HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A Garland County sheriff’s deputy wasn’t injured when his police vehicle struck the front of a building in Hot Springs.
The sheriff’s office says deputy Matthew Wharton was headed to a disturbance call involving possible gunfire about 9 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of the car and slammed into a business. The concrete facade collapsed onto the unit, destroying it, and the business received substantial damage.
Wharton was taken to a local hospital and was released.
VAN BUREN (AP) — A Van Buren teenager who was burned during a bonfire last week has been released from the hospital.
Cole Plunkett, 18, was released from the hospital over the weekend.
Family members say he and 18-year-old Austin Gann suffered second- and third-degree burns Dec. 20 at a bonfire at a private residence. Their medical outlooks improved and they were upgraded to good condition in recent days.
Gann remained at a Little Rock hospital in good condition.
Donations are being accepted for both teens at Citizens Bank in Van Buren.
FORT SMITH (AP) — A city official who wants alcohol sales to be allowed in the western Arkansas community of Barling has started circulating a petition with hopes of collecting enough signatures to put the issue before voters.
Bruce Farrar, a member of the Barling Board of Directors, said so far he has gathered about 850 signatures from registered voters. By law, he’ll need 2,445 registered voter signatures to get the issue on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
White River Automotive Inc. is located between Batesville and Desha at 610 Heber Springs Road, offering a full-service auto repair center, according to manager Doug Yates.
“We service both domestic and import vehicles,” Yates said recently. “Our services include oil changes, transmission work, wheel alignment, brake service and air conditioning.
“We also do fuel injection service, timing belts, ball joints, exhaust systems, front-end alignment and something new, on-car brake lathe that turns the rotor to a custom fit, not a generic as decided by the lathe.”
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 14, 1992.
95 YEARS AGO
If there is a continuation of the spirit which prevailed at the meeting of the businessmen here at the courthouse Wednesday afternoon, Batesville will have no trouble maintaining in the future one of the most active commercial organizations in the state of Arkansas.
JONESBORO — Guard-circulation area high school basketball teams went 1-3 over the weekend and Monday in the Division I brackets of the NEA Tournament.
The win was provided by the third-seeded Izard County Cougars on Friday night when they knocked off the 14th-seeded Armorel Tigers 68-46 in a first-round contest.
Batesville Pioneer football underclassmen received statewide recognition over the weekend.
Jordan Childress, a junior tailback, was named to the Associated Press Super Team while Joey Rodriguez, an inside linebacker, was named to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Super Sophomore Team.
Childress, who was one of three selected as an all-purpose player, gained 2,252 yards and scored 28 touchdowns at the tailback position as the Pioneers won their second straight 5A-East District title and reached the state championship game while posting an 11-3 record this fall.
Just a few hours away from home picking pecans was all the time needed for someone to take April Searcy’s car from her home in Oil Trough.
Searcy told Deputy Ben Keener that she left her residence with her mother around 10 a.m. Monday to pick up pecans and when they returned around 3:30 p.m., her 1998 Suzuki Esteem was missing from her driveway.
“Ms. Searcy stated she had left the keys in the vehicle and that she didn’t have any suspects,” Keener said.
A Cave City woman involved in a two-vehicle accident that left her pinned underneath her Toyota Tacoma Thursday night has been cited for drunk driving, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
Misty Brown, 42, was traveling down the left-hand lane of Brewer Hill Road around 10:15 p.m., after reportedly being refused admittance to the local Moose Club, when she ran into an Izuzu Rodeo driven by 31-year-old George Foster of Batesville.
Ask Pastor Curley Roberts and color shouldn’t stand in the way of what church you attend. Many might consider Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Batesville as a “black church,” but for Roberts it doesn’t matter if a person is black, white, poor or wealthy — just as long as he or she knows who to serve.
“In this church we preach love and unity, and that’s with all people. Love your neighbor as yourself. We hope and pray when you come through that door you feel love here,” Roberts said.
SOUTHSIDE — Linda Ritter was on her way home Wednesday evening when she got a call from her sister Vickie Smith asking if she and her family were OK.
The police scanner had reported a house fire on Ritter’s street, Hardin Lane in Southside, and she was worried. When Smith told her what she had heard on the scanner, Ritter felt relieved, thinking the fire was on the opposite end of the street she lived, but a call to dispatch by Smith would confirm what no family wants to hear any day of the year, let alone just days before Christmas.
Batesville is giving a recreation tax another go — just on a smaller scale than the last.
Tonight at its regular meeting, the city council will discuss holding a special election for a 1-cent parks and recreation tax. The city’s bond attorney, Ryan Bowman from Friday, Eldredge & Clark, is expected to attend the meeting.
On Aug. 10, 2010, city voters turned down a 1 1/4-cent sales tax that would have paid for a $45 million community center at Fitzhugh Park and ball complex on Gap Road.