Family & Friends Briefs

January 8, 2009 Couples' counseling offered LITTLE ROCK - Retrouvaille, a program for couples in stressed or hurting marriages, is beginning a new session with the weekend phase on Feb. 20-22 at St. John's Center, 2500 North Tyler in Little Rock.

Area Briefs

January 8, 2009 Election panel to meet The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the basement of the county courthouse to do maintenance on and prepare the voting machines for storage until the next election.

Lyon Web site gets makeover

January 8, 2009 Lyon College has launched a newly redesigned Web site that will better fit the needs of future students, current students, alumni and parents. The new site,, features more photos, news and announcements, event dates and an online application as well as information about the college itself, admission and financial aid, campus life, academics, athletics, alumni and campus resources.

Banquet speaker selected

January 8, 2009 Chamber to hold 90th annual event The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 90th annual Banquet Feb. 16 in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus.

State rests

January 8, 2009 MELBOURNE - All four charges related to voyeurism were dropped Wednesday in the sex case against a former Izard County Consolidated teacher, and 21 additional felonies remain. The state rested Wednesday and the defense will begin presenting its witnesses today.

Local police kept busy in 2008

January 8, 2009 2008 was a year of high profile crimes for the Independence County Sheriff's Office. January: At approximately 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1 officers responded to 851 Camp Tahkodah Road where they found 32-year-old Serafin M. Escoto lying in a pool of blood and showing no pulse. His wife, Elizabeth Escoto, 27, was next to his side.

News of other days

January 7, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 10, 1996. 74 YEARS AGO R.C. Adams, age 95, of Oil Trough died Saturday morning at 6 o'clock at his home following an illness of the past year. Mr. Adams, a farmer, had made his home at Oil Trough during the entire period of his life.

Year end’s results to affect county in 2009

January 7, 2009 Library millage tax, a solid waste fee, and the economic development sales tax led the list of controversial improvements for the Independence County Quorum Court in 2008. Monday night's meeting marked a fresh era for several districts in Independence County with new representation for justice of the peace. The effects of ordinances passed in 2008 will begin to take their course in the 2009 calendar year. Eighty-seven years of experience and service will be absent from the court in the coming year: Orville Arms, 24 years; Robert Cuzzort, 16; James Darmstaedter, 14; Charles Barnett, 12; David McIntosh, 10; Mike Hatfield, six; James McLean, four; and Keith Harmon, less than one.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 7, 2009 White River Shrine Club honors local men The White River Shrine Club held its annual awards banquet Dec. 17 at the Batesville Country Club. Awards were presented by club president Hank Rivers for outstanding community leadership, outstanding Shriner, and a law enforcement officer was honored for the fourth quarter.

Area Briefs

January 7, 2009 Party plans to be discussed SOUTHSIDE - Parents of the Southside High School seniors will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school library to discuss plans for a drug-free party. For more information call Brenda Riley at (870) 307-2056, Debbie Mize at (870) 251-2098 or Lisa Matthews at (870) 834-3196.