Independence County 4-H Activity Night winners named

May 5, 2011 The Independence County 4-H held its Activity Night competition April 25 at Southside Elementary School.Winners are as follows:Seed IdentificationCloverbud — Daniel Latus, Sulphur Rock, first; Payton Reinhart, Livestock, second; Keylee Harris, Diamond T, third;Juniors — Olivia Tuggle, Cave City, first; Cheyenne Gilliam, Cave City, second; Braden Mead, Livestock, third;Senior — Jackson Mead, Livestock, first; Cecile Harris, Diamond T, second; Brianne Reed, Diamond T, third;Ornamental Horticulture Identification

Batesville to expand high school

May 5, 2011 A growing student population has Batesville High School making room. The Batesville School District recently announced plans for a 27,563-square-foot expansion and renovation of the already 145,505-square-foot high school building on Pioneer Drive.Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison said he anticipates construction to begin in June, and if all goes as planned, be ready for students during the 2012 school year.


May 4, 2011 Southside Methodist Church was the Top Church Team in Saturday’s March of Dimes walk at Stewart Field in Southside. The winner’s name was supplied incorrectly for an article in Tuesday’s edition of the Guard.

90 pounds of drugs turned in

May 4, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department has turned in more than 90 pounds of old, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to the Drug Enforcement Agency to be destroyed, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.The department partnered with the county’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition of Lawrence County to set up drug collection points in Imboden and Walnut Ridge on Saturday, netting 20 pounds of the total.

Quorum court to meet

May 4, 2011 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Jess B. Carpenter Building’s juvenile courtroom (second floor of the library building).The court will appoint two members to the county equalization board, amend the 2011 budget and hear reports. County Judge Robert Griffin may bring two more ordinances to the meeting, one concerning certification dates of trash liens and the other establishing an account for the trash department.

Lawsuit settlement puts Dogpatch USA in new hands

May 4, 2011 MARBLE FALLS (AP) — A judge has signed an order that awards the former Dogpatch USA amusement park in north Arkansas to the rider of an all-terrain vehicle who was injured on the property.Circuit Judge Shawn Womack ruled Tuesday that the property is to be turned over to settle a $650,000 judgment against the park’s owners.The Harrison Daily Times reports that Pruett Nance struck a throat-high cable strung between two trees at the property in 2005. Nance won the judgment against park owners, including Michael Carr.

Literacy night scheduled

May 4, 2011 The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St., will present a “fun family literacy night” about baseball at 6 p.m. Thursday.  All children will receive a free book. Refreshments will be served and door prizes given. For more information, call (870) 793-0627.The free event is open to the public.

Sewer proposal tops agenda

May 4, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear a report on the proposed expansion of the sewer system, Manager John Richardson said.The proposed expansion is known as the Phase II wastewater expansion.The directors will also discuss an agreement with Ind-Co Net LLC and review April water and wastewater financial reports and an April system totals report.Current water and wastewater bills will also be reviewed.

Rabies reports running high this year

May 4, 2011 The number of reported cases of rabies in skunks is running higher this year than normal, Independence County Extension Agent Stan Carter said.“Arkansas has already had 34 positive cases. Usually, we just have 32 in a whole year,” he said.“Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that is most often transmitted through the bite of a wild infected animal such as a skunk, bat, fox or raccoon,” said state Extension veterinarian Dustan Clark.

Student Tased at junior high for resisting arrest

May 4, 2011 A Batesville student was Tased twice after he refused to be arrested for allegedly hitting a female student in the chest during study hall.According to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, the 13-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was summoned to the office Thursday around 1:30 p.m.Deputy John Carroll, who also serves as the school resource officer, said he was talking with the student, along with Assistant Principal Bob Williamson at the Batesville Junior High School about some discipline issues when the incident occurred.