Caught on tape, burglar arrested

May 5, 2010 After allegedly being identified in the surveillance video at two stores, a Newark man has denied any participation in the burglary of an Oil Trough business, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Robert Moser of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Charged with felony commercial burglary in the affidavit is 20-year-old Kenneth C. Cordell of Newark. Moser said that around 1 a.m. Dec. 18, 2009, Deputy Michael Darr responded to a burglary at the Lunch Box store in Oil Trough.

Cyclist to make stop in Batesville

May 5, 2010 In 2012, cyclist Joe Eldridge hopes to qualify for the Tour de France, but on Tuesday he will be peddling his way through Batesville. Eldridge, captain of Team Type 1, a competitive cycling team that takes on the challenges of living with diabetes, will be the special guest during the Pancreas Bicycle Run, which begins at 2:30 p.m. at The Course at Eagle Mountain.


May 5, 2010 An accident victim shown being treated at the scene of a three-car pileup in Monday’s edition of the Guard was incorrectly identified. The victim was Joy Alonzo of Sulphur Rock. She was treated and released from White River Medical Center with a sprained shoulder.

Polling place changes

May 5, 2010 Voters previously voting at First Baptist Church West Annex at 610 Main St. in Batesville will vote on May 18 and run-off elections only in the multi-purpose room on the second floor at First United Methodist Church at 615 Main St. For more information, call (870) 793-8828.

Driving tests canceled

May 5, 2010 The Arkansas State Police will not be giving either the written or driving license exams in Batesville on May 11. The next scheduled testing will be on Thursday, May 13.

Sheriff promotes deputy

May 5, 2010 Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Luetschwager has been promoted to the position of detective, according to Sheriff Alan Cockrill. Luetschwager began his career with the sheriff’s department as a jailer in January 2007, and became a patrol deputy in March of 2008. He graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in April of 2009.

Ted Hall to be honored

May 5, 2010 Batesville schools Superintendent Ted Hall will be honored during a business after hours celebration at First Community Bank on May 25. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the first floor bank lobby at 1325 Harrison St. in Batesville. Refreshments will be served. Hall announced his retirement from the Batesville School District in February. Dr. Randy Willison will take over as new superintendent July 1.

Walgreens to mark anniversary

May 5, 2010 The Batesville Walgreens store at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets will be celebrating its first anniversary Saturday with free hot dogs, Pepsi, and chips from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free face painting and door prizes such as a bicycle, cosmetic items, and “As Seen On TV” products, according to a press release. Children under 12 can make free Mother’s Day cards and hand prints, and mothers can enter for a chance to win a Hallmark Gift basket. Customers can also get a free 8x10 photo when they come in and have their picture taken with their mom.

Poll workers to get training

May 5, 2010 Poll worker training for the upcoming May 18 primary election will be held Thursday at White River Medical Center Raye Rogers Women’s Conference Center facilities in Batesville. Training is held each election year prior to the primary election to update and refresh poll workers on proper procedures on holding elections at their particular polling site.

Fish fry, chicken dinner set

May 5, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community will host a fish fry and chicken dinner from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The all-you-can-eat buffet, which includes dessert and drink, will be $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under.