Officer makes arrest

August 17, 2009  When his attention was attracted by a vehicle parked at a Moorefield trucking company late Sunday night, Independence County Deputy Chris Toland felt it was worth checking out.Toland said he was patrolling around 11 p.m. when he saw the vehicle, occupied by a man later identified as Bradley L. Smith, 18, of Concord.While talking with Smith, who reportedly said he was waiting to meet a girl, Toland said he noticed a glass in the back seat of the vehicle that might have been used for drinking alcohol and asked Smith to get out of the vehicle.

Melbourne man accused of damaging road grader

August 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne teenager out of jail on bond is back in jail on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Shelby Joe Roddy, 18, was arrested Thursday, accused of damaging an Izard County Road Department grader by throwing a rock through the glass of the cab department. Damage was estimated at $650.

4-H members place at state competition

August 17, 2009 Ten Independence County 4-H’ers were among the more than 500 youth who attended Arkansas State 4-H O-Rama in Fayetteville July 22-24.

Guard now on Facebook, Twitter

August 17, 2009 Want more news updates? Previews of daily headlines? The Batesville Daily Guard is now accessible on Facebook and Twitter, providing details about upcoming events as well as news items in that day’s edition.“You don’t have to be a subscriber to follow us on Twitter,” said J. Ross Jones, Guard photographer/technical support. Guardonline Tweets will include news updates, breaking news and information on upcoming events.

Items taken from homes

August 17, 2009  A home break-in in Floral Thursday netted thieves a coin collection, shotguns and a home safe, according to authorities.Michael Thomas on Floral Road said his home was broken into through a set of sliding glass doors sometime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. According to Thomas, every room in the house had been gone through.

DEA gives summons to coroner

August 17, 2009 When Dallas authorities pulled over a van in June, they found 100 pounds of marijuana inside a casket and the van registered to a local funeral home.Friday, members of the Drug Enforcement Agency served Independence County Coroner Hardy Willis with a summons to appear in Little Rock on Tuesday.Willis told the Guard this morning that he has no idea what he is being summoned for, but believes it has something to do with his report of his van being stolen and the driver arrested with drugs.That driver was William Dale Crock of Cave City.

Judith Lee’s on Main expands

August 17, 2009 Browsing inside Judith Lee’s Antiques and Heirlooms, Kaye Plumlee and Sarah Plumlee can’t help but wonder what the story is behind the big cabinet with the 30 or more pull-out drawers, sitting in the shop’s back corner. “We’re kind of curious what these are and what they might have been used for,” said Kaye, pulling out one of the drawers of the cabinet that looks like it might have been used as a file organizer for an office more than 100 years ago.

Park schedule announced

August 14, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail are as follows:Aug. 216:30 p.m., campground — Pearling and Shelling Industry. White River pearling was a big industry in Jacksonport at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors will see the equipment used by divers and learn how shells were used. Aug. 22

Cedar Ridge starts back next week

August 14, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District students will begin classes Wednesday.The school telephone number is (870) 799-8691, and the facsimile line number is (870) 799-8647. The district Web address is of the administration include Dr. Ann Webb, superintendent; Danny Davis, high school principal; Kathy Magness, Newark elementary campus principal; Mark Gipson, Cord-Charlotte elementary campus principal; and Debbie Goodwin, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

Revered guitar player-inventor Les Paul dead at 94

August 14, 2009 NEW YORK — Musicians worldwide are paying tribute to Les Paul, the music icon whose solid-body electric guitar paved the way for rock ’n’ roll. He died this week at age 94.Paul, a guitar virtuoso, performed with some of early pop’s biggest names and produced a slew of hits, many with wife Mary Ford. But it was his inventive streak that made him universally revered by guitar gods as their original ancestor and earned his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the most important forces in popular music.