Air let out of tires on Searcy school buses

August 20, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — Someone let the air out for the start of the first day of classes in the Searcy School District.Superintendent Tony Wood says tires were deflated on 22 of the school’s buses in the district’s bus shop before the buses were to roll Wednesday morning.Wood says one front tire on each bus was deflated but four drivers had their buses at home so those buses ran on time.

Former bank employee charged with felony theft

August 20, 2009 A 41-year-old former employee of the Citizens Bank of Batesville is free on $10,000 bond after being charged with two counts of felony theft from a relative’s banking account, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

Brief standoff follows discovery of marijuana

August 20, 2009 ASH FLAT — A brief standoff ensued in Sharp County after Sheriff Dale Weaver, from a helicopter, spotted marijuana plants growing behind a house at the end of Sunset Lane just south of Martin’s Creek Road.The sheriff said his department was conducting its annual marijuana eradication mission and while acting as an airborne spotter, he saw a small patch of marijuana plants near the residence shortly after noon Tuesday.“Detectives and deputies acting as ground support quickly moved in to the property at No. 71 Sunset Lane,” he said.

Lyon again in top of U.S. News rankings

August 20, 2009  The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” ranks Lyon College in the “top tier” of national liberal arts colleges. This is the third year in a row that Lyon has made the top tier of the magazine’s national rankings.

Intruder runs from woman

August 20, 2009  Shelly Swaim said she was home with her small daughter when she heard someone trying to get in her back door around 9 Tuesday morning.“My husband had just left and I thought it might be him, although he never locks the door when he leaves,” Swaim told the Guard. “Thank God, he did.”Swaim said when she opened the door there was a strange man standing there with no shirt and a wild look about him.

Batesville joins Certified Local Government program

August 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Batesville and Benton have joined the Certified Local Government (CLG) program, which recognizes a concentrated local effort to protect the city’s historic resources, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced.“We congratulate the cities of Batesville and Benton on their recognition as CLGs,” McSwain said. “As members of the CLG program, Batesville and Benton join the forefront of the historic preservation movement in Arkansas and will be eligible for grant funding for future preservation projects.”

United Way hires new director

August 20, 2009 Vonda Oberbeck knows the meaning of the word “busy” since being named executive director of the United Way of Independence County last month. It’s been “pretty hectic,” she said with a laugh, sitting in her office on Wednesday.

Stockpiling fescue is good plan for some

August 19, 2009 Stockpiled fescue is one of the most economical ways of wintering livestock. It is certainly cheaper than feeding hay and generally cheaper than winter annuals. Stockpiled fescue lends itself well to a cow-calf operation whereas stocker operations typically rely on winter annuals.

Master Gardener discusses edible flowers

August 19, 2009 This is not as strange a topic as you might think. You eat flowers all the time, even if you don’t realize it. Whenever you eat cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts or artichokes, you are eating the flowers of those particular plants.

Truck, four-wheeler, trailer listed as stolen

August 19, 2009  A man who said he had been evicted from his home has reported his truck stolen.Independence County Deputy Ben Keener said Skyler U. Spivey of Batesville reported the 1995 Ford F-150 pickup stolen sometime between July 16 and Sunday.According to Spivey, he had been evicted about a month and a half ago and when he went back to his former residence to get some belongings and his truck, it was gone.Spivey said he couldn’t remember the last name of the man he was renting from, just his first name of Ron, according to Keener.