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BHS Beta Club raises money for water filters in Nepal

A water filter is shown in use.

In the fall of 2016, Batesville High School Principal David Campbell had the opportunity to travel to Nepal and see firsthand people without clean drinking water.
Campbell said he was able to hike through the Himalayas in East . . . more »


Landers appeals obstruction ruling

Just over two weeks after being found guilty of obstructing a government operation, and ordered to pay a $225 fine, Lance Landers of Batesville appealed the ruling Thursday morning in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk's . . . more »


AG asks Public Service Commission to investigate power plant settlement

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Thursday she is asking the Arkansas Public Service Commission to review a pending settlement agreement among Entergy Arkansas LLC, the Sierra Club and the . . . more »


Jurors see firsthand what guards did to youths

Testimony that was presented Wednesday revealed how kids were victims of abuse while being incarcerated at the Batesville youth facility.
A criminal trial got underway this week in the case of two former jailers at the White . . . more »


Westside fire of suspicious nature

The Batesville Fire Department responded to a fire of suspicious nature in west Batesville Wednesday afternoon.
The department was dispatched around 5:15 to a report of a structure fire in the 500 block of Mark Street and . . . more »


Suspects point fingers at each other in drug arrest

ASH FLAT -- Suspects in a drug arrest in Sharp County first claimed they didn't have drugs in a vehicle and then when drugs were found, said they belonged the other, according to a court affidavit.
On Nov. 29 at approximately 1 . . . more »


35 Years Ago
Debbie Gonzales, 16, won the Miss City Beautiful title and crown in pageant ceremonies Thursday night. Tina Edwards, 16, was picked first runner-up, and Terrie Allen, 15, was chosen second runner-up. Each girl . . . more »


5 arrested for battery

MELBOURNE -- The Izard County Sheriff's Office has arrested four men and one woman people for battery recently for battery and other charges, announced Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley.
Aaron Matthew Watson, 28, of Melbourne was . . . more »


Council sets budget, solid waste fines

Photo by Frank Wallis

Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh here provides glowing commentary on the work of aldermen Margarett Henley and David Shetron. Both did not seek re-election to the council. Shetron has served since being appointed to the council in January 2006. Henley was first elected to the council in 2008 and began service Jan. 1, 2009.

The Batesville City Council honored two long-serving aldermen and adopted a budget for 2019 during its last regular meeting of 2018.
On Tuesday night aldermen Margarett Henley and David Shetron were presented plaques . . . more »


Southside Junior All Region Choir

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Twenty-two Southside students in grades 7-9 were chosen by blind panel judge auditions to be included in the Junior High All Region Choirs. In the front row (from left) are Carys Clark, Gabriella Amador, Paige Kimble and Stephanie Nelms; second row -- Eryn Sherrill, Karlie Pollard, Samantha Reyes (first chair alto 2), Kara Nast and Anna Berg; third row -- Brayden Lee, Chase McElroy, Robert Pennywitt, Sarah Barber, Haleigh Mohlke and Cassie Dove; and back row -- Eli Dockins, Evan Bray (first chair bass 2), Stephanie Taylor, Brittany Sanders, Emma Patterson and Laura Pitcher. Not pictured is Madison Page (second chair soprano 2). The All Region clinic and concert were held in Jonesboro.

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All American Cheerleaders

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Cedar Ridge High School cheerleaders Shalynn Sisk and Aaliyah Travis were selected as All American Cheerleaders at camp this summer and were invited to the Varsity Spirit Spectacular at Walt Disney World. The girls marched in the parade and got to participate in a number of activities during their trip from Nov. 28-Dec. 3.

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Wheels put into motion for jail

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Sheriff Mark Counts looks over an architectural rendering of the new Sharp County Jail at a kickoff meeting to get the project officially underway on Monday. The planned 100-bed facility will have more than twice the space for inmates than the current jail, which is meant to house less than 40 but averages more than 50 inmates a night. On his right is jail committee member Kevin Dienst.

