Upgrades planned

August 7, 2009 Having one Independence County Library card will soon be like having 10 or more.With member Sandy Barnett absent, the Independence County Library board voted unanimously Thursday to partner with Arkansas’ Library Development District 2, to allow Independence County Library cardholders the option of checking out books at other libraries in an 18-county area.

Tip leads to arrest

August 7, 2009  An anonymous tip to the Independence County Sheriff’s investigations office Thursday morning has led to the arrest of a woman wanted for attempted first degree murder.Darlene D. Siau, 24, was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop on Highway 69 near Mitchell Road in the Cushman area around 11:30 a.m., according to sheriff’s investigator, Lt. Brenda Bittle.

Siau arrested for shooting

August 6, 2009 A Batesville woman was arrested for attempted murder after she allegedly shot a man in the face Wednesday morning.Police say Darlene Denise Siau, 24, is being held in the reported shooting of 52-year-old Michael Wade Bailey at his home at 520 Ferrell St. in west Batesville around 10:20 a.m.Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Brenda Bittle said this morning that Siau was being held on a first-degree attempted murder warrant and was being interviewed. Officers were reportedly looking for Siau in the Cushman area, where she was captured.

Contestants announced for upcoming pageants

August 6, 2009 The 66th annual White River Water Carnival concludes this weekend, featuring the Miss White River Pageant, White River’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, the Miss Batesville Pageant and Batesville’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. All pageants will be held in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Miss Batesville and Batesville’s Outstanding Teen Pageants will be held. In addition, contestants competing for Miss White River will perform in talent competition.

CC woman’s death under investigation

August 6, 2009 YELLVILLE — Authorities in Marion County are investigating the death of a Cave City woman who died Saturday at Baxter Regional Hospital in Mountain Home.The body of Diana Lynn Preacher Lyons, 27, was sent to the state crime lab for official cause of death, according to Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers.Vickers told the Guard that Lyons was transported by ambulance from a Flippin residence to the hospital where she died.As of this morning Marion County officials had no information from the pending autopsy.

Storage units entered

August 6, 2009 Weekend break-ins and theft of tools top police files from the weekend. Sunday afternoon Charles Wagster reported his storage unit on White Drive broken into and $2,600 worth of tools missing.Wagster told police that sometime between 1 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday, someone had cut the lock off his unit and removed several tool boxes and their contents, as well as a Rigid drill, a Craftsman Sawzall, Dewalt jig saw, two impact wrenches and several socket sets.No suspects were listed in the case.

Maurices holding supply drive

August 6, 2009 Maurices in Batesville is preparing for a school supply drive to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.Donations of school supplies will be taken at 1255 E. Main St. between Sunday and Aug. 15. Those bringing school supplies will receive a 20 percent-off coupon for one regular-priced item for every three school supplies donated, with a maximum of 10 coupons per person.

Tory Thompson receives Tech alumni scholarship

August 6, 2009 RUSSELLVILLE — Tory Thompson of Batesville is among the 12 recipients of an Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Scholarship through the Arkansas Tech Foundation.Scholarship recipients must be entering freshmen with a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. They must also enroll in a minimum of 12 semester hours during the semester of the award and have a minimum composite ACT score of 21.

Woodcarvers set demonstrations

August 6, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Ozark Round Mountain Woodcarvers will be at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers William Carl Garner Visitor Center Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit and demonstration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.Also, Odell and Friends will perform live in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. Odell Jackson has performed in Mountain View and the Ozark Folk Center.The visitor center is located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cedar Ridge seeks nominees

August 6, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District is taking recommendations for students to participate in the Gifted and Talented Program, according to Carol Woods, Gifted and Talented coordinator.Placement can be made in grades 4 through 12.Selection criteria for admission to the program include not only a recommendation, but also teacher and parent rating scales, standardized mental ability and achievement tests for four years, and above average academic record as reflected by grades for four years.