Sheriff seeks federal money

July 10, 2009 Wanting to boost the number of police officers on patrol along with increasing numbers in the Criminal Investigations Division, the Independence County Sheriff’s Office has applied for a federal grant of $1,107,712 to pay their salaries.The money, part of a federal stimulus package, is being offered through the Cops Hiring Recovery Program that allows police departments to hire officers for three years with 100 percent of their salary paid for with the grant money.

Batesville launches antiques, crafts fair

July 10, 2009 Main Street Batesville, in partnership with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Bob Pest Marketing/Communications/Public Relations, will hold the first Autumn Antique and Crafts Festival Oct. 22-24.The event will take place in historic downtown Batesville and at other antique and crafts shops in Independence County. Main Street executive director Paula Grimes said she sees the event as the logical result of the growth of the downtown antique district.

News of other days

July 9, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 22, 1996.

Man in underwear running in traffic arrested, Tased

July 9, 2009 An Independence Day celebration involving alcohol and no clothes started and ended early Friday morning for a Batesville man.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Colby Markum said he was dispatched to the area of KMACKS gas station on St. Louis Street around 1:20 a.m. where a man, later identified as 31-year-old Charles Bullard of 25 Triangle Lane, was reportedly running down the middle of the road.

Alcohol key factor in weekend arrests

July 9, 2009  After reportedly trying to dodge police to avoid a ticket, Kevin G. White, 29, of 75 Shultz Lane, was arrested on charges of fleeing, driving left of center, disregarding a stop sign, broken windshield, no proof of liability insurance and driving while intoxicated Friday evening.The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop made by Deputy Shawn Stephens on Mount Herman Road around 6 p.m.White said he didn’t have paperwork on the car because he had just recently bought it. White was given a court date of July 22.

Batesville High announces academic honors

July 9, 2009 Batesville High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, it was announced at the school’s awards night on April 27.The award, based on the school’s test scores and the demographic makeup of the school, is the highest academic honor a public school can receive. BHS was the only high school in the state to receive the honor.Other awards included: James Eads, Taamasa Hyde and Kyle Cox, winners of the Batesville Daily Guard 2008 “design an ad” contest.

Midland teacher attends meeting on technology

July 9, 2009 Silver Spring, Md. — Karen Wells from Midland School District, along with 60 educators from across the country, participated in the Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council Symposium at the headquarters of Discovery Communications in Silver Spring, Md. The event was held June 25-26 and was hosted by Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the Science Channel.

Family and Friends Briefs

July 9, 2009 Summer Science Day Camp to be offered at state parkJACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will host Summer Science Day Camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 29, 30 and 31 at the park pavilion.Children ages 6 to 12 will explore the outdoors through games, activities and crafts.  Activities include a flood plain bingo, macro invertebrate mayhem, fishing clinic with Game and Fish and designing camp T-shirts.

Area Briefs

July 9, 2009 Southside School Board meetsSOUTHSIDE — More than 170 non-resident students have requested to attend Southside Schools during the 2009-10 school year, according to new Superintendent Roger Rich. Rich told the school board during their regular meeting Monday night that about 140 of those have never attended the district’s schools. In other business, the board voted to:• accept a letter of resignation from Bonnie Young as a personal care aide and voted to hire Christy Williford to fill that position.

Court hears about grants, sex offenders

July 9, 2009 MELBOURNE — An ordinance disbursing funds from the Tobacco Prevention Program to fund the Izard County Hometown Health Coalition was approved by the Izard County Quorum Court members Tuesday at the courthouse.It is a 100 percent grant so no matching funds are required. Treva Engelhardt, a chairwoman of the Izard County Hometown Health Coalition, addressed the court to explain the need for the ordinance.