City holds health fair

November 11, 2009 The city of Batesville recently hosted its first City Employee Health and Wellness Fair.

Schoolchildren remember veterans

November 11, 2009 A letter proving to Billie Jett of Batesville that appreciation for World War II veterans is still alive in younger generations arrived at her house early Monday, lifting her spirits tremendously.Addressed to her late husband, Bill Jett, it was from a public school student in Oklahoma.

Veterans event set for Saturday

November 11, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte will host its fourth annual Veterans Day appreciation dinner Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.Veterans and their spouses will eat steak, while other guests who attend will have pork loin with all the trimmings.The veterans will stand up and state their names and in which branch they served. They may wear their uniforms, if they choose.

Honoring our Veterans

November 11, 2009 Sam BellerU.S. Army Captain Captain Beller was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kan. and with the U.S. Army Artillery in South Korea. 

News of Other Days

November 10, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 22, 1996.73 YEARS AGO

‘Extreme Makeover’ searching for families

November 10, 2009 HOLLYWOOD — Do you know a family whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover? If so, the producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” want to hear from you. “We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can relate to,” casting director Ashton Ramsey said, explaining that producers are looking for families whose homes desperately need to be rebuilt.

Sex offender arrested: posed as meter reader

November 10, 2009 HOPE (AP) — Authorities in Hope say they’ve arrested a convicted sex offender for posing as a meter reader.Hempstead County deputies and Hope police say a police dog found 24-year-old Lee Harris hiding in a mobile home about seven miles south of Hope. Chief Deputy James Singleton says a resident called police after the man didn’t have proper identification.Authorities say Harris intended to steal a meter so he could turn his electricity on.

Speeder allegedly owns up to drinking beers

November 10, 2009 Stopped for speeding on the White River Bridge early Friday morning, a Batesville man is now facing alcohol-related charges after he allegedly admitted to having “several” beers.Deputy Wayne Green with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said he was on patrol and crossing White River Bridge around 2:20 a.m. when he saw a speeding pickup truck going south on Highway 167. A check by radar showed its speed at 74 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone, according to Green.

Victim is punched in face for asking what man wanted

November 10, 2009 A Batesville man said he was attacked outside his home on lower Main Street around 8 a.m. Wednesday when he went to investigate another man he saw on his property.Daniel Butcher told police that he noticed Cody Wayne Smith, 30, of 1310 College Ave., walking around his yard just before 8 and when he went outside to ask Smith what he wanted, Smith then punched him in the face.

Five people are charged in weekend traffic stops

November 10, 2009  Five people were arrested over the weekend for various traffic violations, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Shortly after noon Friday, Carlos D. Fabela, 26, of Batesville, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and no driver’s license following an accident at Town Plaza Shopping Center.Police say the accident victim, Bonnie L. Frazier, was able to get the number of the car that hit her and Fabela was later arrested at his home.In other reported incidents: