3 charged with rape

July 24, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — Bond for three people charged with rape was set at $150,000 each Thursday, Lawrence County sheriff’s investigator Capt. Jody Dotson said.Sheriff’s officers arrested 35-year-old Don Long, 30-year-old Andy Osburn and 50-year-old Lola May on Tuesday, Dotson said. Long, Osburn and May are all from Smithville.

Council to forgive water bill

July 24, 2009 The Economic Development Commission is doing what it set out do when voters approved a 1-cent special sales tax last December.Ed Mabry, commission chairman, told the Batesville City Council Tuesday night that several people have applied for monies to get started with new businesses or expansions in Independence County. Applicants are required to submit a business plan, which is then reviewed by the commission. If it’s approved, the plan then moves on to the quorum court.

Cargill hired to teach med pro ed at UACCB

July 23, 2009 Jesse Cargill has been selected as the new instructor for medical professions education program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Cargill graduated from Batesville High School in 2003 and took his first college class at UACCB, before attending the University of Central Arkansas. He graduated from UCA with a bachelor’s degree in radiography in 2007. That same year he also graduated from St. Vincent’s School of Radiologic Technology in Little Rock and became certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Foley discusses love of teaching, students

July 23, 2009 For more than 30 years Sheila Foley has been in the second grade.“I have never taught another grade,” the West Magnet teacher said. “I mean, why change when you love second grade? I think seven is heaven.”She said second-graders are great: they’re independent, they’re sweet and they’re “ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”“When they get in (the classroom) they’re ready to go,” she said.

News of other days

July 23, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 5, 1996.

Horn charged with attempted burglary in Izard County

July 23, 2009 MELBOURNE — Cruelty to animals, attempted burglary and drugs were just some of the offenses the Izard County Sheriff’s Department has had to deal with in the past week:• Joey Ray Horn, 38, of Gainesville, Mo., was arrested July 12 on felony charges of criminal attempt to commit residential burglary. Horn remains in the Izard County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Steer sale to be Saturday

July 23, 2009 The Independence County All-Star Steer program is gearing up for its fourth annual show during the Independence County Fair, but there is a twist this year, officials say: Bidding for the All-Star steers will be open to the public.

Talent auditions to continue

July 23, 2009 Got talent? That’s what judges will be determining for some 30 people expected to show up tonight to audition for a shot at the final competition in the “White River’s Got Talent” contest to be held in conjunction with the White River Water Carnival. Tonight’s group of prospects will start strutting, singing and playing for the judges at 6 p.m. in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Police suspect crawls through window onto roof in rain

July 23, 2009 A heavy downpour of rain, handcuffs and ankle shackles didn’t stop a Batesville man from crawling through a window to escape police custody Tuesday morning.Sgt. Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said Tevan Leon Suggs, 18, of 2800 N. St. Louis St., was in an interview room alone around 10:30 a.m. when he made his bid for freedom.Mundy said he had been interviewing Suggs earlier regarding several recent crimes and Suggs agreed to give a written statement.

Stoplights to change to flashing lights

July 23, 2009 Two stoplights in downtown Batesville may be seeing their last days, which could make several citizens happy, judging by the amount of comments directed to city hall.Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said at Tuesday night’s city council meeting that since he’s been in office, he’s heard several requests and questions from citizens and the council about stoplights on Main Street at the intersections with Third and Fourth streets.