Man proposes at festival

April 20, 2009 A Little Rock man proposed to his girlfriend in front of hundreds of people at the Arkansas Scottish Festival Saturday on the Lyon College campus, and it was in a traditional Scottish way.“I’d thought about it for a long time, but the decision to actually do it today has come very, very recently,” Charles Cheatham said. “It was tough to get everything in place as best I could and I thank the Lord he spared us the rain.”

Letter carriers plan charity food drive

April 20, 2009 When an elderly man struggled to make his way into the Pleasant Plains Post Office last May, Doug Davis just figured he was coming in to check his mail. Davis, who was serving as the temporary postmaster there, said he was surprised when the man handed him a check for $200 to go toward the annual food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.The 2008 food drive was a success, as the carriers collected about 5,200 pounds of food. All donations go to Batesville Help and Hope, a nonprofit organization.

Frolos acquitted of five of six charges

April 20, 2009 ASH FLAT — Andrew Frolos Jr. was acquitted of three charges of terroristic threatening, one count of tampering with a witness and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm during a jury trial Wednesday in Ash Flat, then was taken back to jail.Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said that after hours of testimony, the jury went into deliberation and returned with not guilty verdicts on all counts.Frolos, 48, was returned to jail to await trial on an arson charge, Weaver said.

UACCB eyes Cushman buildings

April 20, 2009 The Cushman school campus could one day be used as a training center for programs offered through the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.UACCB Chancellor Deborah Frazier said Batesville Superintendent Ted Hall approached the college about possible uses for the Cushman facilities after the school is annexed into Batesville. The Batesville School District has said it would not be feasible to keep the campus open after the smaller school is shut down at the end of the year, due to low enrollment.

News of other days

April 17, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 30, 1996. 

4 charged in WRMC, antique store break-ins

April 17, 2009 Four 20-year-old men have been arrested and charged with one count each of commercial burglary and theft of property stemming from thefts from White River Medical Center and a break-in at MyMyra Antiques. Both are listed as class C felonies, according to police affidavits filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said the four were arrested following an incident in which Deputy Dale Jackson encountered a car, with three men inside, behind Schwegman Office Supply shortly after midnight on March 27.

How to make your trophy fish look good on wall

April 17, 2009 At last, it’s in the boat. The fish to end all fish is in the ice chest or in your live well. You have an honest, enormous trophy fish, worthy of a trip to the taxidermist. Whether your prize is a bluegill or a blue marlin, there are important things you need to do so the fish won’t get damaged and will look its best, and the process begins in those first few minutes.Taking the proper steps now will result in a much better-looking mount.

Tools, guitars, pills reported stolen

April 17, 2009 Police are investigating the burglary of a shop building owned by Josh Wilder of Batesville where $1,273 worth of tools were reported stolen sometime over the weekend, according to Independence County Deputy Colby Markum.Wilder said when he arrived for work at his shop on North St. Louis Street Tuesday morning he discovered two Dewalt cordless drills, a roll of 320 grit sandpaper, a screwdriver set, sanding blocks and a radar detector missing.According to Wilder, intruders would have had to climb over a fence to get to his property.No suspects were named.

Group study exchange members visit Batesville

April 17, 2009 Five people traveled from India as part of a group study exchange to spend a month in Arkansas.Anne Ratna Prabhakar, Vkn Srinivas, Arusam Madhusudan, V.R. Vidhyalakshmi and Dr. M. Ravi Kumar visited the Batesville Rotary Club Monday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse to speak about their families, careers and areas they live and work in.Rotarian Prabhakar, the group study exchange team leader, belongs to the Rotary Club of Chilakaluripet and spoke about some of his club’s projects, such as:

Poet visits Southside

April 17, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Slam poet Clayton Scott recently visited Southside Middle School to teach the fifth-graders about descriptive writing and poetry. Each class participated in a poetry slam on the last day to showcase their work. Five winners from each class will compete in an overall poetry slam to determine a fifth-grade Poetry Slam Champ.