Thief found asleep inside home where he allegedly stole mower

November 13, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — A 21 year-old Tumbling Shoals man, Cyrus Bond, was charged recently with breaking and entering and theft of property, as well as with public intoxication, according to a news release from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department.Bond is accused of breaking into a residence on Saw Mill Road in the Quitman area.“Bond stole a riding lawn mower from the residence and was later located back at the residence inside the home sleeping,” the release states.

Shriners to discuss banquet

November 13, 2009 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.The group will discuss its upcoming awards banquet, set for Dec. 15.The meal and meeting are open to members and their guests, and potential members.

AHEC helping low-income residents get free prescriptions

November 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) North Central has established a program that is helping residents in the region get free prescription drugs.The program, called the Medication Assistance Program (MAP), is run by specially trained staff that uses new computer software to navigate the more than 150 free drug programs offered by drug companies.

Hillcrest robotics team advances

November 13, 2009 STRAWBERRY — Students from the Hillcrest High School Applied Robotics Designz Inc. team competed and won three awards at the Crowley’s Ridge BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, & Technology) Robotics competition recently at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. The team won second place in the timed robotics competition, second place in the overall BEST competition (which combines all 5 categories) and the Web site Design award.

Izard court seeks corner drug store

November 13, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Corner Drug Store at Melbourne could soon house a 16th Judicial District drug court for Izard and Fulton counties.With a 6-3 vote during a special-called meeting Thursday night, the Izard County Quorum Court agreed to allow County Judge Rayburn Finley to submit an offer for the purchase of the pharmacy at 118 Spring St. on the Melbourne square.The pharmacy, which is relocating, became available for purchase in June.

Abuse of corpse charges filed

November 13, 2009 Three people are being held in the Independence County jail after they were arrested Tuesday for dumping a man’s body in Egner Cemetery Sunday morning. In an affidavit, filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Independence County Detective Robert Moser said the charge of one count each of abuse of a corpse has been filed against 38-year-old James Scoggins of McGough Road; Becky Lambert, 49, of Haynie Drive; and Thomas Haney, 53, of Newport.

News of Other Days

November 12, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 27, 1996.

Jury weighs death penalty in TV anchorwoman case

November 12, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A psychiatrist says the man convicted of killing TV anchorwoman Anne Pressly has a brain that is like a car with bad wiring — sometimes it works and sometime it doesn’t.Jurors found Curtis Lavelle Vance guilty Wednesday in an assault on KATV host Anne Pressly at her Little Rock bungalow on Oct. 20, 2008. The attack shattered her face and sent her into a coma. Pressly never regained consciousness and died five days later.Vance, 29, of Marianna, also was convicted of residential burglary along with rape and theft of property.

Ozarka president anticipates ‘growth phase’

November 12, 2009 MELBOURNE — Community colleges should serve as a stimulus for economic development, Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe told the North Central Arkansas Regional Economic Development board at its recent meeting, which included representatives from Searcy, Stone, Izard, Baxter, Sharp, and Fulton counties. No representatives from Van Buren or Marion counties were in attendance. Dawe said Ozarka was “on the cusp of a growth phase,” which would begin in earnest as the economy continues to get back on track, and aggressive planning for this growth is now under way.

Cornerstone to present programs

November 12, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — Cornerstone Baptist Church will present Family Sunday this Sunday with featured entertainment by The Crumpton Family of Heber Springs.“This popular gospel music family has been an inspiration for hundreds of families during a time when worshiping God as a ‘family’ is more important than ever before in history,” a news release states.