Farm accident claims life

January 21, 2009 A farming accident claimed the life of an Oil Trough man Tuesday morning when his clothing apparently became entangled in the moving parts of a piece of machinery. The body of 44-year-old Russell Davis was found near a running tractor and spreader machine by an employee who came to check on him around noon.

Downed computers now running

January 21, 2009 Batesville School District computers had been down due to a computer virus, but they are now running smoothly. Debbie Miller, director of curriculum and instruction, said at the school board meeting Monday that representatives from the state Department of Education came to the school and "stayed with us the whole week and that's just about unheard of. We didn't realize we had the infection."

News of Other Days

January 20, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 1, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO If the veterans bonus bill now pending in Congress is passed, Independence County veterans will collect $298,258.20, according to an estimate made in Washington.

Warrants issued

January 20, 2009 Two women have been arrested for cashing checks on a Batesville woman's account, and now felony charges have been filed against a Little Rock man who allegedly provided them with the checks they were forging.

Charges filed in farm theft

January 20, 2009 Bond has been set at $50,000 for 25-year-old Darrell D. Massey of Batesville who is accused of stealing farm and poultry equipment from a local farm. Independence County Sheriff's Investigator Rob Leonard, in a circuit court affidavit, said the charges stemmed from Aug. 20, 2008 when Linda Moore reported theft of the equipment to Deputy Shawn Stephens.

Seating limited for ‘Hee-Haw’ star’s show at Sidney Baptist

January 20, 2009 SIDNEY - LuLu Roman of "Hee-Haw" fame will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sidney Baptist Church, but church officials say seating is limited. The church sent letters to all of the other churches in its association, and response has been overwhelming, Jim Smith, chairman of deacons, said this morning.

News of other days

January 19, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 31, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO The Bureau of Air Commerce may reopen the investigation of the Goodwin airplane crash, which took place Tuesday, taking the lives of 17 persons. It was revealed that a .38-caliber pistol with only three cartridges in the magazine had been found in the wreckage. Officials said they could not identify the gun as belonging to the pilot or copilot. American Air Line officials said the company does furnish pilots with guns, but they are required to carry pistols.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 19, 2009 Shrine meeting announced Members of the White River Shrine Club will meet Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt's Restaurant in Batesville. The Dutch treat meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:30.

Area Brief

January 19, 2009 BBBS to observe 'Thank Your Mentor Day' Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of North Central Arkansas in Independence County is celebrating National Mentoring Month during January, announced Mary Tucker, partnership specialist.

‘Keepers of the dream’ mark MLK celebration

January 19, 2009 There may not have been stained-glass windows, rows and rows of pews or even a pulpit. But for those attending the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Sunday night, that didn't matter.