Molotov cocktails used in store fire

April 6, 2009 When she arrived to open her grocery store for business Sunday morning, Maria Chavez was met with a cloud of smoke and flames emitting from a back room of the business.The fire at La Tienda Guadalupana, 916 Sidney St., was reportedly started by placement of two bottles of flammable liquid with cloth wicks in separate locations in the store.Cpl. Bobby Moser with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said Chavez told him she arrived at the store just before 9 a.m., saw the building on fire and immediately called 911.

Awards given

April 6, 2009 CAVE CITY — Judy Lemonier, Bridget Garland and the Party BBQ Team were recently named winners of the North Arkansas Reading Council’s 2009 Literacy Awards, president Reneé Edwards said.Lemonier won the Educator Award; Garland, the Community Leader Award; and Party BBQ, the Arkansas Reading Association Agency in Literacy Award.Lemonier, kindergarten through fourth grade librarian at Cave City Elementary School, served as second-grade teacher for 20 years at Evening Shade Elementary before the school annexed with the Cave City district.

Man: Drugs to pay for rehab

April 6, 2009 A broken windshield — and the use of housing underpinning to cover the broken driver’s side window — led to a Batesville man’s arrest for drug possession Saturday morning.Independence County Deputy Chris Little said he was patrolling north on Sidney Street around 9 a.m. when he saw a black Geo Storm going west on College Avenue with the broken windows.

Bringing history to life — Renaissance Days draws schools, communities

April 6, 2009 Unrolling the metal wire off the spool, Trisha Purvis concentrated as she wrapped the flexible metal around the round piece of wood in her hand.“It all starts with a stick,” Purvis explained while shaping and forming loops with the wire that will be a necklace or bracelet after it’s weaved together and charms are added.

News of other days

April 3, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 16, 1996. 

Roger Brown, David Diemer win tourney

April 3, 2009 CAVE CITY — Roger Brown and David Diemer teamed to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Crown Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.The tournament had 21 participants in 11 boats.Brown and Diemer weighed in five bass totaling 10.7 pounds.Keith Lawrence and Jason Lawrence came in second with five fish weighing 8.05 pounds and Andy Needham and Jason Shaw finished third with four fish weighing 7.85 pounds.Needham caught the biggest bass of the tournament, a 4.65-pounder.

Experience leads to survival box

April 3, 2009 As we have all heard so many times, experience is the best teacher, and this holds especially true when dealing with outdoor activities.And when you can learn from the mistakes of others, it just makes you that much wiser.My personal, and observed experiences, have taught me there are a few things I should be carrying in my truck at all times.These items are important because I never know where a photo/hunting/fishing opportunity will take me.

Area Briefs

April 3, 2009 White River Roadrunners to hold shoe drive

Local Brief

April 3, 2009 Library changes hours; amnesty given this monthEffective immediately, the Independence County Library in Batesville is operating under a new schedule:• Monday — noon to 8 p.m.• Tuesday through Friday — 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.• Saturday — 9 a.m. to noon.Also, the library has declared the month of April as “Fine Free Month.” All overdue charges on materials returned during this month will be shown amnesty.For more information, call (870) 793-8814.