Residents remain ‘resilient’

February 4, 2009 As many Independence and Sharp County residents work to get their homes and yards back in order following last week's ice storm, many more are still waiting for power to be restored. This morning 800 Entergy Arkansas customers were still without electricity across parts of Independence, Sharp and Izard counties, according to Batesville Entergy customer service manger Les Frensley, who said he hopes that most all Entergy customers will be back on by Friday.

Planners shown architect’s ideas

February 4, 2009 After years of brainstorming and work by city officials and a number of Batesville's citizens, a new comprehensive plan for the city's future growth has been approved by the planning commission to go before the city council for approval and implementation.

News of other days

February 3, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 15, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Judge Dene H. Coleman, Batesville attorney, advised approximately 75 members of the Batesville Charles L. Jenkins Post of the American Legion and Independence County war veterans meeting in the Legion Hut Tuesday to keep their bonus payment bonds for rainy days instead of selling them immediately.

Sneed jailed

February 3, 2009 NEWPORT - A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Jackson County has turned himself in, officials say. Late Sunday afternoon, Ronald Ray Sneed was in custody in Independence County and will face the same charges as two others already incarcerated at Newport, according to Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas.

Darkness continues for many

February 3, 2009 While 1,800 homes are still without power in rural areas this morning, Les Frensley hopes that won't be the case Wednesday afternoon. "We hope to have most everyone on by the end of the day Wednesday," said the customer service manager with Entergy Arkansas.

Base Logistics sees to needs of workers

February 3, 2009 For nearly a week, long convoys of electrical workers from all over the country have been flooding into Batesville to restore power and bring lives back to normal in several nearby rural communities.

Assailant charged with murder

February 3, 2009 ASH FLAT - Christopher Ryan Eagan, 28, of Cave City was charged with second-degree murder Monday in connection with Saturday's shooting death of 23-year-old Vernon "J.W." Humphries, according to public records in the county and circuit clerk's office.

News of other days

February 2, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 14, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Arkansas' Gov. J.M. Futrell failed to become a convert to the Townsend old age pension plan today, he announced after a conference with organizers who had called at the executive office. The two organizers said they went to the Capitol to pay their respects and not to convert him to their plans.

Beebe gets political bargain

February 2, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - In a crummy economy, Mike Beebe managed to find a pretty good bargain. For $3,238, he bought himself plenty of favorable headlines and possibly some goodwill among voters. He also bought a a fair share of private grumbling and accusations of grandstanding.

Icy ‘blessing’ Families, electrical crews find shelter at Quail Valley

February 2, 2009 Penelope Kourakis had heard the expression "he would give the shirt off his back," but it never seemed to be anything more than an expression. That was until Friday when Chris Chandler, of John 3:16 Ministries, gave her his sweatshirt because she was cold inside the Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church gymnasium.