346-5315 or Vida Tate at (870) 291-2313.