Seeing double, triple

July 7, 2009 Twins have special bonds. However, if you’re the Kelley twins, Stokes twins or McCord twins, the bond is even more special.“It’s probably the only time this ever happened in our county,” said Johnny Kelley of Batesville. “It kind of makes you feel special. ... We were on the front page of the newspaper the first day (after) we were born.”———They knew about each other for years even if only through a photograph.

Lawrence to speak

July 7, 2009 “This I Believe” will be the program topic at Old Independence Regional Museum at 4 p.m. Sunday as six people share their committed beliefs during this meeting.Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence will center his remarks on patriotism and what Americans owe to their country. “I want citizens to remember those who have ‘fought the fight’ for democracy in the past and to enjoy the freedom they now have in America,” he said.

Reward offered in old murder case

July 7, 2009 On May 7, 1980, the nude body of Cindy Dennie Mallott was found shortly after 6 p.m. in the kitchen of her two-bedroom trailer in east Batesville.Twenty-nine years later, the case has been reopened and new evidence submitted to the state crime lab.The body of 23-year-old Cindy Mallott was found by her ex-husband, Donnie Lynn Mallott, who told police he left his job during a supper break and went by the trailer on South 26th Street, where he had been living, and found her body. Their 3-month-old son, Kevin Christopher Mallott, was found unharmed in a front bedroom.

News of other days

July 6, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 17, 1996.

Area Briefs

July 6, 2009 Computer, jewelry taken from local business

Batesville teen dies in crash

July 6, 2009 Rescue workers used hydraulic “jaws of life” and air bags to lift a vehicle that rolled over on Highway 167, trapping the driver inside early Friday morning. Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Page said the driver, 19-year-old John Allen Runions of 900 Bryant St., was killed when he lost control of his 1991 Ford Probe around 6 a.m. on a curve in the vicinity of the former C & C Collectables building, approximately four miles south of Batesville.

Stolen guns recovered

July 6, 2009 MELBOURNE — Thirty-seven guns were recovered from more than 40 that were reported stolen from the Patrick Thompson residence on Highway 5 north of Calico Rock a few days ago, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The guns, many of which were vintage, were located in a wooded area near the Izard/Baxter County line. Other items recovered include ammunition, knives and electronic equipment. The guns had been exposed to the weather, and many were in a degraded condition, Lawrence said.

Burglary ring busted, Meth labs also discovered

July 6, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Events that began unfolding Wednesday in Cleburne County led to several arrests, the finding of two methamphetamine labs, the recovery of about $30,000 in stolen property and the clearing of at least seven residential burglaries, said Cleburne County sheriff’s Detective Kim Bettis.Bettis said that after receiving information from sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Jack Smith and a confidential informant, she and Det. John Hendricks went to a residence at 606 Firehouse Road in an attempt to make contact with a suspect, 32.

News of other days

July 2, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 16, 1996.