Off the Beaten Path selects artists

April 8, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour has selected three new studios for the 2009 event, which will take place Sept. 18-20. The new additions to the tour are Carolyn’s Riverside Studio, Our Friends Photography and Whispers from the Woods Studio.

Officer, two others sent to hospital

April 8, 2009 A sheriff’s detective and two men involved in a high speed pursuit ended up in the emergency room of White River Medical Center Monday afternoon.Detective Alan Cockrill was injured when he joined drug task force agent John Scarbrough in the pursuit of a white pickup truck in the Pfeiffer area north of Batesville, according to Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers.

UACCB sets date for Kids’ College

April 8, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Division of Community and Technical Education will offer Kids’ College in July.Fun Kids’ College is a summer enrichment program designed to spark the imagination and expand the knowledge of children, according to a news release. Classes for grades 1-3 will be July 13-17 and classes for grades 4-6 will be July 17-24. Classes will meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Students will participate in activities that combine fun, creativity and learning.

Business sign ordered down

April 8, 2009 It’s OK for Alice Artis to have a business in her home at 333 Ramsey St., but it isn’t OK to have a sign advertising it. According to members of the Batesville Board of Adjustment, Artis lives in a historical-residential district that allows for the business but not the Alice’s Boutique sign. She has been ordered to remove it from the front of her home.“The city got a complaint of a sign at a residence at 333 Ramsey St. and that is a code violation,” Chad McClure, code enforcement officer for the city, told the board Monday night.

Family feud continues

April 8, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — The family feud may still be on.A long-running dispute between members of the Olmstead family in Heber Springs looked as if it were ending with the mid-March attempted murder trial of 57-year-old Dwight Olmstead, but family members on opposite sides of the feud are now trying to get appointed as county coroner.Dwight and his father, Tom Olmstead, were both shot in a struggle over a gun on Feb. 17, 2007, at the family’s funeral home business in Heber Springs.

News of other days

April 7, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 18, 1996.73 YEARS AGO

Homes burglarized; shoplifting reported

April 7, 2009  Two homes were recently burglarized and electronic equipment was stolen.Don Hastings of Batesville reported two Hewlett Packard digital cameras, a Sony video camera and a modified competition Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun stolen from an upstairs bedroom of his home.According to Hastings, it is believed entry to the home was made through the back door, but he didn’t have any suspects.In another burglary incident, Juanita Thompson of Magness said someone stole her new Dell computer while she was at work March 27.

Credit card fraud warrants issued

April 7, 2009  Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Floral woman accused of felony theft of a credit card and checkbook, fraudulent use of a credit card and attempted forgery, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.In the affidavit Bittle said that on Feb. 12, Nancy Young reported her credit card and checkbook had been stolen while she was giving Mary L. Page, 36, of Floral, a ride to do some shopping.

Trimble House gets donation

April 7, 2009 CALICO ROCK — Calico Rock businessman and Izard County Justice of the Peace Jim Simmons recently donated $250 to be used in the relocation and restoration of the historic Trimble House in Calico Rock. Simmons is the owner/operator of Advantage Refrigeration. He has issued a challenge to all area businesses to match his donation to help move the project forward.