Izard County reports arrests

February 1, 2010 A Melbourne man has been arrested for taking money from a local grocery store, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Charles Nathan Champ, 30, of Melbourne was arrested Jan. 26. He is accused of taking more than $10,000 from a business where he was employed. He posted a $5,000 bond and was released from the Izard County jail.In other arrests:• Bobby Dale Gibson, 54, of Violet Hill was arrested Thursday for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a chemical test and first-degree assault. Gibson remains in jail on a hold from Newton County.

Society announces contest for students

February 1, 2010  The Independence County Historical Society will host two essay contests, one for junior high students and the other for senior high students in Independence County.“We want to help students learn some of the fascinating local history that usually escapes notice in the classroom,” said Dr. George Lankford, historical society president. “So we are inviting both junior high and high school students, whether or not they are currently taking history courses, to write a brief essay on some event that changed their family, their community, or the county in some way.”

Victim identified

February 1, 2010 A woman pulled from a burning home at 20 Macedonia Road Thursday afternoon has been identified as 42-year-old Molly Tunstall.Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said due to privacy laws associated with medical facilities it took a while for authorities to learn Tunstall’s identity.Bittle said Tunstall was transported to the burn unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock with burns to approximately 50 to 80 percent of her body.At last report, she was reported to be in stable condition, according to Bittle.

Cash seeks re-election

February 1, 2010 Bill Cash has announced he is seeking re-election as justice of the peace, District 9, of the Independence County Quorum Court in the May Democratic primary.District 9 covers west Batesville from Poke Bayou on the east to Dry Run Creek on the west and north to the Highway 69 bypass.Cash, a lifelong resident of District 9, is completing his 25th year as justice of the peace. He serves on several quorum court committees, including budget, law enforcement, solid waste and hydroelectric and is a representative on the city of Batesville interlocal committee.

Bowers bows out of race

February 1, 2010 Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers has chosen not to run in the 2010 Democratic Primary for the office of county sheriff, according to an announcement made over the weekend.“I have graduated high school in this county, raised a family, and have had the honor and privilege to serve as your county sheriff for what will be eight years at the end of my current term,” Bowers said in a news release. “I love this county and the people in it. I wish for this county to prosper, and for it to enjoy continued success, especially in the area of law enforcement.

Not many problems reported during snowy, icy conditions

February 1, 2010 So far Flave Carpenter Jr.’s first day as customer service manager for Entergy Arkansas has gone smoothly and so has the weather for electrical crews. While some roadways remain slick and the landscape white with snow across the area today, the winter weather posed no problems for Entergy Arkansas crews in the Batesville area over the weekend, Carpenter told the Guard this morning. “Everything I saw, there were a few outages here and there but nothing (major) to report.”

Sunk

February 1, 2010 Two questioned in sinking of historic steamboat

Friends say goodbye

February 1, 2010 Henry Sandy had spent a good portion of his life on a fire truck. This morning he made his last trip.Friends, family and members of various fire departments gathered at 10 a.m. today to remember Sandy, who died last week while on a fire call.On Tuesday afternoon the 10-year veteran of the Northside Volunteer Fire Department responded to a 911 call about a mobile home fire on East Main Street in Batesville. Sandy was the first to respond and had been on the scene about 20 minutes when he suffered a heart attack.

IRS has new deductions, credits for 2009 taxes

January 29, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — More forms to file. New and expanded credits and deductions.When taxpayers sit down to file their 2009 returns, they will find plenty new — some the result of adjusting for inflation, and others changes passed by Congress last year to try to bring the country out of recession.“Depending on their individual situation, there could be good news and there could be bad news,” said Amy McAnarney, executive director of the Tax Institute at H&R Block.

Beebe declares emergency; snow closures mount

January 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Snow, sleet and freezing rain brought the northern half of Arkansas to a near halt today, leading Gov. Mike Beebe to declare an emergency as most people stayed home to wait out the storm.Roads started freezing as a winter storm built across the state Thursday night. By this morning, roads were slick from De Queen in the southwest to Piggott in the far northeast. Roads in Little Rock were navigable during what would have been rush hour, but with the forecast calling for more wintry precipitation and frozen roads, schools and offices closed across the region.