Batesville board meets tonight

August 17, 2009 With classes set to begin on Wednesday, the Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 tonight in the high school cafeteria.Included on the agenda are presentations about the census and the Alert Now Program. Health Awareness awards will be presented to Eagle Mountain Magnet, while new employees for the 2009-10 year will be introduced to the board.Meetings are open to the public. 

Teacher, friend say Baldwin never mentioned deaths

August 17, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — A high school teacher testified Friday that one of the men convicted in the 1993 deaths of three West Memphis boys was a good student who showed no sign of having participated in the brutal killings.Marion High School art teacher Sally Ware testified that Jason Baldwin was a good student who won an art award the week of the killings of Steven Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore.A childhood friend of Baldwin’s, Joseph Samuel Dwyer, said Baldwin never told him or other friends about any involvement in the boys’ deaths.

Post offices reduce hours

August 17, 2009 Two area post offices — at Cave City and Hardy — have new, reduced window hours for the summer, according to Leisa Tolliver-Gay of the Batesville Post Office.The new hours are already in effect and will remain in effect until Oct. 1.Window hours at Cave City are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday of each week and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.The new hours at Hardy are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday of each week and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

Officer makes arrest

August 17, 2009  When his attention was attracted by a vehicle parked at a Moorefield trucking company late Sunday night, Independence County Deputy Chris Toland felt it was worth checking out.Toland said he was patrolling around 11 p.m. when he saw the vehicle, occupied by a man later identified as Bradley L. Smith, 18, of Concord.While talking with Smith, who reportedly said he was waiting to meet a girl, Toland said he noticed a glass in the back seat of the vehicle that might have been used for drinking alcohol and asked Smith to get out of the vehicle.

Melbourne man accused of damaging road grader

August 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne teenager out of jail on bond is back in jail on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Shelby Joe Roddy, 18, was arrested Thursday, accused of damaging an Izard County Road Department grader by throwing a rock through the glass of the cab department. Damage was estimated at $650.

4-H members place at state competition

August 17, 2009 Ten Independence County 4-H’ers were among the more than 500 youth who attended Arkansas State 4-H O-Rama in Fayetteville July 22-24.

Guard now on Facebook, Twitter

August 17, 2009 Want more news updates? Previews of daily headlines? The Batesville Daily Guard is now accessible on Facebook and Twitter, providing details about upcoming events as well as news items in that day’s edition.“You don’t have to be a subscriber to follow us on Twitter,” said J. Ross Jones, Guard photographer/technical support. Guardonline Tweets will include news updates, breaking news and information on upcoming events.

Items taken from homes

August 17, 2009  A home break-in in Floral Thursday netted thieves a coin collection, shotguns and a home safe, according to authorities.Michael Thomas on Floral Road said his home was broken into through a set of sliding glass doors sometime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. According to Thomas, every room in the house had been gone through.

DEA gives summons to coroner

August 17, 2009 When Dallas authorities pulled over a van in June, they found 100 pounds of marijuana inside a casket and the van registered to a local funeral home.Friday, members of the Drug Enforcement Agency served Independence County Coroner Hardy Willis with a summons to appear in Little Rock on Tuesday.Willis told the Guard this morning that he has no idea what he is being summoned for, but believes it has something to do with his report of his van being stolen and the driver arrested with drugs.That driver was William Dale Crock of Cave City.

Judith Lee’s on Main expands

August 17, 2009 Browsing inside Judith Lee’s Antiques and Heirlooms, Kaye Plumlee and Sarah Plumlee can’t help but wonder what the story is behind the big cabinet with the 30 or more pull-out drawers, sitting in the shop’s back corner. “We’re kind of curious what these are and what they might have been used for,” said Kaye, pulling out one of the drawers of the cabinet that looks like it might have been used as a file organizer for an office more than 100 years ago.