Gift helps expand educational, outreach program at museum

October 27, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum is not just a place to visit — it touches communities it serves through programs that reach and teach youngsters about pioneer ways and pioneer days, Charles Barnett, treasurer of the board, said Saturday during the anouncement of a major giftThanks to the gift from the Kathleen Barnes and Fonteen Simmons Trust Fund handled by Citizens Bank of Batesville, its educational outreach can touch twice as many as before, he said.

News of Other Days

October 26, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 6, 1996.

Law firm is burglarized; gun stolen

October 26, 2009  A gun was reported stolen from a Batesville law firm Wednesday night, according to a report filed by Independence County Deputy Ben Keener.Sheila Rutledge, an employee with Blankenship Law Firm at 157 N. Broad St., said she arrived for work Thursday morning to discover a side door to the office building had been kicked in and she went back to her car and called 911.Keener said no one was found during a check of the building; however, Rutledge said a gun belonging to Leroy Blankenship was missing from a rear office.

Police say Oil Trough man was Tased for making threats

October 26, 2009 Found hiding in a closet at his home, a 23-year-old Oil Trough man who had reportedly fled from police earlier in the day was Tased and sprayed with a pepper spray after he refused to be handcuffed Saturday night.Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson said around 10:40 p.m. he and deputies Michael Darr and Charles Moss responded to a disturbance call at 69 Nelse St. in Oil Trough where Jonathan Crockett was reportedly causing problems.

Cook to celebrate 90th birthday

October 26, 2009 Bessie Jane Cook will celebrate her 90th birthday with a drop-in reception for family and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at 15 Chamblee Circle south of Batesville. Refreshments will be served.She requests no gifts but donations can be made to Caring Hands Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Spragins recognized for BBBS support

October 26, 2009 Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas has selected Big Sister Hope Spragins as Big of the Month, according to Callie Slade, BBBS mentor specialist.North Central Arkansas covers Batesville, Newport, Conway and Russellville.“When Hope became a Big Sister she chose to serve in the school-based program where she spends at least one hour a week with her Little, Madeline George, at school,” Slade said.Madeline is a fourth-grader at Eagle Mountain Elementary in Batesville.

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

October 26, 2009 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met Tuesday at Batesville Country Club.Noreen Trentini, queen mother, opened the meeting by introducing the new manager of the country club, Dennis Headrick, along with his staff, head chef Jeanette Cooper, luncheon chef Sandy Conway, assistant chef Carrie Queen, server Jessica Mayham and event coordinator John Bates.

Armed felon arrested at local convenience store

October 26, 2009 An armed Newport man whom police say is a convicted felon was arrested at a local convenience store early Saturday morning as he slept in his car with a shotgun by his side.Sgt. Randal Sterling with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said officers were dispatched to the Exxon station at the top of Ramsey Mountain around 4 a.m. after getting a call that an armed man was asleep in a car at the business. The man was later identified as Damon Ray McAdams, 38, of Newport, according to Sterling.

Independence inmate faces Baxter Co. charges

October 26, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — A Calico Rock man has been brought from Independence County to the Baxter County jail on outstanding warrants of arrest for breaking or entering and felony theft.According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, on July 23 sheriff’s deputies took a report from 19 Wild Fern Trail that a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle, a helmet and some riding boots had been stolen from the residence. These items were valued at $6,400.

Band to feature ‘The Who,’ hosts regional assessment

October 26, 2009 Keith Matthews was a sophomore and a member of the Pioneer band the last time the regional marching band assessment was held at Batesville High School in 1990.On Nov. 2 when the Batesville High band takes the field at Pioneer Stadium as host of the 2009 Region VIII Marching Assessment, the Batesville alumnus and director of bands will know what his students are feeling as they, along with more than a dozen other high school bands from across the area, face judges from West Memphis, Conway and Harmony Grove Benton high schools.