ASH FLAT -- Sharp County took a step closer to its new jail with a "kickoff meeting" on Monday where elected representatives and those responsible for building the jail discussed what will be done moving forward.
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35 Years Ago
From Paul Buchanan's Two Cents Worth column:
How are your telephone manners? "Hello" is common but not very informative. But then, neither is the common response in many other countries.
Germans answer with their . . . more »


S-Rock to meet
SULPHUR ROCK -- The city of Sulphur Rock will hold its regular monthly council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. The agenda includes general business, said Ann Heathwaite, city recorder.
Southside water, wastewater budgets . . . more »


Witness takes keys from man swerving on road; driver jailed for intoxication

MELBOURNE -- A man who drove from Mountain View to Calico Rock, was "all over the road," and nearly hit multiple vehicles was arrested but claimed to have no knowledge of the meth found in his pocket, according to an affidavit . . . more »


Classic Italy, festival highlight Travel Club schedule

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Connie Coots (from left) and Kay Reynolds, both of Batesville, and Doris Lillard of Charlotte participate in a Citizens Bank Travel Club walking tour of Zermatt, a town in Switzerland perhaps best known because of the famous Matterhorn that can be viewed from almost any place in the village.

The Citizens Bank Travel Club has released an ambitious schedule of monthly activities for 2019.
"The Travel Club enjoyed a varied calendar of monthly events in 2018, topped by three dozen members exploring the Alpine countries . . . more »


Brown earns PhD


Clare Brown successfully defended her PhD dissertation from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health on Dec. 7.
Brown's defense completed the requirements for her doctor of . . . more »


Chamber sets date for annual meeting, gala

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its plans for its 2019 annual meeting and gala, set for Friday, Jan. 25, at the Batesville Community Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Chamber members and the community will . . . more »


Jail compliance, juvenile detention reports top meeting

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Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens hands out a copy of his monthly report to Justice of the Peace Brad Covington prior to Monday night's Quorum Court meeting

In a continuing effort to regain a status of being in compliance with state jail standards, Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens told the Independence County Quorum Court Monday night that his office is dealing with several . . . more »


Trump still holds electoral advantage

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William Jefferson Clinton professor of international politics Bradley Gitz discusses his predictions for the 2020 elections in "What 2018 Means for 2020: A Conversation on the Mid-Term Elections." He, along with Skip Rutherford, spoke to a gathering of students and the public at Lyon College on Thursday.

The outcome of the 2020 Presidential election is likely to hinge on three states and Arkansas isn't going to be one of them.
Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Skip Rutherford, a Batesville . . . more »


Toys donated for area 'Angels'

Citizens Bank employees (from left) Alissa Strother, Paula Ford, Jeffrey Freiert and Gene Crawford transfer bags and bags of "Angel Tree" gifts from the bank's Main Branch in downtown Batesville to a truck that will haul them to the Independence County Fairgrounds. Citizens Bank is fulfilling the Christmas wishes of 68 local children, assisted by donations from several local businesses and individuals.

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Citizens Bank employees line up Monday to load "Angel Tree" bicycles, toys and other Christmas gifts for delivery to the Independence County Fairgrounds to be distributed as part of the "Angel Tree" program . . . more »


35 Years Ago
Richard S. Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rorex of Batesville, has been named an "Engineering Student of Academic Distinction" by the University o f Arkansas College of Engineering.
Allen, 22, a graduate of . . . more »


A Glance at Days Gone By

By day he is a dentist, but by night he turns an eye to the sky.
Dr. Doug Matthews is a longtime astronomy enthusiast and, as shown in this Aug. 17, 1987, article in the Guard, has taught classes at Lyon College and the . . . more »


L-U ARK 4-H makes donation to Main Street

The L-U ARK 4-H Club in Bethesda made a donation to the Main Street Batesville after 4-H'ers held a Haunted History Tour in October.
The activity was held rain or shine in downtown Batesville. The 4-H'ers and leaders searched . . . more »


Felon takes pot to jail

Convicted of at least 11 prior felonies, 44-year-old Richard Allen Wiltrout of Batesville racked up another when he allegedly introduced marijuana into the Independence County jail recently.
In a court affidavit, Independence . . . more »


