• Joseph Alexander Chunn

    Dr. Mark and Chrisna Chunn, Alexandra, Alyssa and Jillian of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on May 18, 2009. The baby weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and has been named Joseph Alexander Chunn.
    Grandparents of the child are Louanne George, Charles George and Jean Chunn.
    Great-grandmother is Wilma Jean Robinson.

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  • The things we leave behind

    While Memorial Day was designed as a day of remembrance for the fallen defenders of our nation, I always reflect on my loved ones that have passed, especially my wife. I think it’s more than appropriate in her case, because a hospital Emergency Room is an ongoing, small war in itself. That war may have been what killed her. So she is, in my mind, a fallen veteran.

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  • Old flicks aren’t cheap

    I’m a dreamer. But I’m sure it didn’t take long for those who read my column to figure that out. 
    After my column “Cheap, old movies” ran in May 18th’s Guard, it didn’t take long for me to be made aware of just how expensive old movies are to show at places like the Melba theater in Batesville.
    Honestly, if I had thought about it, I would have realized that. But like I said, I’m a dreamer. (All I know is that I would love to see old movies on the big screen like they were 50 and 60 years ago.)

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  • Area Briefs

    Council to discuss rates, hear from Census Bureau

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  • Speeder arrested on drug, weapons charges

    A Batesville woman was arrested Thursday morning on drug and weapons charges after Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer tried to stop her for speeding.
    Brewer said he was performing traffic control on Broad Street around 8:20 a.m. when a white Oldsmobile turned off Neil Street and passed him at 45 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.
    Brewer said by the time he could turn on his blue lights and pull out to stop the car, it went out of sight as it topped a hill on Broad Street and he wasn’t able to locate it right away.

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  • Rajun Cajun fundraiser set for Saturday

    CONCORD — The Junior Auxiliary of Independence County’s sixth annual Rajun Cajun fundraiser will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Chimney Rock Cattle Co. in Concord.
    Events will include karaoke and a disc jockey as well as Cajun food prepared by Charlie VanBenschoten from Louisiana. All proceeds will go to help the children of the community, a news release states.

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  • Smith, Releford to perform at June 13 boxing event

    On June 13 former Mixed Martial Arts star Pat Smith will challenge Bad Boy Mowers fighter Kendrick Releford to a boxing event in Batesville.
    Brandon Foster, one of the event’s organizers, said Releford is preparing to “put an end to ex-MMA start Pat Smith’s boxing days.”
    Smith, who has fought the likes of Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie, and has recently defeated Butterbean will take an eight round-boxing match against Releford.

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  • Searchers find body

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy swept away by flash floodwaters early Monday morning, one of three deaths blamed on rains this weekend, authorities said.
    Meanwhile, forecasters with the National Weather Service at North Little Rock said May has been one of the wettest on record and the possibility remains that the state could get even more rain.

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  • Stone County breaks ground for hospital

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Stone County Medical Center held the groundbreaking Wednesday for the construction of the hospital in Mountain View.
    The new facility will replace the portion of the hospital destroyed by the February 2008 tornado.
    Pedro Garza, regional director for the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development, was the keynote speaker. Garza pointed out the importance of health care to communities and discussed the EDA’s mission of community and economic development.

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  • Fitzhugh Park pool opening Saturday

    The Fitzhugh Park swimming pool will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Memorial Day weekend and will reopen for the remainder of the season on May 29, according to a news release from Julie Williams, pool manager.
    The pool will be open 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. this weekend and Monday. The regular hours of operation will be the same through the summer. The family summer swim time will be 10 a.m. until noon each Saturday.

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  • Southerner senior forward named Class 4A All-State

    Senior forward Tyler Sarracino is Southside High School’s lone representative on the Class 4A All-State soccer roster.
    Sarracino scored 15 goals and nine assists, both team highs, to lead the Southerners to an 8-8 record. They qualified for the postseason and lost in the first round to the Little Rock Lutheran Lions.
    “Tyler is probably in the top five in goals and assists in our program,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “He was a real leader for us this year, on and off the field.”

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  • 3 BHS soccer players named all-state

    Three Batesville High soccer players were named to the Class 5A All-State team and one of those is making a return appearance.
    Lady Pioneers sophomore midfielder Erin Richards is joined by classmate and fellow midfielder Kandess Pfitzner, and sophomore Pioneer goalie Vivien Ramirez, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
    Richards and Pfitzner helped the Lady Pioneers to a 9-5-1 record. Their season ended with a loss in the quarterfinals to the Little Rock Christian Lady Warriors, the eventual state champions.

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