Area warned of sex offender

June 15, 2009 MELBOURNE — A registered sex offender who was recently released from prison is now living at HC 82 Box 15 (Shadow Gate Road) in Violet Hill, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Palmer Lee Ward was convicted in 1999 for first-degree sexual abuse involving an 11-year-old girl. In addition to the sexual abuse charge, Lawrence said Ward has violent criminal offenses involving the use of a deadly weapon. Lawrence said a sex offender notification has been hand delivered to residences within a half-mile radius of Ward’s residence.

Batesville has state’s first court

June 15, 2009 The state’s first DWI court is up and running in Batesville.Last week, the Independence County Quorum Court heard from District Judge Chaney Taylor about the implementation of Arkansas’ first DWI Court, which began June 1. A DWI Court Team, consisting of a prosecutor, defense attorney, coordinator, law enforcement, screener/evaluator, probation/community supervision and treatment professionals, was assembled in 2008 and attended training in Newport Beach, Calif., last March.

Storm destroys emergency radio tower

June 15, 2009 All emergency communications in the western portion of Independence County were knocked out when a storm destroyed a radio tower on Brock Mountain early Saturday morning.Office of Emergency Management 911 coordinator Will Floyd said this morning that apparently a year of hard weather had taken its toll on the tower, which was completely destroyed.

News of other days

June 12, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 25, 1996.

Annual trout tournament set for June 27 at Guion

June 12, 2009 GUION — The Wilson Creek Sportsman Club’s annual trout tournament at Guion will be June 27, according to a news release.The tournament starts at 8 a.m. Weigh-in is 3 p.m.Lunch will be served.Cash prizes will be awarded, including a jackpot for the largest trout.The entry fee is $25 per person.For more information call (870) 307-1994 or (870) 291-6000.

Prison inmate found dead

June 12, 2009 TUCKER (AP) — An inmate at the state prison system’s Tucker Unit who was found hanging in his cell has died.Prisons spokeswoman Dina Tyler says guards found 48-year-old Jessie Garcia unresponsive inside a single-man cell at 7:20 a.m. Friday. Tyler says Garcia apparently wrapped cloth around his neck and through bars on his cell door, then sat down.Tyler says guards saw Garcia awake and talking around 7 a.m. She says Garcia had not threatened suicide, but suffered from seizures and mental illness and went to the prison’s infirmary Thursday night.

Southside honors Foley, approves projects

June 12, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Middle School Principal Joe Franks has resigned as principal but will continue with the district, following a board meeting Monday night.After a short executive session, the board voted to accept a letter of resignation/request for reassignment, effective June 30. Franks has requested reassignment as a classroom teacher.The board also recognized Superintendent Dan Foley for his 20 years of service to the district and presented him with a plaque and a gas grill. Foley is retiring June 30.

Hitting squirrel trap leads to jail time

June 12, 2009 When Tony Lee McComb allegedly hit Orville Elumbaugh’s homemade squirrel trap, maybe he shouldn’t have done it when Elumbaugh wasn’t home, and maybe he shouldn’t have used a bicycle as a getaway vehicle.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 12, 2009 Rosie to have homecomingROSIE — Rosie Baptist Church will have its homecoming services at 11 a.m. Sunday.A potluck will follow the service. Williams to be honored for birthdayFLORAL — Aileen Williams will celebrate her 80th birthday with a drop-in reception from 2 to 5 p.m. at her home, located at 3660 Camp Tahkodah Road in Floral.All friends and family are invited. Theme set for county fair

Area Briefs

June 12, 2009 New church to hold servicesBeginning on Sunday, Second Chance Full Gospel Church will be having services.Sunday school starts at 10 a.m., followed by worship service at 11. Wednesday Bible study is at 7 p.m.Pastors are Jonathan Martin of Sulphur Rock and Rick Womack of Newark. They said everyone is welcome.The church is the site of the Old Country Church on Griffin Road, just off Indian Springs Road, between Batesville and Gainesboro.For more information, call (870) 291-2929.