Trees mimic gunfire

January 28, 2009 CALICO ROCK - Pine trees collapsing and bursting from the weight of accumulated ice sound like armies shooting at each other along Gunner Pool Road near Calico Rock, where Jill Easton and her husband, Jim Spencer, live, Easton said.

Thousands without power

January 28, 2009 With the roadways beginning to thaw and the winter precipitation coming to an end from this ice storm, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has begun trading the salt and sand mixture for the manpower needed to remove debris.

News of other days

January 27, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 8, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO W.H. Blevins of Locust Grove, Greenbrier Township, announced informally today that he will make the race for county and probate judge, the same office he sought four years ago. He announced today that he had been solicited by numerous citizens of the county to make the race in the coming primary, and he had thoroughly made up his mind to run again.

Bufford named Citizens president

January 27, 2009 The Citizens Bank board has named Alan Bufford president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Bufford has over 24 years of banking experience including 15 years of service at Citizens Bank. Bufford graduated from Lyon College in Batesville before attending graduate school at Louisiana State University's Banking of the South school in Baton Rouge, La.

WRHS sells home health/hospice services

January 27, 2009 The White River Health System board has approved the sale of the organization's home health and hospice services to Amedisys Home Health Services, according to Gary L. Bebow, WRHS administrator/chief executive officer.

Freezing rain turns into ice

January 27, 2009 So far it's not been bad. That's according to Les Frensley, Batesville customer service manager for Entergy. About 450 customers in the Independence County area were without power this morning, he said, with most outages occurring in Cave City, Newark and Melbourne.

News of other days

January 26, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 7, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO The Dr Pepper bottling plant is being moved back to Newport, A.B. Stamps, manager, said today. The reason for the change is that the company will be granted more territory south and east.

Board appoints Wheelis interim

January 26, 2009 Melbourne - Tina Wheelis has been appointed interim president at Ozarka College, beginning Feb. 27. Current Ozarka President Dusty R. Johnston has accepted the president's position at Vernon College in Texas.

Child held at gunpoint

January 26, 2009 Johanna Noelle Brown said she was giving her 1-year-old son a bath around 10 p.m. Friday when she heard a knock at the door of her west Batesville home. Brown said when she opened the door she saw a black man who then pulled a handgun out of a duffel bag and shoved it in her face, wanting to know if "Daniel" was there.

Suspicious fires under probe

January 26, 2009 The last known address of a man believed connected to several armed robberies in two counties was destroyed by fire early Friday morning, according to Independence County authorities. Sgt. Brent Everett, an investigator with the Independence County Sheriff's Office, said this morning the house at 2318 Batesville Blvd. was the last known address of Ronald Ray Sneed, who is being sought as a person of interest in several armed robberies of convenient stores in the Batesville area and a liquor store in Jackson County.