New occupants on Main Street

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Bank of Cave City staff serve cookies and cider Thursday as they visit with their new neighbors in the recently opened branch on Main Street in Batesville. The staff hosted the meet-and-greet as a chance to get to know the other occupants of 1141 Plaza (sometimes known as the "mirror building"). The new branch is a full-service location and is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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37 Years Ago
From Paul Buchanan's Two Cents Worth column:
• If you were asked to name the five biggest businesses in this country, chances are you wouldn't even mention one of them. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported . . . more »


Domestic assault allegedly caught on Facetime app

A domestic dispute between a Cave City man and his pregnant girlfriend has resulted in his arrest on felony domestic battering, according to a court affidavit.
Detective Michael Moody with the Independence County Sheriff's . . . more »


September sees slow sales

September marked the end of summer and much like the weather, retail sales cooled down in the county.
As the region settled into its fall routine with children returning to school, college students coming back to town and . . . more »


m-pact tickets available
The Batesville Daily Guard has some free tickets available for subscribers only for Friday's performance of the a capella vocal group m-pact. The first five subscribers to the Guard office will receive . . . more »


Watson appointed to Board of Trustees


MELBOURNE -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently announced the appointment of Mike Watson to the Ozarka College Board of Trustees.
His seven-year term will expire in 2025. Watson is a graduate of Melbourne High School and holds a . . . more »


Pickup order issued for probation violator

When Rickey Bell was arrested in June of this for drug possession and operating a drug house, he was freed on $10,000 bond and ordered to report weekly to the local probation office for drug testing.
Now, six months later, a . . . more »


WRHS employee completes certification


Kathy Thomas recently completed the Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) Examination through the Compliance Certification Board (CCB), earning the CHC designation.
Healthcare compliance was created to help the government . . . more »


35 Years Ago
In a photo in today's paper, Maribeth Lynes of the University of Arkansas Admissions Office and Fred Livingston, past president of the UA Alumni Association, present dictionaries to three Batesville High School . . . more »


Izard Spelling Bee

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Melbourne, Izard County Consolidated and Calico Rock each brought 20 of their best spellers to compete in the 2018-19 Izard County Spelling Bee at Ozarka College on Thursday. The Melbourne Bearkatz dominated, having four out of the top five including the first-place winner, eighth-grader Olivia Washington (far right). Olivia and Ava Lewis (second from right) from ICC battled hard through several rounds, but in the end, Olivia came away the champ by spelling the winning word, "Bolivar." The other top five finishers were: Sophie Love (center), third; Bennett Blakenship, fourth; and Allie Cone (far left), fifth.

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A snowy ride on The Polar Express

Thomas Faircloth, the conductor, punches train tickets for passengers. About 900 attended the event, which had been moved ahead one day to Thursday to beat the chance of inclement weather. Last year, officials expected around 300 but ended up with 700. Besides the namesake train ride, there were visits with Santa, photo ops with Mrs. Claus, Frosty and Rudolph, games, crafts and refreshments -- all free of charge. See more photos inside.

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Readers asked to submit photos for magazine
The Batesville Daily Guard is currently working on its next issue of Oomph! magazine that will be published in the latter part of January, and we have a good lineup of stories about . . . more »


Cave City School District will resume August 13

CAVE CITY -- Cave City School District will resume classes Aug. 13.
Superintendent is Steven Green.
Administrative assistants is Kim Carter, and assistant bookkeeper is Margaret Beever. District treasurer is Lisa Albertson.
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Photo by Lavonna Ables

Crystal Bozeman (middle of group), her sons Aaron (in the front) and Coleman Bozeman (on the right), her mom grandmother Veneicia Price (behind boys on left), and others make their way past the barns Tuesday night. They are in the Kripple Creek 4-H Club. Coleman and Aaron showed chickens and rabbits this year; their mom Crystal Bozeman was also in 4-H when she was in school. The other two boys are Price's grandsons, also: Zach Burns and Jacob Price. Club Leader Veneicia Price said they had been working in the 4-H food booth Tuesday night.

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'Bike Batesville' starts today

The Batesville Parks and Recreation Department is leading a Bike Batesville program free to the public each week for the rest of the summer.
Starting today, bike riders are invited to meet every Thursday evening in the south . . . more »