Power restored to NAEC customers

February 16, 2009 SALEM — North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem announced today that power had been restored, where possible, to all of its customers. In a news release, Mel Coleman, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative chief executive officer, said January’s icy weather was unlike any other the cooperative had experienced.“While it was a trying time for both our employees and members, I feel like we did an outstanding job rebuilding a system that took 70 years to build.”

News of other days

February 5, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 19, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO W.H. Wycough, aged 82, of Fort Worth, Texas, who was one of three surviving members of the first graduating class of Arkansas College in 1876, died at his home Feb. 3, relatives here have been informed. Burial was held yesterday in Fort Smith for the aged Presbyterian minister. Mr. Wycough, who lived in Batesville for 30 years, is survived by his wife; a daughter, Miss Eva Wycough of Fort Worth; three nieces, Misses Agnes and Emma Wycough and Mrs. C.W. Maxfield, all of Batesville. He was also a great-uncle of Mrs. Matthew Phillips of Batesville.

OEM Director voices frustrations at meeting

February 5, 2009 MELBOURNE - The bottled water coming into Izard County on pallets for those needing it is going to be rationed at this point. That's what Dennis Williams told the quorum court members Tuesday night.

Man’s home burns while helping others

February 5, 2009 HORSESHOE BEND - While a man was struggling to provide shelter for others during the ice storm last week, his home burned to the ground. "We lost everything," Tony Baptistia said during a Guard interview Monday. "But we'll rebuild."

Highland rebuilds, looks to future

February 5, 2009 HIGHLAND - One year after a powerful tornado took out much of Highland's business district, city officials are dealing with a different kind of disaster - the aftermath of a major ice storm that caused big problems for the town's sewer system.

Ash Flat suffered heavy damage

February 5, 2009 ASH FLAT - When a tornado ripped through part of Ash Flat and the Highland business district about 7 p.m. one year ago today, Ash Flat was damaged more than most people realized, Mayor Danny Traw and Fire Chief Stacy Horton said.

News of other days

February 4, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 16, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO The Batesville Fire Department answered 16 alarms during January. Total fire loss for the month was $330. Announcement was made today by Dr. W.S. Lacy, president of Arkansas College, that $46,000 of the indebtedness of the Synod of Arkansas for the college has just been paid. Dr. Lacy explained that the amount necessary to make the payments was raised more than a month ago, but he desired for the payment to be actually made before the announcement.

Home looted during storm

February 4, 2009 Displaced by a recent ice storm, a Newark woman returned home Thursday afternoon to discover she had been a victim of more than just nature. Independence County Deputy Duane Grice said he took a report around 12:30 p.m. from Janice Tucker who said her locked house at 6360 Cord Road had been burglarized during the recent power outage.

Residents remain ‘resilient’

February 4, 2009 As many Independence and Sharp County residents work to get their homes and yards back in order following last week's ice storm, many more are still waiting for power to be restored. This morning 800 Entergy Arkansas customers were still without electricity across parts of Independence, Sharp and Izard counties, according to Batesville Entergy customer service manger Les Frensley, who said he hopes that most all Entergy customers will be back on by Friday.

Planners shown architect’s ideas

February 4, 2009 After years of brainstorming and work by city officials and a number of Batesville's citizens, a new comprehensive plan for the city's future growth has been approved by the planning commission to go before the city council for approval and implementation.