When I read the headlines in Monday’s Batesville Guard Aug. 24th about Jennifer Davidson and her window, I got so mad I couldn’t see straight.
I was so proud of the way she handled the situation. She didn’t back down to the threats but stood her ground. Folks, if you remember, it was Jennifer that was trying so hard over a year ago to shed some light on the condition of Main Street in getting it cleaned up. I was grateful to know that someone would speak out like she did.
MOUNTAIN HOME — On Tuesday, at approximately 3 p.m., deputies from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance on Bonnie Lassie Lane, in the city of Briarcliff, that involved a man with ties to Independence County.
NEWPORT — A 51-year-old Tuckerman man died in a two-vehicle crash about 3:05 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 67 north of Newport, according to Arkansas State Trooper Doug Cash.
Tommy Wayne Emory was driving a 2000 Buick north on Highway 67 when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a southbound 1999 Kenworth truck, Cash said.
Emory was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County coroner.
Nineteen teenage volunteers participated in the White River Medical Center Auxiliary-sponsored Volunteen program contributing 1,090 volunteer hours at the hospital this summer.
The goal of the program is to expose young adults to health careers and to promote the philosophy of volunteerism, officials said.
Problems with a district court computer system and overtime pay for school resource officers were the topics discussed at an Independence County law enforcement committee meeting Monday night.
The committee heard a report from District Judge Chaney Taylor regarding the use of the Arkansas Court Automation Project, a bookkeeping system used by courts to properly disperse court-collected money to appropriate legal divisions.
SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL PROSECUTOR and Drug Task Force Director Don McSpadden recently distributed monies seized from drug dealers or from the most recent DTF seizure sale. Nine law enforcement agencies in the five-county district received monies. Other agencies in the district will receive equipment for safety and other law enforcement purposes from the prosecuting attorney’s portion of the sale and seizures.
EVENING SHADE — Robert Hutchison (D) has announced he is seeking election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in District 82.
The seat is currently held by Curren Everett, who is restricted by term limits from running for re-election to the House seat and is seeking the District 10 position for the Senate. District 82 includes all of Fulton County and portions of Baxter and Sharp Counties. The primary election will be held May 18, 2010 and the General Election will be November 2010.
One person has resigned from the city’s Historic District Commission, which is currently embroiled in a controversy with a downtown business over a window.
Bill Olson has resigned, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said Tuesday night at the Batesville City Council, and the city will be looking to replace him. Anyone interested in serving on the HDC may call city hall at (870) 698-2400.
WALNUT RIDGE — Lawyers were appointed during a court hearing Monday for three Smithville residents who were charged July 23 with allegedly raping a 17-year-old mentally challenged girl, according to sheriff’s investigator Capt. Jody Dotson.
The case was set for trial in the Nov. 2-13 Lawrence County Circuit Court jury term.
SEARCY — Southside Junior Southerner Coach James Housdan said he saw some positive things out of Southside’s junior and senior high football teams during scrimmages here Monday night with Riverview.
“We sure found out some of the things we’re needing to work on,” he said about the Junior Southerners. “We’re needing to work on all facets of our offense, and we need to find some depth.
Coming off their first Southerner Invitational Tournament victory, the Southside Southerners won a 4-team golf match Monday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Southside carded a team score of 124 over nine holes, beating Bald Knob by 30 strokes. Lonoke was third with a 162 and Cave City shot a 181.
Clayton House led the Southerners with a 2-over-par 38 while teammates Adam Martin and Matt Anderson added a 42 and 44, respectively.
Not factoring in the team score were Chris Martin, 47, Dalton Littleton, 50, and Tyler Devers, 59.