Man charged in two burglaries; bond set at $100,000

January 30, 2009 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 24-year-old Southside man for three counts of commercial burglary, according to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Named in the affidavit and arrested on the burglary charges is Dayton Cliff Carpenter of 2799 Batesville Blvd.

Residents still struggling

January 30, 2009 VELVET RIDGE - Icicles crashed to the ground from electrical wires as Jimmy Eason carefully walked across his yard to the red Ford F-150 he had slept in the past two nights. "I'm sleeping in a car, which is just fine," the elderly Eason said. "There's nothing wrong with a car. Every couple of hours I turn it on; I let it run for 10 minutes and that keeps it pretty warm."

Work continues to get power restored

January 30, 2009 With plenty of helping hands, progress is being made. And it was news Les Frensley, customer service manager for Entergy Arkansas in Batesville, was glad to report this morning. At about 6 a.m., 7,300 homes in parts of Sharp, Izard and Independence counties were still without power. "We've made some real good progress," he told the Guard this morning by phone.

News of other day

January 29, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 12, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Work will start Monday morning on the WPA nursery school project here in conjunction with the state Department of Education following the raising of $150 by the Batesville Kiwanis Club, which assumed this obligation Friday.

Arrest made in chiropractor’s assault, robbery

January 29, 2009 A man who allegedly robbed a Batesville chiropractor and was getting ready to flee the state has turned himself in to Independence County authorities. According to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff's Detective Jeff Sims, Justin Dow Barnes, 25, of Cave City turned himself in at the Independence County jail around 7 p.m. Monday, after Barnes' stepfather called Sims and made the arrangements. A description of Barnes had been released earlier in the week.

Large number of poles downed

January 29, 2009 Thousands woke up this morning still without electricity. According to Leah Rouse, marketing director of North Arkansas Electric, about 27,000 homes are in the dark in Baxter and Fulton counties as well as parts of Sharp, Stone and Izard counties.

Shelters open

January 29, 2009 Emergency shelters for those who are without power or heat have been opened in Independence and Sharp counties, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and local sources. At 9:30 this morning, however, people in two of the shelters in Sharp County were being moved to another location because of a lack of water service and a shortage of space.

News of other day

January 28, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 9, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO The Conway Hail Home on Boswell Street will be the scene of a happy occasion Friday night when Mr. Hail entertains with a delightful dinner in celebration of the 90th birthday anniversary of his father, Judge S.A. Hail. Judge Hail, born in 1846 in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., has been a soldier, farmer, judge, newspaper man and businessman.

Council OKs taxi franchises, budget

January 28, 2009 For a while, Batesville did not have a taxi service. Now, it will have three. The Batesville City Council met Tuesday afternoon, moving its meeting time up because of inclement weather. The council had to meet before the end of month to approve the 2009 budget and to hear the mayor's State of the City address. (See the 2009 State of the City address in its entirety on page 7 of today's Guard.)

‘Hee-Haw’ star LuLu Roman speaks about orphanage, life

January 28, 2009 SIDNEY - There's more to LuLu Roman than meets the eye. And less - she's lost 200 pounds since her days as a comedienne on the popular, long-running television show "Hee-Haw." Roman is a singer, songwriter, author, comedienne, actress, artist (she paints flower blossoms, among other things) and a tireless worker for Christ.