• Coffee can yields $4,500

    Batesville School District maintenance employee Larry Hawkins didn’t hesitate on Nov. 30 to show Ronnie Coots, director of business and information, the coffee can kept in a cabinet in the maintenance department.
    But Coots told the Guard on Tuesday he couldn’t believe it when he looked inside to find numerous cash bundles rolled up like cigarettes with white slips of paper on the outside and what looked to be amounts written down, secured with rubber bands. The cash totaled about $4,500.

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  • Smith’s Store, old post office destroyed in Sharp Co. hamlet

    Downtown Poughkeepsie changed drastically in the early morning hours of Feb. 28 when the old Smith’s Store building and old post office burned to the ground.
    Poughkeepsie Fire Chief Danny Denton said the fire was reported about 2 a.m.
    “The west end (of the store building) was burning when we got there,” he said.
    “It went in a hurry,” despite the best efforts of 10 firefighters and two trucks from Poughkeepsie plus assistance from the Evening Shade Fire Department, which sent firefighters and a tanker truck.

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  • Perkeys are writing histories of area communities

    Gary and Cindy Perkey, a husband and wife team, are co-writing a “History of Poughkeepsie” and he is working on a book about other area towns and communities.
    It’s not their first rodeo.
    Gary edited the 469-page (plus a 28-page index), hardbound “History of Cave City,” published in 2001 by the Cave City History Committee, which had 12 members, including Gary, in its Working Group.
    “We’ve still got some of those (books for sale),” Gary said.

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  • Website, meal program touted

    Between basketball, soccer, archery, the Little Dribblers team for younger children and cheerleading, Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary has plenty to offer students if you ask sports coordinator Steve Baxter.
    Monday night the Batesville School Board recognized many of those students and their recent achievements during its monthly meeting at Sulphur Rock.
    This marks the fifth year for these sports programs to be offered at the elementary and more than 75 percent of the students participate in one or more of the extracurricular activities, Baxter said.

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  • House vote jeopardizes insurance plan

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Republican minority in the Arkansas House on Tuesday held up a budget bill for the state Insurance Department aimed at implementing the federal health overhaul. The bill’s 53-41 failure could leave the agency with no funding for the coming fiscal year.

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  • Teens busted for smoking

    They weren’t smokin’ in the boy’s room. Instead they were caught on the bus.
    School resource officer Cord Davidson said the three were caught on camera smoking a pipe while sitting at the back of a bus taking them to New Horizons School Tuesday morning.
    Davidson said he was called to the Desha alternative school after a bus driver reported to director Gary Anderson that some students had been smoking at the back of the bus around 7:50 that morning.

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  • BHS sophomore wins top award

    Athan Dockery, a Batesville High School sophomore, earned top honors in a football camp over spring break.
    Dockery won the Most Valuable Player Award for wide receivers at the National Underclassmen Combine in Searcy. Along with the award came an invitation to participate in the “Ultimate 100” camp on the University of Georgia campus this summer.
    The camp in Searcy was one of many held across the country by the National Underclassmen Combine organization.

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  • Lady Cougar adds to line of college-bound golfers

    Kristen Doty recently joined a growing list of Izard County High School students to sign a letter of intent to play golf in college.
    Doty signed to play with the Central Baptist Lady Mustangs in Conway. Former teammates Kiley Mettler (Seminole State in Florida) and Rachel Harmon (Henderson State in Arkadelphia) signed over the past two years.

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  • Lyon’s Hodges honored with All-American nod

    Lyon College basketball senior K.K. Hodges closed her distinguished career being named a 2011 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American Honorable Mention, according to a news release from the college.
    This is the third such honor. The Wynne native received a second-team honor in 2010 and a honorable mention in 2009. She was also named to the All-TranSouth Athletic Conference first team earlier this month, an honor Hodges has picked up on three occasions (2009-11). In her freshman season, she was selected to the conference’s second team.

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  • Legion baseballers to sign up Sunday

    Prospects for Batesville American Legion baseball can register Sunday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce building, announced Legion board member Mike Dailey.
    The sign-up is scheduled from 1-3. Prospects must be entering their sophomore year in high school or 16 years old.

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  • Rain, conditions make for iffy calendar

    For now, little looks sure about the Guard’s “Sports calendar.”
    Rain washed out every scheduled sporting event for Tuesday except Batesville High School soccer, and today’s schedule looks iffy at best.
    The Nettleton-at-Batesville baseball and softball doubleheaders have been tentatively rescheduled for today, but both BHS coaches said this morning that the wet conditions and overcast sky would make it difficult to get the fields ready.

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  • BHS kickers warm up with wins

    On a cold, wet and miserable day, the Batesville High School soccer teams collected, for them, heart-warming victories.
    In 5A-East Conference openers Monday at Pioneer Stadium, the Batesville Lady Pioneers edged the Nettleton Lady Raiders 1-0 and the Pioneers battled by the Raiders 5-4 in the second session of an overtime shootout.
    After a scoreless first half, Lady Pioneer senior Erin Richards followed up her stopped penalty kick and kicked it into the net with 15 minutes, 2 seconds to play.

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