Officers search for van

September 16, 2009 MELBOURNE — Two grandmothers became concerned and called the sheriff’s office after they compared notes about a suspicious van in their neighborhoods that was targeting their grandchildren.Schools and daycare centers in Izard County have been alerted to pay close attention to anyone driving a white van after authorities said they were called with concerns of a possible abduction after the two women reported strangers approaching their grandchildren. One child claims one of the strangers threatened to abduct her.

Convict still on lam

September 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas state prison inmate who previously escaped twice from a county jail apparently pulled out a sheriff’s van window and jumped out of the moving vehicle into a rainstorm, authorities said Tuesday.

News of Other Days

September 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 26, 1996.73 YEARS AGODr. R.F. Cuff, a former professor of English at David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tenn., and at Mercer University, will head the English Department at Arkansas College this year, Dr. W.S. Lacy, college president, has announced. Dr. Cuff will succeed J. Quincy Wolfe Jr., who has been granted a leave of absence to complete work on his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University.

Treasure Island adds programs

September 15, 2009 Treasure Island Gymnastics, a Christian-based facility in Batesville, has expanded its programs to include instruction in competitive gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do, according to instructor Jennifer Caughron, who owns and operates the business with her husband, Steve Caughron.“We now offer non-competitive and competitive gymnastics as well as pre-school tumbling, cheerleading, beginner’s gymnastics,” Jennifer Caughron said recently.

Conway to submit bid to host State Fair

September 15, 2009 CONWAY (AP) — Conway Mayor Tab Townsell is planning to submit a proposal to move the Arkansas State Fair to Faulkner County.The plan involves 455 acres just east of Conway where a dairy farm operates. Townsell says the owners are aware of the plan but have given no indication whether they would agree to sell. The proposal will include two properties adjoining the Simon family’s land that could be considered for future expansion.

Attorney: Don’t do online what you wouldn’t offline Photos, blogs, etc. can lead to being expelled, fired

September 15, 2009 Attorney C.L. Lindsay has some simple advice for Lyon College students and teenagers in general — if you wouldn’t do something offline, don’t do it online.He said he sees it time and time again. Students post photos of themselves or friends engaging in illegal and embarrassing behavior on their blogs or social networking profiles.The results can range from being expelled from school to being fired from a job or even criminal prosecution.

Woman arrested after accident

September 15, 2009  The victim of aone-vehicle accident at the intersection of East Main and Highland Dive missed a ride to the hospital, but not a trip to the county jail.Deputy Dustin Robbins responded to the rollover of a Ford Ranger pickup shortly after midnight Sept. 7 to find Rachel Nicole Crotts, 35, of 2525 E. Main St. still inside the truck.Robbins said the truck was on its side, partially blocking the roadway, but before the Batesville Fire Department Rescue truck could arrive, Crotts crawled out the back sliding window.

Ghost hunters seek spirit of lynched Arkansas man

September 15, 2009 POWHATAN (AP) — No one knows when Andrew Springer first heard the footsteps of his killers.A band of 25 Sharp County men broke into the Lawrence County Jail at Powhatan before dawn on May 21, 1887, and hanged Springer from a tree. Paranormal investigators believe Springer’s spirit still haunts the old Powhatan Courthouse that sits near the jail and tree where he was hanged.“This building is one of the most haunted places in Arkansas,” Spirit Seekers investigative director Alan L. “Buz” Lowe said.

Police arrest local man for July home invasion

September 15, 2009 A Batesville man is in custody at the Independence County jail on six counts of aggravated robbery associated with a home invasion in west Batesville earlier this year, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy in a court affidavit.“On the night of July 15, 2009, Deputy Nathan Stephens took a report of a home invasion in which six Hispanic males were robbed in their home at gunpoint,” Mundy said.

Batesville man to conduct research in Germany

September 15, 2009 DENTON, Texas — Ben Dobbs of Denton, Texas, formerly of Batesville, has been awarded the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship.A teaching fellow completing his master’s degree at the University of North Texas’ College of Music, Dobbs will be conducting archival research on manuscripts and early print editions of German composer Heinrich Grimm.