Rotary club presents awards

July 8, 2009 The Batesville Rotary Club finished its 2008-09 year by installing officers for 2009-10, as well as honoring several club members for their service during a recent meeting.Mark House of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home was installed as club president, Dwight Ford of First Community Bank as president-elect, Ronald Richardson of White River Health System as secretary, Andy Walmsley of Ameriprise Financial as treasurer and Renee Long of Citizens Bank as sergeant-at-arms.

Fleeing from imaginary officers leads to accident; charges filed

July 8, 2009 A man who believed he was being chased by police and wrecked his truck during the process has been charged with several traffic offenses, but none of them for fleeing.Independence County Deputy Bret Ward said he was dispatched to 210 Shamrock Lane around 11 p.m. Monday after a call was received from a fence owner, Jerry Stephens, saying that someone had driven through the fence and medical help was needed.

Inaugural year ends for 2nd Friday walks

July 8, 2009 The 2nd Friday Wonder and Wander Walk completes its first year this week, with a full slate of activities. Despite some weather-related challenges, the monthly downtown festival has proven to be popular with both locals and visitors, said Paula Grimes, Main Street Batesville executive director, who has coordinated the walk.

Marzewski authors first book

July 8, 2009 As a child, Jason Marzewski struggled with a learning disorder that made school a challenge. To cope, he found solace in words.His father traveled quite a bit for his job, and during that time David Marzewski would make up stories on the airplanes and draw pictures during the meetings. When he’d return home, he had a head full of stories and several pages of drawings for his son. Marzewski hung his pictures on his wall and carried his dad’s stories in his mind.

Inmate on lam

July 8, 2009 An inmate awaiting a bed in a state facility has skipped out after being furloughed by a judge.Sgt. Rick Sheppard with the jail said Bryan David Von Alt, 46, was released on June 30 on furlough by Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp and told to report back to the county jail on July 3, but didn’t return.The address Von Alt was released to was listed as 3065 Bethesda Road, according to Independence County police.

News of other days

July 7, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 18, 1996.

Dry cleaners now open in Batesville

July 7, 2009 A Newport dry cleaning and laundry company has expanded its operation to include a Batesville location.Neighborhood Cleaners, located at 2235 E. St. Louis St. (across from Burger King), is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Bobby Thompson, manager of the Newport store.“We are a drop-off store,” Thompson said. “Customers can drop off their cleaning or laundry one morning, we will take it to our Newport plant and they can pick it up the next day.”

Ozarka College offers child care orientation

July 7, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College will offer a course in child care orientation training (CCOT) in July at the main campus in Melbourne. This training is being offered in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education of the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the University of Arkansas. This program is recommended for child care personnel with little or no training in a child care setting. Graduates from the CCOT course are also eligible to apply for Child Development scholarships applicable for further training offered by Ozarka College.

School board receives update

July 7, 2009 NEWARK — Jack Truemper with Stephens Inc. provided a financial update on the district’s investments and debt at the June 16 Cedar Ridge School Board meeting.

Three hurt in four-vehicle crash

July 7, 2009  A four-truck crash this morning sent three people to White River Medical Center with injuries that Arkansas State Police Trooper David Jones said weren’t believed to be life threatening.Jones said the accident happened around 8 a.m. on Highway 233 (East Main Street) just north of Batesville when a Dodge pickup, going northbound and driven by John Downs II, 49, of Cave City, stopped in the highway and was struck from behind by a Chevrolet pickup driven by 26-year-old Justin Bell of Batesville.