Jewelry, electronics taken in home theft

March 3, 2009 A Batesville family arrived home Monday afternoon to find their door kicked in and valuables missing, according to a report filed with Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins.Jose Anvore of 220 West Pine St. told Collins that his family had left home around 5:45 a.m. and he discovered the break-in when he returned around 4:30 p.m.Collins said the back door had been kicked in and showed a footprint just above the door lock and a portion of the door frame was lying in the kitchen.

Drugs, gun found during traffic stop

March 3, 2009 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a man stopped for expired temporary car tags, according to a court affidavit filed by sheriff’s detective Jeff Sims.In the document, Sims said that around 7 p.m. on Feb. 24, Deputy Ernie Gillihan stopped Nathan Allen Steele, 30, of 1451 E. Oriole St., in the parking lot of Dodd Sign Company on Harrison Street for displaying an expired temporary tag on his Dodge pickup.Gillihan said when he stopped Steele and approached the truck he could smell marijuana, and then Steele told him his driver’s license was suspended.

Travel guide being offered

March 3, 2009 The 2009 edition of the Ozark Gateway vacation guide has just been published and copies are available to the public free of charge, according to Cathy Drew, executive director of the non-profit organization. “The full-color magazine is packed with vacation destination ideas, historic locations, shopping trips, outdoor adventures, restaurant guides and more,” she adds. The 48-page booklet also includes feature articles about the Gateway area, including Independence, Stone, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties.

Man passes fire truck, goes to jail

March 3, 2009 A man who said he would rather go to jail than get a ticket for passing a fire truck got his wish Friday afternoon, according to Independence County Deputy Michael Anderson.Anderson said he was dispatched to a fire at 135 Brewer Hill Road around 2:30 p.m. where firefighters told him they had been passed by a white Chevrolet van while they were responding to the fire.

Area Briefs

March 3, 2009 Highland treehouse under fire from zoning commission

Officials cite economic reasons for shutdown

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — A total of 204 workers were notified Monday by Columbia Flooring officials of the Melbourne plant’s intention to close, but the officials said the plant could reopen if the economy improves.Employees at the manufacturing facility were told the plant will close for an undefined period of time beginning in early May.Columbia, a manufacturer of hardwood flooring, reduced its work force at the Melbourne facility and at other locations in January as part of an ongoing effort to align production capacity with consumer demand, according to a news release.

Boyfriend claims sick girlfriend needs food

March 3, 2009 A formal third offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as residential burglary, has been filed against a Magness man, which garnered him a $150,000 bond, according to an Independence County court affidavit filed by sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.The charges against Jason Chad Hall, 25, of 169 Brittany St., stemmed from an incident on Feb. 14 in which Hall reportedly broke into a residence in Oil Trough to steal food for his sick girlfriend.

Guard promotes NIE

March 3, 2009 Imagine having a living textbook in the classroom, allowing students to read about history as it is happening. More and more students are getting that chance, thanks to Newspapers in Education programs.Newspapers are used in classes as a teaching tool at all grade levels and in all subject areas. The Batesville Daily Guard is one of approximately 950 newspapers in the United States and around the world that offer NIE programs.

Molding students

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — Maggie Caraway was never much on art, until she signed up for Connie Roberts’ class at Melbourne High School.Caraway was one of several students delving into the wet, squishy clay recently as the school hosted Peter Lippincott, an artist in residence from Fort Smith.Each student selected a lump of clay and began forming bowls, mugs, vases, cups, cylinders and other works of art with their hands and use of a potter’s wheel. The pieces were dried, then placed in the kiln for firing, after which the glaze was added and fired once again.