51 voters turn out for first day

March 4, 2009 Fifty-one voters turned out for the first day of early voting in a special citywide election.Tammy Hillis, Independence County deputy clerk, said there were also six absentee votes turned in.Early voting may be done during business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, at the county clerk’s office inside the courthouse. Early voting ends Monday.On Tuesday, the polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in each of the four wards in Batesville: Independence County Extension Office, Calvary Baptist Church, West Baptist Church and First Baptist Church.

After 41 years, Anderson remains ‘loyal’

March 4, 2009 CUSHMAN — Children playing, walking to class, running to catch the school bus.Superintendent Gary Anderson can’t help but feel a little sad these days when he looks out the window of his office at Cushman School.This time next year there will be no children playing. No children walking to class. No children running to catch the school bus.And after 41 years with the school, it’s something Anderson said is hard to imagine.

State tournament pairings finally finalized

March 3, 2009 We now know all the opening state tournament times and foes for Guard circulation area high school basketball teams.With the weather-delayed championship results from the 2A North Region Tournament on Monday night, we know that Cedar Ridge’s girls are set to play Westside Johnson County at 1 Wednesday afternoon, Melbourne’s boys are opposite Hector an hour and a half later, and Melbourne’s girls are scheduled to play Eureka Springs at 4 p.m. on Thursday in first-round games at the new gymnasium at Melbourne High School.

Cedar Ridge, Melbourne win region titles

March 3, 2009 NEWARK — A fourth-time favorite and Caraway cousins were featured here Monday night in the 2A North Region Tournament finals.On their fourth try, the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves delighted the home crowd by defeating the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz 44-39.In the boys final, Melbourne’s 1-2 punch of Kody Caraway and Spencer Caraway flattened the East Poinsett County Warriors by a 71-50 count.

Bassmasters meeting set

March 3, 2009 The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the First Community Bank’s George Rider Room to review the 2009 tournament schedule, reporter Colin Patterson said.Dues will also be accepted. Dues are $35 per person.The tournament schedule opens Saturday on Greers Ferry Lake, out of Hill Creek Ramp. The tournament is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bowren throws no-hitter as Midland wins opener

March 3, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland Lady Mustangs started their softball season in grand fashion with a 17-0 pummeling of the Bradford Lady Eagles here Monday.Midland scored 12 runs in the first inning and Kayla Bowren pitched a no-hitter as the Lady Mustangs abbreviated the game in 4 1/2 innings.Bowren struck out 10 and one reached on an error. Offensively, she collected three hits and two runs batted in.

’Cane whips Pioneers

March 3, 2009 The Jonesboro Hurricane blew away the Batesville Pioneers in an unexpected home opener Monday afternoon at Lyon College’s Scots Field.In a game that was moved from Jonesboro to Batesville due to wet fields, the Hurricane scored eight runs in the first inning and cruised in with a 15-3 victory.“Jonesboro lost six (starters) off last year’s team, but they’ve replaced them,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “If they get any pitching at all, they’re going to be good because they sure can hit.”

Wheels, more fall off for Cavemen

March 3, 2009 HIGHLAND — The Cave City Cavemen watched a 3-0 lead deteriorate into an 18-8, run-rule shortened loss to the Highland Rebels here Monday evening.“You’ve heard the saying ‘the wheels came off.’ Well, we lost a whole lot more than the wheels last night,” Cave City Coach Jamie King said. “Our communication was horrible, even when we weren’t making errors.”The Cavemen were charged with four errors, but poor choices added to that, King said.

News of other days

March 3, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 14, 1996.73 YEARS AGOIn an ad in the Guard Wednesday, W.M. Thompson, attorney of Batesville, said six counties and 19 towns and townships have voted dry in local option elections in the first 10 months of legalized liquor in Arkansas. Only one county and three towns and townships have voted wet. Batesville has been a stronghold for drys for 30 years, and voters will vote on the question again next Friday.

Multi-racial beauty shop opens

March 3, 2009 With a heart for owning her own one-of-a-kind business and helping others in her community, Alice Artis is halfway there.She has just recently opened her own boutique/beauty shop that offers supplies and styles for a wide range of clients.A victim of downsizing in the business world, Artis said she decided to do something she has always liked and wanted to do so she went to school to learn to become a beautician.