Year end’s results to affect county in 2009

January 7, 2009 Library millage tax, a solid waste fee, and the economic development sales tax led the list of controversial improvements for the Independence County Quorum Court in 2008. Monday night's meeting marked a fresh era for several districts in Independence County with new representation for justice of the peace. The effects of ordinances passed in 2008 will begin to take their course in the 2009 calendar year. Eighty-seven years of experience and service will be absent from the court in the coming year: Orville Arms, 24 years; Robert Cuzzort, 16; James Darmstaedter, 14; Charles Barnett, 12; David McIntosh, 10; Mike Hatfield, six; James McLean, four; and Keith Harmon, less than one.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 7, 2009 White River Shrine Club honors local men The White River Shrine Club held its annual awards banquet Dec. 17 at the Batesville Country Club. Awards were presented by club president Hank Rivers for outstanding community leadership, outstanding Shriner, and a law enforcement officer was honored for the fourth quarter.

Area Briefs

January 7, 2009 Party plans to be discussed SOUTHSIDE - Parents of the Southside High School seniors will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school library to discuss plans for a drug-free party. For more information call Brenda Riley at (870) 307-2056, Debbie Mize at (870) 251-2098 or Lisa Matthews at (870) 834-3196.

7,000 miles from home, soldier to witness birth

January 7, 2009 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Adrian Walker will get to hear the first cries of his newborn son. He'll get to see whose hair little Adrian Joseph inherits, and as a proud daddy he'll watch his wife Ashley hold their brand new bundle of joy for the first time.

Court shelves suit under the counter

January 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK - Independence and 19 other Arkansas counties that sued drug manufacturers in an attempt to recoup costs of dealing with the methamphetamine epidemic will not get any money. The counties claimed the drug manufacturers were aware they were selling far more than the legitimate market for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine in over-the-counter cold medication. Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine is often used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Sex trial continues

January 7, 2009 MELBOURNE - Testimony from students in the second day of trial against a former teacher accused of inappropriate sexual behavior was consistent in their connection with each other of the "Do you trust me?" game.

News of other days

January 6, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 9, 1996. 74 YEARS AGO Nearly $17,000 in farm parity checks will be delivered here Saturday to Independence County farmers, county agent Ben A. Lincoln announced today. The checks total $16,839.71 and will be delivered to 1,009 farmers and represent payment in connection with the Agricultural Adjustment Administration program.

Area school districts see changes in 2008

January 6, 2009 2008 was a year for change in many of the area school districts - some of it welcome and some of it not. The Batesville School District flourished in 2008, seeing enrollment soar with classes full and students on waiting lists for the magnet schools and students being introduced to new technology.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 6, 2009 State park offers programs POWHATAN - Lake Charles State Park will offer several upcoming programs, according to park interpreter Kendra Harris. The park is located at 3705 Highway 25, Powhatan. For more information, call (870) 878-6595 or e-mail

Area Briefs

January 6, 2009 Melbourne Fred's donates to Izard sheriff's office MELBOURNE - The Melbourne Fred's Store recently made a monetary donation to the Izard County Sheriff Department's equipment fund. Store Manager Wesley Brooks said his company greatly appreciates the public service provided by Sheriff Tate Lawrence and the deputies throughout the year and that the donation is a way of expressing its appreciation.