Old Joe homeowner hides in attic when deputy arrives with papers

March 10, 2010 OLD JOE — Baxter County Sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday morning to a possible burglary in progress on Highway 5 South after Sgt. Lee Sanders went to the residence in an attempt to deliver civil process papers to the homeowner.When Sanders arrived, he found that the front door had been kicked in and burglary tools were present, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said. Sanders also saw a man inside who fled into the house when he saw the deputy.

100,000 copies of tourist guide to be distributed

March 10, 2010 Mark Ballard receives Tom Biggs AwardThe new tourism guide is much large than last year’s and already 100,000 copies were ordered in the initial run, Ozark Gateway Tourist Council President Bob Pest announced at the council’s recent annual Leo Rainey Tourism Appreciation Banquet in Batesville.

Youths net honors at Academic Day

March 10, 2010 Eleven area high schools and junior high schools recently competed in the Lyon College Regional Academic Day on the Lyon College campus. Junior and senior high students from Batesville, Cotter, Mammoth Spring, Mountain Home, Mountain View, Norfork, Salem and Southside were invited to participate in the math and science competition. Mountain Home Junior High School won first place in the overall junior high Division I category, while Mountain Home High School won first place in the overall senior high Division I category with Batesville High School earning second place.

Civil War group to meet

March 10, 2010 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Dr. George Lankford will present a program entitled “Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial.”Lankford is president of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. He retired in 2001 from Lyon College, where he served as Bradley Professor in the Social Sciences. In 2001 he was named Arkansas Professor of the Year. Currently he is serving his second term as president of the Independence County Historical Society.

Ballot order to be drawn

March 10, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Citizens Bank Annex on College Street in downtown Batesville.The purpose of the meeting, which is open to the public, will be to determine the order in which names will appear on the ballots in the May primaries.

Health screenings offered

March 10, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings will be offered at the Strawberry community center from 9 a.m. to noon March 23, according to a news release. Advanced practice nurse Sandra Green will be the guest speaker, and a drawing will be held for a blood glucose monitor.

Weight loss group to meet

March 10, 2010 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.Jennifer Coleman, WRMC’s registered dietitian, will be there to talk about lifestyle changes concerning nutrition, followed by a question and answer session, said Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the White River Surgery Clinic (formerly known as North Arkansas Center for Surgical Weight Control). For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

2nd Friday to feature music

March 10, 2010 The 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk celebrates the coming of spring with two outstanding musical events on Friday, said Paula Grimes, Main Street Batesville executive director.


March 10, 2010 Ed Lee, a Democrat who is running for constable of Ruddell township, lists an address of 650 Bethesda Road, Batesville.Gloria Galloway, a candidate for the Democratic central committee, lists an address of 100 Oak Grove Road, Batesville.Also, incorrect information was provided to the Guard regarding the Gainesboro constable incumbent. The incumbent is Melvin McGill. He faces no opposition in the upcoming primary.

Account opened

March 10, 2010 An account has been opened at First Community Bank to help with funeral expenses for 28-year-old Cristopher Wood who was found dead Tuesday afternoon at his home in Desha. According to his mother, Dorothy Wood, his body has been sent to the crime lab for cause of death. Dorothy Wood said her son had not been feeling well for sometime.