Man’s home burns while helping others

February 5, 2009 HORSESHOE BEND - While a man was struggling to provide shelter for others during the ice storm last week, his home burned to the ground. "We lost everything," Tony Baptistia said during a Guard interview Monday. "But we'll rebuild."

Highland rebuilds, looks to future

February 5, 2009 HIGHLAND - One year after a powerful tornado took out much of Highland's business district, city officials are dealing with a different kind of disaster - the aftermath of a major ice storm that caused big problems for the town's sewer system.

Ash Flat suffered heavy damage

February 5, 2009 ASH FLAT - When a tornado ripped through part of Ash Flat and the Highland business district about 7 p.m. one year ago today, Ash Flat was damaged more than most people realized, Mayor Danny Traw and Fire Chief Stacy Horton said.

News of other days

February 4, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 16, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO The Batesville Fire Department answered 16 alarms during January. Total fire loss for the month was $330. Announcement was made today by Dr. W.S. Lacy, president of Arkansas College, that $46,000 of the indebtedness of the Synod of Arkansas for the college has just been paid. Dr. Lacy explained that the amount necessary to make the payments was raised more than a month ago, but he desired for the payment to be actually made before the announcement.

Home looted during storm

February 4, 2009 Displaced by a recent ice storm, a Newark woman returned home Thursday afternoon to discover she had been a victim of more than just nature. Independence County Deputy Duane Grice said he took a report around 12:30 p.m. from Janice Tucker who said her locked house at 6360 Cord Road had been burglarized during the recent power outage.

Residents remain ‘resilient’

February 4, 2009 As many Independence and Sharp County residents work to get their homes and yards back in order following last week's ice storm, many more are still waiting for power to be restored. This morning 800 Entergy Arkansas customers were still without electricity across parts of Independence, Sharp and Izard counties, according to Batesville Entergy customer service manger Les Frensley, who said he hopes that most all Entergy customers will be back on by Friday.

Planners shown architect’s ideas

February 4, 2009 After years of brainstorming and work by city officials and a number of Batesville's citizens, a new comprehensive plan for the city's future growth has been approved by the planning commission to go before the city council for approval and implementation.

News of other days

February 3, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 15, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Judge Dene H. Coleman, Batesville attorney, advised approximately 75 members of the Batesville Charles L. Jenkins Post of the American Legion and Independence County war veterans meeting in the Legion Hut Tuesday to keep their bonus payment bonds for rainy days instead of selling them immediately.

Sneed jailed

February 3, 2009 NEWPORT - A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Jackson County has turned himself in, officials say. Late Sunday afternoon, Ronald Ray Sneed was in custody in Independence County and will face the same charges as two others already incarcerated at Newport, according to Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas.

Darkness continues for many

February 3, 2009 While 1,800 homes are still without power in rural areas this morning, Les Frensley hopes that won't be the case Wednesday afternoon. "We hope to have most everyone on by the end of the day Wednesday," said the customer service manager with Entergy Arkansas.