Judge wants land for jail

January 9, 2009 Some 7 acres in downtown Batesville may be used for jail expansion one day. The Independence County Quorum Court Budget Committee met Thursday to discuss the potential purchase of 6.908 acres on West Main and Bean streets, near the county jail. The property was once home to the Batesville Stockyards, which is no longer standing and is listed as the owner, according to Assessor Odus Fulmer.

Felton takes stand in own defense

January 9, 2009 MELBOURNE - Testimony in the trial of a former Izard County Consolidated teacher concluded Thursday with the jurors deliberating only for about an hour before they were dismissed and told to appear this morning at 8:30.

News of other days

January 8, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 12, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Official word was received here Tuesday that Batesville will be given a National Guard Armory and actual work will begin next week, Prior Evans of Company 1, 153rd Infantry, announced today. The armory will be built of native stone at Ninth and Vine streets at a cost of $25,000.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 8, 2009 Couples' counseling offered LITTLE ROCK - Retrouvaille, a program for couples in stressed or hurting marriages, is beginning a new session with the weekend phase on Feb. 20-22 at St. John's Center, 2500 North Tyler in Little Rock.

Area Briefs

January 8, 2009 Election panel to meet The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the basement of the county courthouse to do maintenance on and prepare the voting machines for storage until the next election.

Lyon Web site gets makeover

January 8, 2009 Lyon College has launched a newly redesigned Web site that will better fit the needs of future students, current students, alumni and parents. The new site, www.lyon.edu, features more photos, news and announcements, event dates and an online application as well as information about the college itself, admission and financial aid, campus life, academics, athletics, alumni and campus resources.

Banquet speaker selected

January 8, 2009 Chamber to hold 90th annual event The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 90th annual Banquet Feb. 16 in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus.

State rests

January 8, 2009 MELBOURNE - All four charges related to voyeurism were dropped Wednesday in the sex case against a former Izard County Consolidated teacher, and 21 additional felonies remain. The state rested Wednesday and the defense will begin presenting its witnesses today.

Local police kept busy in 2008

January 8, 2009 2008 was a year of high profile crimes for the Independence County Sheriff's Office. January: At approximately 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1 officers responded to 851 Camp Tahkodah Road where they found 32-year-old Serafin M. Escoto lying in a pool of blood and showing no pulse. His wife, Elizabeth Escoto, 27, was next to his side.

News of other days

January 7, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 10, 1996. 74 YEARS AGO R.C. Adams, age 95, of Oil Trough died Saturday morning at 6 o'clock at his home following an illness of the past year. Mr. Adams, a farmer, had made his home at Oil Trough during the entire period of his life.