Bond set at $500,000

May 14, 2010 After ramming his way through a police roadblock in a stolen truck, and accused of setting fire to his father’s home, Mikeal J. Ciamaricone, 41, of Camp Tahkodah Road, is being held in the Independence County jail under $500,000 bond on 12 felony charges. The charges against Ciamaricone were listed in a warrant affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.

Spring Tour of Homes: Wades find dream home

May 14, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the first of four homes to be featured on the spring tour. For information about the tour, contact Shirlye Marable at (870) 793-7247 or Even without ever seeing it in person, Marie Wade knew the bungalow in Batesville’s historic district was her dream home.

Getting off the ground: Furniture plant only one in U.S.

May 14, 2010 For eight years, the old IUSI plant has sat empty, but now a new manufacturer plans to bring up to 200 jobs to Batesville in the next two years, and the company is being built from the ground up. North Arkansas Furniture Manufacturing is locating in the former International Utility Structures Inc. facility (originally known as the Seiberling building) at 2210 E. Main St., NAFM president Robert Norton told the Guard Thursday. The company makes furniture, from armoires, dressers and cabinets to beds (king, queen, full and twin sizes), tables and chairs.

Rush, college agree

May 14, 2010 MELBOURNE —$155,000. That is the amount Ozarka College and Doug Rush have agreed upon. While the paperwork still has to be signed, all parties are in verbal agreement, according to attorney Denise Hoggard, who is representing Rush. When the former Ozarka president was fired July 7, 2005 by the board for “dishonesty, insubordination, failure to comply with state laws, and willful disregard of board policy after being warned that this would not be tolerated,” he sued.

Memorial is Friday

May 13, 2010 ASH FLAT — The 17th annual Police Officer Memorial Service in Sharp County will begin at 9 a.m. Friday in the courthouse parking lot near the memorial monument, Sheriff Dale Weaver said. The featured speaker will be Major David Daly of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Newark man charged with assault

May 13, 2010 Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 21-year-old Newark man after he allegedly fired a shotgun at a man and woman in front of his home. The charges were filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by Detective Sgt. Brent Everett with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. In his court affidavit, Everett says that on May 4 Cassandra Moody filed a report with the sheriff’s office saying that Phillip A. Morris fired a shotgun at her and Michael Bennett when they went to an address on North Hill Street in Newark to pick up Moody’s son.

Midland High graduation set for next week

May 13, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland High School graduation will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Thirty-four students will graduate. Co-valedictorians are Caleb Brackett and Derek Tharp. Brackett’s clubs and activities include Floral Baptist Church, senior high basketball and baseball, Gifted/Talented, Student Council, library representative, Senior Beta, Future Business Leaders of America, Bible Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, fire marshal, Midland High School honor graduate and Arkansas Scholar.

Haddock Cemetery group sets fundraiser

May 13, 2010 The Haddock Cemetery Association will hold a fund-raising dinner and bake sale at noon Saturday at Oak Bluff Community Center, located on Oak Bluff Road between Gainesboro and Charlotte. Funds raised will be used to help pay for reconstruction of a rock wall surrounding some of the graves and headstones.

Man charged with 20 counts; stolen items valued at $50K

May 13, 2010 Evidence collected from a Sunday night burglary at the Batesville Motor Speedway has a Batesville man facing 20 counts of commercial burglary, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Mundy said deputies were dispatched to a Batesville residence Monday morning where Jessan Taylor, 21, had spent the night and reportedly claimed to have several stolen portable radios from the speedway.

What’s going on?: The Weekend Events

May 13, 2010 Friday • Main Street Batesville will hold its 2nd Friday Wander and Wonder Walk, hosted by Main Street Batesville. Gage Country will perform at 7 p.m. at the Simply Southern Playhouse Music Theater at Main and Broad streets. The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a reception at the gallery, which will be open until 8. Batesville Gaming Center will host a grand opening at 5, Ken Smith will perform at the pocket park at 6, and Randy and Stephanie Wade and friends will be jamming at Randy’s Music. Call (870) 793-4632 or e-mail