Boyfriend claims sick girlfriend needs food

March 3, 2009 A formal third offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as residential burglary, has been filed against a Magness man, which garnered him a $150,000 bond, according to an Independence County court affidavit filed by sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.The charges against Jason Chad Hall, 25, of 169 Brittany St., stemmed from an incident on Feb. 14 in which Hall reportedly broke into a residence in Oil Trough to steal food for his sick girlfriend.

Guard promotes NIE

March 3, 2009 Imagine having a living textbook in the classroom, allowing students to read about history as it is happening. More and more students are getting that chance, thanks to Newspapers in Education programs.Newspapers are used in classes as a teaching tool at all grade levels and in all subject areas. The Batesville Daily Guard is one of approximately 950 newspapers in the United States and around the world that offer NIE programs.

Molding students

March 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — Maggie Caraway was never much on art, until she signed up for Connie Roberts’ class at Melbourne High School.Caraway was one of several students delving into the wet, squishy clay recently as the school hosted Peter Lippincott, an artist in residence from Fort Smith.Each student selected a lump of clay and began forming bowls, mugs, vases, cups, cylinders and other works of art with their hands and use of a potter’s wheel. The pieces were dried, then placed in the kiln for firing, after which the glaze was added and fired once again.

Commission supports tax, historical ordinance

March 3, 2009 Monday night the Batesville City Planning Commission gave its unanimous support to the upcoming tax election, which deals with a 1-percent sales tax to replace and upgrade the city’s wastewater facility.Dr. Sam Cooke, speaker for the Citizens for Jobs group supporting the tax, and Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson gave a presentation to commissioners showing the current status of the facility and proposed improvements if the tax is passed during a special vote on March 10.

Cave City woman gives direction to toddlers

February 20, 2009 The Grapevine Daycare Center, operating in conjunction with the New Life Family Church of God in Batesville, has a new director, Ramona A. Brewer, who is a certified child development associate.“I just recently moved back to Cave City from El Paso (Texas) where I worked as the lead teacher with the Army Child Development Centers,” Brewer said during a recent interview. “I graduated from Cave City High School in 1994. I have a background in child care, and experience as the owner and director of Leaps and Bounds, a home preschool program.”

Children collect items for animals

February 20, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Southside Elementary School’s 29 classes ran a contest recently to see which classroom could collect the most “wish list” items for the Humane Society of Independence County.The contest was implemented by student Erin Lorch as an extension of a 4-H project. Erin is president of the Southside Elementary K-Kids, and the Southside K-Kids (62 student members) were involved in the entire project, from collecting and sorting the items to making the delivery to the humane society and touring the facility.

Police suspect girl’s boyfriend

February 20, 2009 POCAHONTAS (AP) — Police have arrested a Hoxie teenager, suspecting him of killing his girlfriend’s father, and say the dead man’s wife helped cover up the crime.Greg Anthony Smith, 19, was being held in the death of Ronald Dale Cathey, 51, of Pocahontas. Cathey’s body was found in the Black River near Clover Bend on Jan. 24. Cathey’s wife, Shirley Sue Cathey, 34, was being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.Smith was dating the Catheys’ daughter, prosecutor Henry Boyce said.

ASU-Searcy schedules self-defense for women

February 20, 2009 BEEBE — The Continuing Education Department at Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, will hold a free Women’s Self Defense class at 6:30  p.m. March 9 on the Searcy campus.  Detective Anne Rigsby will conduct this informative session to women of all ages. 

Ozarka to host transfer fair

February 20, 2009 Melbourne — The TRiO Department of Ozarka College is once again hosting a College Transfer Fair. The event will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the halls of the John E. Miller Education Complex on the main campus in Melbourne. College representatives from four-year colleges around the state will be on hand to offer students all the information needed about their different degree programs, available scholarships and transferring.

Lyon announces schedule, new ticket prices for event

February 20, 2009 In April, the sound of bagpipes and drums will once again be heard loud and clear throughout the Lyon College campus during the 30th Arkansas Scottish Festival.This year’s festival, scheduled for April 17-19, features new activities, pipe bands and entertainment as well as more vendors and reduced ticket prices.