Area Briefs

January 6, 2009 Melbourne Fred's donates to Izard sheriff's office MELBOURNE - The Melbourne Fred's Store recently made a monetary donation to the Izard County Sheriff Department's equipment fund. Store Manager Wesley Brooks said his company greatly appreciates the public service provided by Sheriff Tate Lawrence and the deputies throughout the year and that the donation is a way of expressing its appreciation.

Lack of quorum puts city planning business on hold

January 6, 2009 With two members absent and one vacant seat on both the Batesville city board of adjustment and planning commission, city business was put on hold Monday night. The board of adjustment held a public hearing but was unable to vote regarding a conditional use permit for installation of a drive-through window at The Medicine Shoppe at 2080 Harrison St.

Court opens with new JPs

January 6, 2009 New faces, an ordinance for procedural rules and smooth session launches the Independence County Quorum Court off on the right foot. Eight new justices of the peace were introduced to the county Monday evening: Gary Bridgman, District 2; Ann Moore, 4; Bobby Weaver, 5; Margaret Boothby, 6; Larry Nelson, 7; Danny Carter, 8; Waymon Long, 10; Marion "Tony" Thompson, 11.

Search reveals no clues in missing woman case

January 6, 2009 After several volunteers spent Monday morning in a cold drizzling rain searching a dense wooded thicket and a field in Newark, authorities say they aren't any closer to knowing what has happened to Jennye L. Davis, 31, of Newark.

Two testify at sex trial

January 6, 2009 MELBOURNE - Jurors were seated and the opening statements by attorneys, for both the state and defense, were under way by 1 p.m. Monday in the case against a former Izard County Consolidated teacher accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with students.

News of other days

January 5, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 8, 1996. 74 YEARS AGO Winners of the Christmas home decoration contest have been announced. Held under the sponsorship of the Batesville Garden Club with Mrs. Fred Fitzhugh as chairman, the homes of Mrs. Ernest Neill and Miss Vela Jernigan tied for first place. The home of Mrs. E.H. Glenn was second in the large homes division, and the home of Mrs. Ella Albright was second in the smaller homes division.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 5, 2009 Seniors to host art exhibit The Independence County Senior Citizens Center is having an art exhibit and reception for all the participants who attended the art classes instructed by artist Julie Lamons.

UACCB marks decade; Lyon seeks new leader

January 5, 2009 One college celebrated its 10th anniversary and marked a record enrollment, while the president at another announced his retirement. Those were only a few of the major news stories affecting Batesville's two colleges in 2008.

New JP takes office in Sharp County

January 5, 2009 ASH FLAT - Todd Price was sworn in Friday as Sharp County's newest justice of the peace. Price, a farmer from Grange, replaces Buell Wilkes of Evening Shade on the quorum court. Wilkes, a longtime JP, did not seek re-election.

Local soldier returning to Iraq

January 5, 2009 Last-minute errands to run and people to see, new digital recording equipment to hook up and - perhaps most importantly - soaking up every minute with his wife and infant son. Sgt. Frank Vaughn has the drill down. This isn't his first rodeo. Last week, he left his family for training in New Jersey, then will be going on to Iraq, where he will be for several months.