Sex offender leaves Izard Co.

June 21, 2011 MELBOURNE — Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence recently announced that a level 3 sex offender, Richard Raymond Andis, who previously lived at 1439 Chapel Hill Road (sometimes known as Senior Citizens Center Road) was no longer at that address and had moved out of Izard County. Lawrence said Andis now lives in the McSpadden Addition near Hardy under another jurisdiction.—from submitted reports

Outage affects 2,400

June 21, 2011 Monday was the night that more than 2,000 lights went out in Batesville. Entergy Arkansas customer service manager Flave Carpenter Jr. told the Guard that the outage affected 2,400 customers in west Batesville, the Bethesda area, downtown and along St. Louis Street, affecting many businesses, between 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.Generators were brought in for traffic lights.Carpenter said a mechanical failure at the Batesville substation knocked out several of the phases connected to the station, but the reason why and how it happened are unknown.

‘Thousand-year-old Samurai’ jailed

June 21, 2011 For a brief time Batesville had a 1,000-year-old Samurai with a sword.That was until he was taken into custody Monday afternoon and his sword placed into the evidence locker.According to Deputy Michael Darr, he was contacted by Deputy Jesse Wilson about a man at Kennedy Park who was carrying a sword and threatening people.When Darr arrived at the park, Dexter McDaniel ran to his car and told him a man had came up to him and Sydney Mesa and was acting strange, was threatening them and had ran off behind a tree in the middle of the construction pond.

Man honored for service

June 21, 2011 Most of us know a friend, neighbor or family member who always seems to be there when others need a helping hand or they are always doing something nice for someone else. Someone like Joe Johnson of Batesville.When not helping out at Eagle Mountain Magnet School, Johnson may be found teaching line dance classes at Batesville High School, ballroom or other dance forms at the Batesville Senior Citizens Center or visiting local nursing homes.

Bess Wolf entertaining at 103

June 21, 2011 At 103, Bess Wolf keeps the fellow residents, staff and families at Wood-Lawn Nursing Home entertained with her piano playing.

Car, mower, AC stolen

June 21, 2011 A car and lawn mower were among the recent thefts reported to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:• Charlene Kealer reported the theft of her 2003 Chevrolet Impala from her driveway on Neely Street. Kealer said the car was locked and she discovered it missing when she walked outside to go to church. • Chris Martin reported the theft of several air conditioners from the Living Word of Faith Fellowship at Locust Grove. Martin told Officer Billy Croom he arrived to find several rooms had been broken into and air conditioner units missing.

Committee OKs request, now moves to full court

June 21, 2011 The city of Batesville may be allowed to change its parks grant, but not everyone is happy about it.Monday night, the quorum court parks and recreation committee met to hear two grant transfer requests. One was on behalf of the city of Batesville, which has received more than $50,000 for facilities at the north complex, while the other was for the city of Oil Trough.Batesville’s grant was originally for its soccer fields, but after a fire destroyed a concession stand the city asked to change the funding’s use.

Fire destroys three businesses

June 21, 2011 A fire of undetermined source destroyed three local businesses at the corner of Sidney and Harrison streets Monday night.Hon’s Save On Drugs, Teed Family Dentistry and Pioneer Pizza were destroyed by a blaze that apparently started around 9:30 p.m. in the back of Pioneer Pizza near the ovens, according to a report filed by Deputy Fred Friar. Friar said the fire was reported by a motorist, Samuel Farmer, who saw heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the pizza shop and the drug store and called 911.

JunkFest this weekend

June 20, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — JunkFest will be held Friday and Saturday on Highway 5, two miles north of Mountain View.Merchandise for sale will include vintage items, antiques, old knives, handmade crafts, musical instruments, old signs, antique cars and parts, glassware, antique furniture, old boat motors, taxidermy, art, jewelry and old engine components. There will be food vendors and folk/bluegrass music.Limited booth space is available. To rent a booth or for more information, call Brian Holmes at (870) 585-2105 or Shane Linn at (870) 291-2277.

Country club slates reunion

June 20, 2011 Batesville Country Club will celebrate its 85th year reunion at 7:30 p.m. Friday.Music will be provided by Pres Ellis, Penny Wolfe, Danny Dozier and The Jokers rhythm section with Jon Healey on bass, Jason Moser on drums and Butch Ketz on keyboards.Pictures and memorabilia are welcome so that a scrapbook can be started.Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple with appetizers included. A full menu will be available. The event is open to all members, guests, former members and the public.