Family & Friends Briefs

January 12, 2009 Drama company coming to town The New Life Drama Company will present a free drama workshop and presentation at Jubilee Family Church in Batesville this weekend. The workshop schedule is as follows:

Drug arrests made by Izard County authorities

January 12, 2009 MELBOURNE - Drug charges have been brought against an Oxford woman and Williford man in separate cases, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Angela Maria Sherrell, 23, of Oxford was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday on two counts of possessing a controlled substance and one count of possessing an instrument of crime. Sherrell posted a $3,565 bond mid-afternoon that day and was released from jail.

Planning commission ties up loose ends

January 12, 2009 With two members absent and one vacant seat on both the Batesville city board of adjustment and planning commission, the city business that was put on hold a week ago Monday night was finished Thursday night.

Sex offender fails to register

January 12, 2009 Police are looking for a convicted sex offender who has failed to register his new home address as required by federal law. In an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Clerk's Office, Lt. Brenda Bittle said the sheriff's department has had a problem keeping up with Robert D. McCoy for several months.

Lab found

January 12, 2009 ASH FLAT - A tip from a woman suspected of trying to cash a forged check at a Highland business led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab in a burned-out house in Cherokee Village, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

87-year-old scares man

January 12, 2009 Altha Rider usually keeps a .38 pistol by her bedside. Thursday night, the 87-year-old woman was ready to use it. It wasn't long after Rider went to bed Thursday night that someone tried to kick in the front door of her home at 65 Brushy Road, she told an officer, whom she met at the carport door with pistol in hand.

Recreational task force formed

January 12, 2009 A task force worked well for the community's economic development needs, and now another group of volunteers are hoping for success in another area: Recreation. Greg Mohlke explained that recreation and the facilities to support recreation are an integral part of economic development in any community. Realizing that, a group of concerned citizens has formed the Moving Batesville Forward Recreational Facilities Task Force.

Former teachers gets time, fine

January 12, 2009 MELBOURNE - Six months and a $180,000 fine. That was the decision handed down Saturday morning after jurors had spent five days listening to testimony and finding a former teacher guilty on 16 felony counts of engaging in sexual misconduct with students.

Breaking news: Brock Felton case

January 9, 2009 Former Izard County Consolidated teacher Brock Felton has been found guilty on 16 counts - 12 counts of sexual indecency with a child and four counts of second-degree sexual assault. There were five counts in which Felton was found not guilty.

News of other days

January 9, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 23, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Eight new members of the board of directors for the Batesville Chamber of Commerce were elected Tuesday. They are Homer Fox, Phil Deal, A.L. Crouch Jr., Will Devall, Medford O'Neal, Cleo Wann, Paul F. Wright and G.E. Yeatman.