Board appoints Wheelis interim

January 26, 2009 Melbourne - Tina Wheelis has been appointed interim president at Ozarka College, beginning Feb. 27. Current Ozarka President Dusty R. Johnston has accepted the president's position at Vernon College in Texas.

Child held at gunpoint

January 26, 2009 Johanna Noelle Brown said she was giving her 1-year-old son a bath around 10 p.m. Friday when she heard a knock at the door of her west Batesville home. Brown said when she opened the door she saw a black man who then pulled a handgun out of a duffel bag and shoved it in her face, wanting to know if "Daniel" was there.

Suspicious fires under probe

January 26, 2009 The last known address of a man believed connected to several armed robberies in two counties was destroyed by fire early Friday morning, according to Independence County authorities. Sgt. Brent Everett, an investigator with the Independence County Sheriff's Office, said this morning the house at 2318 Batesville Blvd. was the last known address of Ronald Ray Sneed, who is being sought as a person of interest in several armed robberies of convenient stores in the Batesville area and a liquor store in Jackson County.

2 captured under mobile

January 26, 2009 MELBOURNE - When Izard County authorities were notified Friday afternoon to be on the lookout for two men and a woman wanted in connection with armed robberies in Independence and Jackson counties, they began developing information that two of the three might be at a residence in Izard County.

News of Other Days

January 23, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 6, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Fifteen arrests, a majority of them for drunkenness, were made by county and city officials over the weekend. Chief of Police Bernard Hinkle nabbed seven drunks Saturday while Sheriff Jake Engles and his deputy, George M. Evans, arrested the others at three roadhouses, one which is six miles south of the city and two which are north of town.

Batesville schools battle against computer virus

January 23, 2009 It is called Downandup, Downadup, Kido!, or Conficker (all the same thing), depending on who you ask. This virus is primarily delivered through infected USB thumb or flash drives. Flash drives are a difficult target to track down. Most people use flash drives to store and/or transfer files. Most computer users have flash drives and they go everywhere with us. We have been asked by many staff and students about how this particular virus works.

Officers called to intervene between husband, wife

January 23, 2009 A Batesville man has found himself facing a number of charges after an argument turned physical with his wife early Wednesday morning. According to a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff's Department, officers were dispatched to a residence on Liberty Lane at about 1 a.m., after 911 dispatch received a phone call in which a man and woman could be heard yelling.

Sharp County man acquitted in sexual assault case

January 23, 2009 ASH FLAT - A Sharp County Circuit Court jury found a 53-year-old man not guilty in a three-year-old second-degree sexual assault case, according to public information in the county and circuit clerk's office.

‘March For Babies’ kickoff under way

January 23, 2009 With support, inspiration and a belief in happy endings, one day all babies will be born healthy. That was the message Thursday night at the March of Dimes annual kick-off celebration held at Kelley-Wyatt's Restaurant in Batesville, where purple and gold balloons lined the tables and a crowd of about 50 people filled the seats.

Chiropractor clubbed for cash

January 23, 2009 As he normally does after a day's work, Dr. Ron Erwin was sitting in his Vine Street office reading the newspaper around 7 p.m. Thursday when he was suddenly confronted by a masked man armed with a club and wanting money.