Charges filed in farm theft

January 20, 2009 Bond has been set at $50,000 for 25-year-old Darrell D. Massey of Batesville who is accused of stealing farm and poultry equipment from a local farm. Independence County Sheriff's Investigator Rob Leonard, in a circuit court affidavit, said the charges stemmed from Aug. 20, 2008 when Linda Moore reported theft of the equipment to Deputy Shawn Stephens.

Seating limited for ‘Hee-Haw’ star’s show at Sidney Baptist

January 20, 2009 SIDNEY - LuLu Roman of "Hee-Haw" fame will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sidney Baptist Church, but church officials say seating is limited. The church sent letters to all of the other churches in its association, and response has been overwhelming, Jim Smith, chairman of deacons, said this morning.

News of other days

January 19, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 31, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO The Bureau of Air Commerce may reopen the investigation of the Goodwin airplane crash, which took place Tuesday, taking the lives of 17 persons. It was revealed that a .38-caliber pistol with only three cartridges in the magazine had been found in the wreckage. Officials said they could not identify the gun as belonging to the pilot or copilot. American Air Line officials said the company does furnish pilots with guns, but they are required to carry pistols.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 19, 2009 Shrine meeting announced Members of the White River Shrine Club will meet Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt's Restaurant in Batesville. The Dutch treat meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:30.

Area Brief

January 19, 2009 BBBS to observe 'Thank Your Mentor Day' Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of North Central Arkansas in Independence County is celebrating National Mentoring Month during January, announced Mary Tucker, partnership specialist.

‘Keepers of the dream’ mark MLK celebration

January 19, 2009 There may not have been stained-glass windows, rows and rows of pews or even a pulpit. But for those attending the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Sunday night, that didn't matter.

45 employees cut from flooring plant

January 19, 2009 MELBOURNE - Forty-five employees learned Friday they no longer had jobs. Columbia Flooring officials notified employees at the Melbourne manufacturing facility that reductions will take place as the company manages production to parallel consumer demand, according to information released from its main headquarters in Danville, Va.

Man dies in jail

January 19, 2009 ASH FLAT - A man arrested for a fifth offense of driving while intoxicated was found dead hours later in his cell in the Sharp County jail, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

3 armed robbers at large

January 19, 2009 Back-to-back armed robberies were reported in two area counties Friday night and may be connected to other armed robberies in the area. The first incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. just as Keri Rogers was on duty and preparing to close the KMACKS convenience store at East Main Street and White Drive in Batesville.

Cedar Ridge coach killed

January 19, 2009 NEWARK - Over 200 people gathered Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil in honor of Steve Cremeens, who died in a car accident over the weekend. Students, faculty and family lined the baselines of the Cedar Ridge softball field to remember a man who touched their lives with his genuine personality and distinct character.