Yard sale planned

April 28, 2009 Habitat for Humanity of Independence County is gathering donated items for its second annual yard sale, which will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 424 E. Main St. in Batesville.All proceeds from the sale will be used for building materials in the construction of the second Habitat house in Independence County, according to a news release.

Ringggg! It’s for you, Dave

April 28, 2009 HARDY — Telephone collecting has just the right ring to it for Dave Gruger.His wife, Linda, gave him his first collectible phone in 1991 and he quickly learned it had a connection to a well-known and tragic historic event.“It had a mouthpiece covered with dirt and tobacco juice and when I started cleaning it up I saw the mouthpiece was made of glass. In 1918, during the flu epidemic, they had those so they could sterilize them,” Gruger told Friends of the Sharp County Library members last week.

Animal cruelty reported

April 28, 2009 An elderly woman’s dog was killed Monday morning after it was thrown up into a tree, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Dee McFatter said she was dispatched to Parakeet Lane north of Batesville and met with Carol Cheek, who said a dog belonging to her mother, Jewel Tignor, had been hung in a tree.Cheek said at 6:30 that morning, she went to get the neighbor’s guineas out of her mother’s yard and the dog had still been alive.

Former officer gets fourth DWI

April 28, 2009 A former police officer whose blood alcohol content level was listed at .35 was given his fourth felony driving while intoxicated charge after he was involved in an accident in March.Bond has been set at $50,000 for Jack Lee Ryan, 37, of  Southside, according to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.In the affidavit Cpl. Bobby Moser, of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, said that around 10:48 a.m. March 20, he was dispatched to a one-vehicle accident on Camp Tahkodah Road.

News of other days

April 27, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 8, 1996. 

Family & Friends Briefs

April 27, 2009 Church to hold tea partyA women’s tea party will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Batesville First Assembly, located at 20th and Lyon streets.Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.For more information call (870) 793-5489. Benefit fund established

Colleges Briefs

April 27, 2009 Scholarship recipients announced Miranda Tucker and Grant McChesney were recently named 2009 recipients of the Arkansas Eastman Trust Scholarships. The scholarship program was established in 1993 to encourage and assist Independence County area students pursuing math or science-related careers, according to a news release.

Area Briefs

April 27, 2009 International children’s choir to perform in Batesville

DWI, theft, dog poisoning reported

April 27, 2009 A Batesville man, who was reportedly so drunk he couldn’t stand without holding on to something, was arrested following an accident where he ran his pickup truck into the rear end of a semi-trailer Wednesday night, according to Independence County Deputy Jonathan Brown.Brown said when he arrived at the accident scene at St. Louis and College around 8:20 p.m., he spoke with the pickup driver, identified as Tommy Glenn Baker, 48, of 380 Seventh St., and could smell a strong odor of alcohol about his person.

Tourism celebrated

April 27, 2009 National Travel and Tourism Week takes place May 9 to 17, and local celebrations are planned, according ot Cathy Drew, executive director of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council. The annual tourism week event is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide, Drew said. The goal is to enhance the country’s economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism. The theme of this year’s week is “Travel Matters.”