New county flood maps to go into effect

February 26, 2010 DENTON, Texas — Independence County residents and business owners who do not have flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect., said Tony Russell, regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.New flood maps become effective March 17.The new flood insurance rate maps show locations of the 1 percent and .02 percent floodplains and floodways, which indicate possible flooding risks for residences and businesses.

Correction: Taylor victim, not suspect

February 26, 2010 An article in Thursday’s Guard incorrectly listed Jessan Aaron Taylor  as a suspect, when he was the victim, in an incident that took place at McDonald’s. According to a report filed by Officer Ernie Gillihan, the caller said two men in a silver Chevrolet Impala had pulled through the window and pulled a gun.The two men arrested were Nicholas D. Guzman and Keith A. Ostrander of 511 Ferrell St. No gun was found by the officers.

Nix announces

February 26, 2010 EVENING SHADE — Kathy Nix of Evening Shade has announced she is seeking re-election as Sharp County assessor.Nix has obtained a designation as a Level 4 appraiser from the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department and serves as Floodplain Admin-istrator for Sharp County. She served as president of the Arkansas Assessors Association and is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers and also of the Arkansas chapter of the same organization.

Adler announces Green Party candidacy

February 26, 2010 Batesville resident Kenton Adler has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress from Arkansas District 1. Representing the Green Party, Adler will square off against Democrat and Republican candidates for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Rep. Marion Berry. It will be the first time the Arkansas Green Party has fielded a candidate in this district.

Visit nets arrest

February 26, 2010 After drugs, a large sum of money and a gun were reported found in her bedroom, a Dry Run Circle woman remains in the Independence County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, according to a court affidavit filed by John Scarbrough with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force of Independence County.

Couple jailed

February 26, 2010 A Locust Grove couple has been arrested following a police raid of their home Thursday morning, according to a press release from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Linda Marie Melton, 57, and Tommy Joe Melton, 55, of 1915 Jamestown Loop were arrested during the search which came after local authorities said they had gotten several complaints of drug dealing going on at the residence.

Women part of Disney early history

February 26, 2010 They’re now grown and gone, but the magic still remains.Sandy Taylor of Batesville and Sabra Elmer of Newport were Disney fans long before “the happiest place on Earth” would become a household name.———Elmer worked at Walt Disney World for six months in 1973, at first in a specialty shop inside Cinderella’s Castle, and later one of the magic shops.

Farm wives, FDR led to rural electrification

February 26, 2010 Farm wives between 50 and 60 years ago played a pivotal role in bringing electric power to rural Arkansas.While not central to the development of the Rural Electrification Act — the brainchild of President Franklin D. Roosevelt — it was the farm wives who quickly saw the labor-saving potential of electrical appliances and formed the backbone of the Arkansas program, Rob Roedel, manager of corporate communications for Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, told an audience recently at Old Independence Regional Museum.

Cop arrested in teen’s bedroom

February 25, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — A 48-year-old Searcy police officer who worked as a school resource officer has been arrested in the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl.Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says state police agents were waiting in the room when Hamilton Riley entered through a window about 1 a.m. Tuesday and arrested him for felony first-degree sexual assault.

Former prosecutor pleads not guilty to drug counts

February 25, 2010 SHERIDAN (AP) — A former prosecutor who served nearly a decade in prison for drug and corruption convictions has pleaded not guilty to drug distribution charges.Dan Harmon entered his plea Tuesday in Sheridan, where he allegedly provided hydrocodone and morphine, and was caught in an undercover operation. The 65-year-old Harmon could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. He is being held on $100,000 bond.