Former teachers gets time, fine

January 12, 2009 MELBOURNE - Six months and a $180,000 fine. That was the decision handed down Saturday morning after jurors had spent five days listening to testimony and finding a former teacher guilty on 16 felony counts of engaging in sexual misconduct with students.

Breaking news: Brock Felton case

January 9, 2009 Former Izard County Consolidated teacher Brock Felton has been found guilty on 16 counts - 12 counts of sexual indecency with a child and four counts of second-degree sexual assault. There were five counts in which Felton was found not guilty.

News of other days

January 9, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 23, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Eight new members of the board of directors for the Batesville Chamber of Commerce were elected Tuesday. They are Homer Fox, Phil Deal, A.L. Crouch Jr., Will Devall, Medford O'Neal, Cleo Wann, Paul F. Wright and G.E. Yeatman.

College Briefs

January 9, 2009 Kappa Sigs receive scholarships Seven members of Lyon College's Lambda-Iota chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity have been recognized by the fraternity's national office for outstanding academic achievement, receiving scholarships totaling $6,000.

Area Briefs

January 9, 2009 Council to raise garbage fees, may call for sales tax election The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to consider an ordinance to call a special election to consider a sales tax proposal for the upgrade of the wastewater facility.

FEMA monies totaled for Izard

January 9, 2009 MELBOURNE - More than $500,000 has come into Izard County from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for damage/services from 2008 tornados and floods. Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley announced Tuesday night at the quorum court meeting that those figures came from receipts from FEMA, with just over $475,600 for floods and nearly $119,000 due to tornados.

Master plan presented

January 9, 2009 Until now, the city of Batesville hasn't had a comprehensive overall master plan for future growth since the 1960s, according to planning commission chairwoman Carma Osborn. Osborn made the statement at city hall Thursday night when the latest plan was introduced to Batesville citizens.

Goody’s to close

January 9, 2009 Batesville will have one less clothing store when Goody's Family Clothing closes its doors. The discount clothing retailer in Batesville is one of 11 stores in the state (including Jonesboro and Mountain Home) and 282 across the country to close.

Judge wants land for jail

January 9, 2009 Some 7 acres in downtown Batesville may be used for jail expansion one day. The Independence County Quorum Court Budget Committee met Thursday to discuss the potential purchase of 6.908 acres on West Main and Bean streets, near the county jail. The property was once home to the Batesville Stockyards, which is no longer standing and is listed as the owner, according to Assessor Odus Fulmer.

Felton takes stand in own defense

January 9, 2009 MELBOURNE - Testimony in the trial of a former Izard County Consolidated teacher concluded Thursday with the jurors deliberating only for about an hour before they were dismissed and told to appear this morning at 8:30.