• A routine life

    This week I was fine on Monday and really sick on Tuesday with a virus, which meant the doctors could only treat the symptoms and I’d have to wait it all out on my couch with a large box of tissues. That threw off an entire week that was already filled to the brim. I had to reschedule and ask for help and then let the rest go. Any kind of illness is always a great reminder of humility and powerlessness over anything.

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  • Veterans salute set at Sharp Co. Fair

    ASH FLAT — A new event at the Sharp County Fair, which continues through Saturday, is a Salute to Veterans program, said fair board secretary Nancy Orr.
    The Salute to Veterans will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the entertainment pavilion.
    U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln will be the featured speaker.

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  • Filings create school board races

    Arkansas’ annual school board election is Sept. 21 and two races in Independence County and two in Sharp have formed, according to information from the county clerk’s offices.
    Fred H. Reinheardt will challenge incumbent George Latus for Position 6 on the Batesville School Board. Running uncontested for board member Ron Carter’s Position 5 seat is Scott Fredricks.
    At Midland, Maverick Barnett will be vying for incumbent Clint McCance’s seat. Re-filing for Position 4 is Connie Blevins.
    All are five-year terms.

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  • Mayor’s job to become full-time

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City Council on Tuesday changed the requirements for being mayor, turning the position into a full-time job, said Recorder-treasurer Kathy Wooldridge.
    Whoever becomes mayor next term must be available to work at least 40 hours a week, she said.
    The position is open for election, as Mayor Jerry McCall, who was appointed in March to replace the retiring Carl Johnson, has said he will serve only until the end of the year.
    The salary remains unchanged, at least at this time, at $21,495 per year.

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  • Early voting begins Tuesday

    Early voting for the city of Batesville Recreational/Community Center Sales and Use Tax and Bond Issuance special election starts Tuesday and will be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ends Aug. 9 at 4:30 p.m. There will be no Saturday or Sunday early voting hours.
    Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the following sites:
    • Batesville Ruddell Ward 1 and Moorefield Ward 1 — Independence County Extension Cooperative Service building
    • Batesville Ruddell Ward 2 — First Methodist Church Multipurpose Room

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  • Burglars hit local business

    As he was on his way to an out of town job, a Batesville business man said he drove by his company office on Boswell Street and saw several office items sitting on the curb.
    James Bruce Southard, employed by Sheehan Pipeline Company of Searcy, said he saw the items Monday morning as he was headed to Searcy to a job site.
    Southard told police that when he went to the office on Tuesday morning he discovered a gate chain had been cut to gain access to the property and noticed several office items damaged or missing.

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  • Free hot dogs served Tuesday

    CenterPoint Energy and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a community-wide National Night Out at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Batesville city hall.
    In addition to learning about how to combat crime and drugs, attendees can enjoy free hot dogs and drinks.
    The 27th annual crime/drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
    National Night Out is designed to:
    • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
    • generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs

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  • Lifeguard rushes to aid toddler

    When 2-year-old Zachary Lindsey fell from the top of the slide onto the concrete at the Fitzhugh Park pool Wednesday afternoon, Colton Gregory came to the rescue.
    This morning, Zachary is home, playing like he always has and “running wild” with his twin sisters, mom Anita Lindsey told the Guard this morning.

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  • Dying man’s checks stolen; woman jailed

    Sasha Ann Regan thought her neighbor would be dead before his stolen checks cleared the bank; now the 21-year-old has been charged with burglary and theft (including checkbooks), according to a court affidavit.
    Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims said in the affidavit that on May 29 Deputy Michael Calendar took a burglary report at Dennis Robson’s residence at 505 Brushy Road.

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  • Bond set at $500K

    MELBOURNE — Circuit Judge Tim Weaver set bond for Donald Dickey of Calico Rock at $500,000 following Dickey’s arrest earlier this week on an arson charge, according to public records in the Izard County/Circuit Clerk’s Office.
    The arrest and filing of the arson charge followed an investigation into a fire that destroyed the 6653 Gorby Road, Calico Rock, home of Mary Dickey, 67, on Sunday. Mrs. Dickey’s remains were found Tuesday in the burned out home, which she and Donald Dickey shared before she either divorced or separated from him recently, authorities said.

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  • United Way ‘blitz’ set

    The United Way of Independence County, aiming to raise money for local social service agencies, will “blitz” local businesses Wednesday as part of its annual campaign. Volunteers will be out and about in the county, visiting small businesses and picking up employee contributions and company donations.
    The “blitz” enables local businesses to give a tax-deductible donation to the local United Way, promote community goodwill, and “Live United” in our community.
    This year’s overall campaign goal is to raise $300,000, the same as in 2009.

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  • Hillcrest offers free physicals

    LYNN — Free physicals will be available for Hillcrest junior and senior high school athletes Monday, 10 a.m. until noon, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge, Hillcrest Athletic Director Danny Foley said.
    Students will need to pick up permission slips for the physicals at the high school or elementary school. A school bus will provide transportation to Walnut Ridge.

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