Crews battle 8 wildfires

April 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission says crews have suppressed 21 wildfires in the state and are battling eight more. The commission said Wednesday the fires had burned 253 acres since 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Commission spokeswoman Christina Fowler says crews had contained about a dozen of the fires by late Wednesday afternoon.The active fires are burning in Cleveland, Columbia, Grant, Greene, Hot Springs, Lincoln, Miller, Nevada and White counties.A Red Flag Warning has been issued for most of Arkansas until late Wednesday.

3.6 quake near Greenbrier

April 7, 2011 GREENBRIER (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a magnitude 3.6 earthquake near Greenbrier in central Arkansas.No injuries or damage is reported.The quake was recorded at 9:34 p.m. about two miles northeast of Greenbrier. The site is about 35 miles north of Little Rock.There have been more than 1,000 quakes in the area since September — including the largest quake to hit the state in 35 years — a magnitude 4.7 on Feb. 27.


April 7, 2011 Incorrect information was provided to the Guard in regards to a photo in Wednesday’s edition. The Harding University Pied Pipers visited the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center.

Yearbooks found after 15 years

April 7, 2011 Linda Penn Garrison couldn’t imagine where her old high school yearbooks were. It had been years since she actually laid eyes on them, but she never dreamed a former classmate would be handing them to her at church one recent Sunday morning.Gary Anderson, a fellow Pioneer class of 1964 grad, delivered the books after receiving them from Paul Hayward, who is employed by the Batesville School District’s transportation department. Hayward had found the yearbooks at a house on Watson Road.

Guitars, gun, cash stolen from home

April 7, 2011 Police are looking for whoever broke into two homes in west Batesville taking guitars, a gun and cash.State Street resident Alfred Garcia told Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Croom that he had been out of town since Monday and when he returned Wednesday morning discovered his home had been burglarized.“When he entered his home he noticed the rear door had been forced open and also noticed his guitars were missing,” Croom said. “The rear door appeared to have been kicked in and there was damage to the door and door frame.”

Cursive almost lost; New standards could erase handwriting from curriculum

April 7, 2011 Concentration was key to making the letters “d” and “g” for many students in Carol Williams’ second-grade class at Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary one recent afternoon.Heeding their teacher’s instruction to “start at the 2 o’clock position,” students at their desks hunched over their wide-ruled handwriting notebooks with pencils in hand, ever so careful to form the lowercase letters in cursive.

New pawn/novelty shop offers ‘melted’ clocks, gag gifts, more

April 7, 2011 The last thing you’d expect to greet you when walking into McBride’s Pawn and Novelty Shop at 2517 Harrison St. is the large selection of items you normally don’t see in a pawn shop, including melted clocks and horror movie shower sets alongside fine jewelry and quality pen sets.“We’re not going to be your typical pawn shop,” said Wayne McBride, who runs the shop with his wife, Angela. “We want this store to be something special where customers can come and find (or pawn) quality items.

BHS halts cafeteria charges

April 7, 2011 Batesville High School will be ceasing cafeteria charges for seniors beginning May 6, according to a news release.All meal purchases will be on a pre-pay or cash basis. Students in kindergarten through 11th grades also will be on a pre-pay or cash basis after May 13. Parents are encouraged to have their children’s cafeteria accounts paid in full by the last day of school on June 2. Money can be sent to the school or by using Parents can call to get their children’s identification numbers.

First Church plans free concert

April 7, 2011 First Church will sponsor several events this weekend.Main Street Praise, a free gospel concert featuring Larry Carter, formerly of The McGruders, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the “pocket park” on Main Street.The Kingdom Kids Special Service with several activities for children will be at 10 a.m. Sunday. The special guest will be the Rev. Billy Barnett.Friends Day will also begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. Carter will be the guest speaker. Door prizes will be given away. A meal will be provided after the service.The church is located at 240 White Drive in Batesville.

2 city-wide yard sales planned

April 7, 2011 Two area communities have announced spring city-wide yard sales.Newark Chamber of Commerce will host its event beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. For more information call (870) 613-2840, (870) 307-3335 or (870) 799-3808.The Salem event will be held in Saturday in conjunction with the eighth annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market. A map with a listing of yard sale addresses will be available at area businesses. Many area businesses will have special sales on this date.For more information, call (870) 895-5565 or (870) 458-3080 or email