Arrests made in break-ins

December 19, 2008 Two people are in custody and possibly facing federal charges for their alleged part in a rash of multi-county post office break-ins. Jimmy Hooper, 29, and his wife Christa Hooper, 23, who live at 2560 E. Main St. were arrested Thursday following an extensive investigation by Independence, Sharp, Stone and Fulton County authorities.

Missing woman not found in pond

December 19, 2008 NEWARK - A small farm pond off Fourth Street in Newark does not contain the body of a woman who has been missing for a week. Independence County authorities said this morning they did not find the body of 31-year-old Jennye L. Davis, who disappeared in the area near the pond on Dec. 12.

Walmart heads up Shop With A Cop

December 19, 2008 A total of 51 children turned out for the Shop With a Cop night after Walmart teamed up with the Independence County Sheriff's Office for Thursday evening's event. Batesville Walmart store manager Brenda Bullard and Sheriff Keith Bowers paired 51 area children up with local police, fire and emergency medical personnel for some Christmas shopping.

News of other days

December 18, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 1, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Andrew S. Gilbreath, a member of County Line Lodge 373 of Fulton County, arrived and officially took charge as superintendent of the Masonic Home here Monday. Mrs. Gilbreath was elected as assistant superintendent.

Family & Friends Briefs

December 18, 2008 Calico Rock cookbook arrives CALICO ROCK - The Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce community cookbook has arrived. "Hometown Hand-me Downs" is the name of the cookbook that contains favorite recipes of Calico Rock's current cooks as well as many of their ancestors' and relatives' favorite recipes.

Music studio holds recital

December 18, 2008 Saturday evening Weston Music Studio celebrated the coming holiday season with a recital featuring Christmas and "Teamwork." On stage in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus, 47 performers grouped mostly in small piano duet teams, and vocal duos, trios and quartets, performed for a large community audience of family and friends.

Arson ruled in early morning car fire

December 18, 2008 Police say an early morning fire that destroyed a car and partially damaged a residence at 2665 Neeley St. just after midnight Tuesday was an act of arson. Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan and the Batesville Fire Department were sent to the home of Cardona Reyes where a car sitting under a carport was on fire.

Law enforcement plans crackdown during holidays

December 18, 2008 Little Rock - The Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office today announced a coordinated law enforcement operation which will commit significant resources toward arresting drunk drivers during the coming holidays.

Area Briefs

December 18, 2008 Trash to be picked up Friday The Independence County Solid Waste Division will be picking up Tuesday's trash and recycling routes on Friday. Correction The correct name for massage therapist

Newark man’s death ruled suicide

December 18, 2008 The death of a 58-year-old Newark man at his home Tuesday afternoon was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Independence County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Chris Toland said he was dispatched to 419 E. South St. around 4:40 p.m. regarding a possible suicide and was met at the door of the home by Karen L. Martin, who said her husband was in the back bedroom.