News of Other Days

September 29, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 10, 1996.73 YEARS AGOJerry Ball, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Ball of this city, has been granted a 1937 principal appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., according to information received from Washington, D.C. He graduated from Batesville High School in May.Members of the Batesville High School Pioneer football team last night elected Harold Jones, halfback, and Estes McDonald, quarterback, captain and sub-captain, respectively.

Hawkins completes program

September 29, 2009 Richard Hawkins II of Cave City, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has completed a five-day educational program at Modern Woodmen’s home office in Rock Island, Ill.The program focused on helping families with Modern Woodmen life insurance plans, annuities and fraternal member benefits.Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

Fudge joins Stanley Wood

September 29, 2009 Stanley Wood Chevrolet and Scott Wood Chrysler have announced the association of Nick Fudge as their newest sales consultant.Fudge is a Batesville native, a graduate of Batesville High School and Arkansas State University, according to a news release from Scott Wood.“He has been in the automotive business for the past 13 years in another city and has moved back to our area to make his home with us,” Scott Wood, general manager of Stanley Wood Chevrolet, said recently.

Local doctors open new medical facility

September 29, 2009 Batesville Endoscopy has announced it is now open to provide medical services to the local community.The business was developed as a result of a group of physicians at White River Medical Center partnering together to build the first Ambulatory Surgery Center in Batesville.The facility, approximately 12,000 square feet, features four pre-procedure bays, two procedure rooms and five post-procedure areas, according to Rebecca Bennett, administrator.

New antique mall opens

September 29, 2009 Something Mary Etta Crowder has always wanted to do is run an antique store.She will get her wish Thursday, as she and her husband, Kent, will open Etta’s Attic in the cleaned and refurbished former J.E. Bond and Pawn Shop building across from the courthouse in downtown Batesville. “We’ve got a lot of really good vendors coming in; some of them are even from out of town and have run antique shops themselves in the past,” Crowder said recently.

Fire damages vacant Davis Lane home

September 29, 2009 An early morning fire Monday at 1290 Davis Lane in west Batesville remains under investigation, according to Batesville Fire Chief Danny Russell.The department responded to the 1:50 a.m. blaze with four trucks and 16 firefighters. The first units on the scene advised police dispatch that the vacant home was fully engulfed when they arrived.The blaze was quickly controlled and firefighters spent approximately another hour and a half fighting hot spots and removing smoldering debris.

Threats of gunfire land Newark couple in jail

September 29, 2009  When a sheriff’s warrants officer tried to serve a warrant in Newark Thursday he was met with resistance and threats of gunfire, according to Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan.The incident started when Independence County Warrants Officer Jim Darmstaedter arrived at the home of David and Kathy Mathes at 353 13th St. around 1:20 p.m. and attempted to serve David Mathes (age unknown) a warrant for cruelty to animals.

Police detain driver after roadside scuffle

September 29, 2009  A 21-year-old, driver stopped for running off the road in west Batesville, has been arrested on several charges after a scuffle with police.Matthew A. Hudson of Greg Drive was stopped around 11:20 p.m. Sept. 22 by Independence County Deputy Dustin Robbins at 470 Ferrell St.The stop came after Robbins said he saw the car Hudson was driving run off the side of the road and almost go into a ditch as it traveled north on Boggs Street.

The ghosts of Arkansas await your arrival … Ark. tourism dept. launches Haunted Arkansas Web site

September 29, 2009 Little Rock — If you have nerves of steel, explore the new “Haunted Arkansas” Web section — unveiled just in time for Halloween! “Ghost Tourism is a fun and exciting niche that Arkansas is proud to explore. Arkansas has many unique stories and locations that provide mystery and thrill to vacationers, said Dena Woerner, communications manager for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. “This site provides one location to find places, stories and fun fall events around the state.”

Money raised

September 29, 2009 Smart Style Family Hair Salon employees, friends and volunteers gathered outside the Batesville Walmart Saturday for a Breast Cancer Awareness fun fair and photogenic contest.“We are hoping to raise $1,000 today,” salon stylist Johnna Williams said Saturday morning. “Through generous donations from local businesses we are having a bake sale, silent auction, baby games, dunk tank and a diamond dig with a diamond ring valued at $100 donated by Walmart.”