Women charged with cashing stolen checks

June 4, 2009 Two women have been charged with felonies in connection with the theft, and subsequent cashing of checks reportedly taken during a residential burglary, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.The women are identified as 28-year-old Tracy M. Burkardt of Williford and 29-year-old Maranda L. Dunegan of Batesville, according to the affidavit.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 4, 2009 Open house announcedBobby and Terry Sanders, owners of Curves fitness and training center for women, will host an open house from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.Located at 2517 Harrison St., Curves will be serving healthy snacks and refreshments, as well as hold drawings for special prizes.Curves, at East Pointe Center next to El Acapulco Cafe, will also be offering membership and tanning specials, along with 10 percent off all products in stock.For more information regarding this event or services offered, call Curves at (870) 612-8783.

Chipman family history outlined

June 4, 2009 Editor’s note: David White is one of the family researchers who began the movement to restore the Haddock Cemetery. This is an excerpt of an article he is to publish in the Batesville Genealogy Society’s “Bits of Bark.” 

Area Briefs

June 4, 2009 Drunk man arrested at church

Felony theft, commercial burglary charges filed

June 4, 2009 A Cushman man, arrested for the early Wednesday morning burglary of the Cushman Country Store has been formally charged, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.Joseph Cory Slisher, 18, of 51 Smith Lane was arrested following a citizens call to police dispatch around 3:28 a.m. Wednesday saying the store was being burglarized by someone wearing camouflage clothing and riding a four-wheeler.

‘Catching By Net’: Museum to host fishing program

June 4, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum will present the program “Catching by Net” at 4 p.m. June 14. Jimmy Hughes and Diane Tebbetts will speak about how their fathers used fishing nets, how the nets were crafted and about the “River Rat” culture. Examples of the nets and the tools used to create them will be on display.

Same time, next year

June 4, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Three weeks out of the year, those who are acquainted with Lloyd Abbott know exactly where to find him.For the past 29 or 30 years Abbott could be found camped at the same time, at the same place at the Jacksonport State Park during Portfest.This year is no exception.At 82, he confesses the trip is getting harder and he now has to rely on help from family and friends to get his travel trailer in place.Abbott, who is a resident of Heber Springs, said his love for Portfest comes from growing up in Newport and living there for many years.

Escapee turns up

June 4, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County Detention Center escapee Mickeal Shaun Painter had slightly more than 48 hours of freedom before being arrested in Independence County and returned to the jail.A tip from the public led to the arrest.“We got a call at the jail letting us know that Painter had been dropped off at a vacant house on Egner Lane,” Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said. “We had him to call the Independence County sheriff’s office. They sent officers out there where he was reported to have been seen and picked him up.”

News of other days

June 3, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 14, 1996. 

Department honors 3 firefighters

June 3, 2009 The Ruddell Hill Volunteer Fire Department recently presented plaques and gift cards in recognition of three members for their 20-plus years of service to the fire department.The members recognized were Gary Tucker, chief; Roetta Tucker, treasurer; and Ray Knatcal, president. They are past officers. They were honored at a fish fry May 16.