Workshop planned

June 10, 2009 Up to 20 people will be able to attend a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27 at the Old Independence Regional Museum to learn how to read public documents, according to a news release from the Independence County Historical Society. The workshop will cover Census records, deeds, marriage records, wills and probate records.

Van Zant, Foghat, wrestling to headline June 27th event

June 10, 2009 Southern rocker/country artist Jimmie Van Zant and his band from Jacksonville, Fla., will headline the Batesville Family Funfest June 27.The Funfest, presented by Batesville Promotions, ASWF Wrestling and the city of Batesville Parks and Recreation, is an all-day, family-friendly event at Batesville’s Riverside Park, said Steve Thomas with Batesville Promotions.

SC fines increased

June 10, 2009 ASH FLAT — Anyone being fined through the court systems in Sharp County will pay $20 more than usual, starting now.The quorum court voted 8-0 Monday to increase fines by $20 each to help defray the cost of maintenance and operation of the county jail, incarceration of inmates, transport of county prisoners, the purchase and maintenance of equipment for the county jail and training, salaries and certificate pay for jail personnel and deputy sheriffs.The current portion of fines used for those purposes is $5 per fine.

News of other days

June 9, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 20, 1996.

Isabella’s opens ‘attic’ expansion

June 9, 2009 Isabella’s Boutique and Merle Norman Studio, located at 1370 Neeley St. in Batesville, has a new addition, according to manager Ruth Bowman.“We’ve added new, used and vintage primitive style furniture, as well as wall art, and a large collection of home decor items,” Bowman said recently. The new addition is called Isabella’s Attic, and plays off that theme with items one might find in a well-stocked attic from days gone by.

State News Briefs

June 9, 2009 Woman burns to death, poured gasoline on selfPINE BLUFF (AP) — A woman in Pine Bluff died after pouring what appeared to be gasoline on herself and getting in a car, where she and the vehicle burst into flames.A Pine Bluff police officer saw the woman pour fuel on herself Monday afternoon near the intersection South Ohio Street and Interstate 530.

Craft school offers course

June 9, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Arkansas Craft School is offering a continuing education course for classroom teachers July 6-10 at Ozarka College in Mountain View campus. Classes are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.The course, limited to 30 participants and designed for K-8 elementary and middle school teachers, will provide a variety of experiences for teachers including guidance in the use of arts and crafts in teaching strategies and hands on skill training in basic craft media.

Service News

June 9, 2009 San Antonio — Army Pvt. Bradley W. Altom has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Foul mouthed biker faces traffic charges

June 9, 2009 A 19-year-old motorcyclist who reportedly kept up a running dialogue of foul-mouthed abuse against his arresting officer is facing several traffic charges following an incident early this morning.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was parked at St. Louis and Harrison streets just before 2 a.m. when he noticed a man on a motorcycle stop at a yield sign on Lawrence Street and then travel south on St. Louis Street, spinning his back wheel and almost losing control of his bike.