• Cut corners

    Dear editor:
    I want to voice my opinion concerning the proposed tax increase for the new recreational facility for Batesville. I know that if I choose to continue to shop in Batesville, I’ll be helping to fund this. The residents living outside the city would get no more benefit from this than they are getting from the Humane Society. I for one have called them many times about dogs that come to my house after being dumped by people, but they say they never have any room.

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  • Disappointed with tactics

    Dear editor:
    In politics, catchy phrases, a sense of urgency to rush a vote, and vague tax information are often signs one should take a more in-depth look at what is actually trying to be accomplished.
    I am disappointed the “Move Batesville Forward” group has used that approach to try and force their agenda on the whole county. This only serves to divide the county instead of helping us work as a unit for the common good.

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  • Reasons for support

    Dear editor:
    I am writing to express the reasons why I am in support of the Batesville Parks Initiative.
    1. A community/convention center with room for conferences, educational programs, activities, meetings, concerts and special events would enhance the lives of not only Batesville residents but those who live in the surrounding areas.
    2. Health: An indoor walking track, a heated therapeutic pool, a gym; all are needed to stay fit and have a prolonged life.
    3. Convenience:

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  • Where in the world are we?

    Before I start getting calls, e-mails and letters, let me say the following did NOT take place at a college in Independence County or its surrounding counties.
    But the college in question IS in Arkansas.
    Back in the mid- to late 1970s and 1980s, incoming freshmen at this college were asked several questions. Their answers were surprising — even alarming — to those of us who grew up in a time when we actually learned stuff and showed an interest in learning.
    The survey took place over a 10-year period and involved slightly more than 2,100 incoming freshmen.

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  • Trooper finds marijuana

    If Amanda Foster hadn’t been speeding in the Southside area, she might not have been stopped by a state trooper Tuesday evening, and she and her passenger might not have gone to jail for drugs.
    Instead, Foster and Jamie M. Moore remain in custody in the Independence County jail under a probable cause hold pending formal charges by the sheriff’s department’s Narcotics Unit, according to a police report.
    Arkansas State Trooper David Jones said he was using radar on Highway 167 when he clocked a pickup truck doing 57 in a 45 mph zone on Highway 167.

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  • Memorial account established

    An account has been established at Citizens Bank to help the Joshua and Amy Mathews family with expenses following the drowning of their 4-year-old son, Lane.
    Anyone wanting to help may make a deposit at any Citizens Bank location. Please specify donation goes to the Lane Isaac Mathews Memorial Account.

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  • Man runs

    CAVE CITY — It didn’t do John Douglas Brown any good to run when law officers pulled up in his front yard Tuesday.
    He got arrested anyway.
    Third Judicial District Drug Task Force Agent Mike Zeiger and Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver obtained a search warrant for Brown’s house at 948 Hwy. 115 at Cave City following a joint investigation, sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Mark Counts said.
    When investigators arrived at the house in the early morning hours Tuesday, they saw Brown standing in his front yard.
    “Mr. Brown immediately took off running,” Counts said.

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  • Caricatures a hit at county fair

    With each stroke of her black Sharpie marker, Pat VanBibber helps bring the best out in others — in cartoon form.
    “Can you make me look real cute?” mom-to-be Lindsey Carter asks, smiling, sitting down at VanBibber’s booth at the Independence County Fair Wednesday night, which an estimated 2,800 attendees visited, fair board member Pam Lloyd told the Guard this morning.
    Telling her she can, VanBibber, a cartoon caricaturist, asks Carter, who’s due in October with her first child, if she wants her baby bump to be depicted along with her profile on the 8-by-10 canvas.

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  • Task force: ‘Something for everyone’

    From a heated therapeutic pool and indoor walking track, to performing arts center, splash park and more, the new community center and sports complex will have something for everyone, according to the group behind the proposal.
    Around 50 people attended Monday’s public meeting at West Magnet. The event followed a special-called meeting of the Batesville City Council, during which aldermen accepted the 245-acre Rutherford farm on Gap Road as the proposed site for the new ball complex.

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  • Off-field woes take lead as SEC media days begin

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Bar brawls and NCAA investigations will be hot topics at the Southeastern Conference media days — not just national championships.
    Troubling events have made headlines in the two weeks leading up to the 3-day SEC event that began today. There was a bar brawl involving Tennessee players and there are potential NCAA troubles brewing at Florida and South Carolina.

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  • Ricemen to try for state Legion 3-peat

    SEARCY — The Jonesboro Ricemen will try for three straight American Legion state championships. That was determined when they rallied past West Memphis 6-4 in the AAA Zone 2 Tournament championship game on Monday night.
    The Ricemen will take a 26-5 record to North Little Rock’s Burns Park on Friday for a first-round game against a team yet to be determined. West Memphis, which eliminated Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 7-6 Sunday afternoon and defeated Paragould 11-10 in the losers bracket final later that night, also qualified for the state tourney.

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  • Tickets still available for BAA hall of fame induction ceremony, dinner

    Tickets are still available for the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner, said Joe Biard, a hall committee member.
    Brian Baker, Scott Crossett and Bobby Hill will be inducted into the 19th class at the Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant on July 31. David Parker will receive the Estes Award.
    The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 apiece and can be purchased from Sue Skinner at the Batesville Municipal Building.

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