Pipeline proposal to be topic

December 31, 2008 ASH FLAT - Mayors of all towns in Sharp County and quorum court members have been invited to a Sharp County Natural Gas Project meeting set for 10 a.m. Jan. 12 in the main courtroom of the courthouse in Ash Flat, County Judge Larry Brown said.

Sheriff: Arson investigation at standstill

December 31, 2008 Victims of recent arsons in Batesville won't cooperate with authorities for fear of deportation, Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers said this morning. The Criminal Investigations Division of the sheriff's office has been investigating three arsons in the past two weeks, but now those investigations "have been brought to a standstill, due to the victims of the crimes not cooperating with us," Bowers said in a press release.

News of Other Days

December 30, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 17, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO There is at least one nickel slot machine that won't be paying off for its owner or its sucker customers. The machine wa confiscated on Monday at the Rendezvous Dance Hall on the Little Rock Highway by chief deputy George M. Evans and destroyed at the county sheriff's office. Confiscation of gambling machines follows an edict of Circuit Judge Marcus S. Bone.

Bonnie Rush to retire

December 30, 2008 MELBOURNE - Bonnie Rush of the Izard County Sheriff's Department is retiring from county government after 30 years of service. Rush was given a retirement party by co-workers earlier in the month. She began her employment with Izard County in January 1979 in the county judge's office when Larry Arnold was judge.

Bryant resigns

December 30, 2008 Batesville Planning Commission member Tommy Bryant is resigning his seat, effective Wednesday. The letter of resignation was sent to Mayor Rick Elumbaugh and other planning commission members Monday morning.

Death believed suicide

December 30, 2008 When Denny Joe Stout didn't show up for work as a sign erector for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Monday morning, fellow workers knew something was wrong. And, after being unable to contact him, the Independence County Sheriff's Office was called to do a welfare check at his home.

City deals with floods, utility plant upgrades

December 30, 2008 A hefty fine from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, spring flooding, a new fire station and four new faces on the city council were among the city of Batesville's top news for 2008.

Recovery slow for wreck victim

December 29, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - Christmas Day, John and Donna Steer and three of their four children gathered together to exchange presents. It was a scene that has played out countless times for the Steer family, but this year was different. This year they were inside a hospital room, as son John Steer recuperates from a wreck on Dec. 9.

Man missing

December 29, 2008 A 31-year-old Batesville man was reported missing during the Christmas holiday according to Cpl. Bobby Moser with the Independence County Sheriff's Office. April Fitzpatrick of Pottsville told Moser Friday that her brother, Keith Eugene White, had not been seen by family members since just before Thanksgiving on Nov. 25.

Things that go boom in night shake up Ash Flat residents

December 29, 2008 ASH FLAT - The explosive targets were legal but the timing was bad. Explosions as loud as blasts of dynamite about 10 p.m. Friday just south of Ash Flat and east of U.S. Highway 167 caused a flood of calls to the 911 dispatch office and Mayor Danny Traw's house, said investigating officer Braden Ables of the Ash Flat Police Department.