City slashes agreement with sheriff

January 13, 2009 CALICO ROCK - A 28-year interlocal agreement between the city of Calico Rock and Izard County for law enforcement protection was the topic of conversation Monday night when Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence met with members of the Calico Rock City Council.

Johnston leaving Ozarka

January 13, 2009 MELBOURNE - Ozarka College is on the hunt for a new president. Dr. Dusty Johnston has announced he will be leaving at the end of February, as he has taken a position with Vernon College in Vernon, Texas.

Permits decrease

January 13, 2009 "It's dismal." That is the overview of new construction in Batesville from Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure. Businesses are closing, and right now there are few prospects for new commercial construction in 2009.

Professional boxing returning to Batesville

January 13, 2009 Professional boxing will make a return appearance in Batesville, with a six-fight card scheduled for next month. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the local National Guard unit and John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte.

News of other days

January 12, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 24, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Mayor Charles F. Cole in the name of Batesville submitted a project which has been approved to improve the recreational facilities and landscape around Arkansas College, Charles Jasper, district director of the National Youth Administration with headquarters here, has announced.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 12, 2009 Drama company coming to town The New Life Drama Company will present a free drama workshop and presentation at Jubilee Family Church in Batesville this weekend. The workshop schedule is as follows:

Drug arrests made by Izard County authorities

January 12, 2009 MELBOURNE - Drug charges have been brought against an Oxford woman and Williford man in separate cases, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Angela Maria Sherrell, 23, of Oxford was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday on two counts of possessing a controlled substance and one count of possessing an instrument of crime. Sherrell posted a $3,565 bond mid-afternoon that day and was released from jail.

Planning commission ties up loose ends

January 12, 2009 With two members absent and one vacant seat on both the Batesville city board of adjustment and planning commission, the city business that was put on hold a week ago Monday night was finished Thursday night.

Sex offender fails to register

January 12, 2009 Police are looking for a convicted sex offender who has failed to register his new home address as required by federal law. In an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Clerk's Office, Lt. Brenda Bittle said the sheriff's department has had a problem keeping up with Robert D. McCoy for several months.

Lab found

January 12, 2009 ASH FLAT - A tip from a woman suspected of trying to cash a forged check at a Highland business led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab in a burned-out house in Cherokee Village, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.