Free motorcycle leads to arrest

July 1, 2009  A Locust Grove man has been charged with theft by receiving after another man reportedly gave him a 2009 Yamaha XT 250 Motorcycle.The motorcycle was reported stolen June 1 by Michael Midkiff, who said it was taken from a shed behind his residence on Angela Trail, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Brent Everett.On June 11 Everett said he followed up on a tip that the motorcycle was in the area of Johnson Hollow and went there to look for the bike.

College unveils new logo, color scheme

July 1, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has a new logo beginning today.The new logo incorporates the UACCB acronym and a new color scheme expresses a unique, fresh statement providing an updated and clean look, according to a news release.“We are excited about the new look and image the new logo portrays,” said Deborah Frazier, chancellor. “The new logo was created through a thoughtful professional development process that started with a branding workshop held in February.”

Celebrate America set for Saturday

July 1, 2009 July 4th at Riverside Park in Batesville is the place to be for a wonderful freedom celebration, according to a news release. Music, food, children’s rides and a fireworks display at dusk are all a part of the annual celebration. “This year’s event is shaping up to be another great year,” said Linda Creighton, senior vice president and marketing director for Citizens Bank, one of the sponsors. “We are very pleased to showcase the talent we have lined up.

Golf classic raises $163k for hospital

July 1, 2009 Dick Bernard, White River Health System Foundation Board president, presented a check for $163,073.73 to Gary Bebow, CEO/administrator of White River Health Systems, at the opening ceremonies of the 15th annual WRHS Foundation Golf Classic on June 20. “I am so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors who support our effort to provide quality health care services throughout the region,” Bernard said.

Toddler located

July 1, 2009 ASH FLAT — An 18-month-old boy who went out the doggie door of a house in Ozark Acres with a puppy this morning was missing for about an hour before being found safe.Firefighters and law enforcement officers were on their way to search when the toddler was found.“Bennie Overton called from #5 Blackbird Drive about 8:25 this morning and his 18-month-old grandchild was missing,” Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said. “He stated the child had gone out the doggie door with a 3-month-old puppy.

Students take a bite out of summer school

July 1, 2009 Caramel apples, decorated cookies, buttercream frosting, truffles and chocolate-dipped strawberries. These are the things obsessions are made of, but for dozens of students it will be serious business during Kids’ College at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, to be held later this month.Donice Woodward is owner of D&D Cake Craft, located at 1368 Neeley St. in Batesville, and has taught cake decorating and gourmet candy making for UACCB’s Community Education Department.

News of other days

June 30, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 12, 1996.

Students recognized for ACT, scholarships

June 30, 2009 Several Batesville High School students have earned recognition for ACT and/or scholarship achievement, according to school officials.The following students have received medals for ACT scores in previous years: Preston Caldwell, 34; Claire Brown, 33; Grant McChesney, 33, Megan Holifield, 30; and Jon-Michael Poff, 30.These students made 30 or above on the ACT this year: Angela Davidson, 30; Daniel Roettger, 30; Kaylin Cesarski, 30; Emily Barrett, 30; Josh Wilkes, 31; Jake Pitts, 31; Caitlin Campbell, 32; Natanya Clark, 33; and Andrew Cox, 33.

Surprise parole visit ends with drug arrest

June 30, 2009  Felony charges of possession of controlled substances have been filed against a Batesville man following a surprise home visit by his parole officer.In an Independence County Circuit Court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard said the charges were filed following a visit by Parole Officer Jimmy Moore and Deputy Fred Friar to the home of Kalob West, 18, on June 16.“Deputy Friar said when they arrived they made contact with Kalob sitting on the front porch drinking a beer,” Leonard said.

Agent attends class

June 30, 2009 Janet Smart of Batesville, an agent for Farmers Insurance Group, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers in Agoura Hills, Calif.“Janet completed the five-day course, which is designed to enhance the professional skills of Farmers’ agents,” explained Annette Thompson, vice president of Farmers, in a news press release.