Police have no suspects in the theft of a pole trailer stolen from Ridgewood Timber Corporation on East Harrison Street in Batesville.
Sherri Brewer, secretary for the company, told Deputy Shawn Stephens the trailer was taken sometime between June 11 of last year and Thursday. Brewer said the trailer had been returned in June at the end of its lease period and was checked back into inventory by her.
Believed to be under the influence of pain medication and other drugs when he trashed his girlfriend’s home, 44-year-old Timothy Brock of Cedar Grove Road, was arrested for third-degree assault Sunday morning.
Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said he met with Blanch Huffine at a nearby church after she fled the house to call police because she was in fear for the safety of herself and her elderly mother.
“She said that her boyfriend, Timothy Brock, was on something and was tearing the residence apart,” Stephens said.
BEEBE (AP) — Authorities say a train has collided with a vehicle in White County.
Police received a call at 6 a.m. Saturday of an abandoned vehicle on the railroad crossing in Beebe.
Officers say the driver wasn’t in the car when the train hit it. The train engineer attempted to stop but couldn’t.
No injuries were reported.
Police say a woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
TRUMANN (AP) — Fire officials have released the name of a 13-month-old boy who died in a house fire in Trumann.
Craighead County Deputy Coroner Milton Harbison said Blake Pierce died from inhalation of super-heated gases at the family’s home on Friday.
Fire Lt. Revis Kemper says neighbors were able to remove Blake, and his twin brother, Drake, from the burning home, and Kemper found their 3-year-old brother, Bubba, unresponsive under a bed.
KENSETT (AP) — Fire has destroyed the city hall building and most of the structures on a block in Kensett.
Authorities say no one was in any of the buildings when the blaze erupted Sunday night, and no injuries were reported.
Fire Chief Allen Edge said the fire started in or near an apartment building and spread to a storage business next door.
The flames then overtook city hall and a building that was being converted into a food pantry for a local church.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas lottery official says there have been no issues with electronic ticket scanners since the agency began selling lottery tickets in 2009.
Interim director Julie Baldridge issued the statement Thursday after a convenience store employee testified at a trial over the disputed ownership of a lottery prize that a customer discarded the ticket because a scanner indicated it wasn’t a winner.
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe recently announced that Arkansas’ public education system placed fifth nationally in the 2012 Quality Counts analysis by Education Week, a nationally respected journal of education policy.
“I am excited by Arkansas’s continued rise in the Education Week rankings, but there is more hard work ahead of us,” Beebe said. “We’ve come a long way as a state in our pursuit of academic excellence, and we’ll continue making improvements that help our students and our state’s future.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Lee Mayberry was 10 years old the first time Nolan Richardson watched him dribble a basketball.
It was 1981, and both were in Tulsa — Richardson as the University of Tulsa’s new coach and Mayberry as a kid whose older sister was dating Richardson’s son.
At that time, Richardson couldn’t know Mayberry would become an All-America point guard for him at Arkansas and a first-round NBA Draft pick.
“He’s still the same Lee Mayberry I first saw all those years ago,” Richardson said. “All the success he had, it never went to his head or changed him.
BELGRADE, Serbia — Heavy snow and a severe cold snap killed at least 32 people across eastern Europe and many areas were under emergency measures today as schools closed down, roads became impassible and power supplies were cut off.
As temperatures dropped to around minus 4 degrees, authorities opened emergency shelters and urged people to be careful and remain indoors.
TOKYO — Japan’s rapid aging means the national population of 128 million will shrink by one-third by 2060 and seniors will account for 40 percent of people, placing a greater burden on the shrinking work force population to support the social security and tax systems.
The population estimate released today by the Health and Welfare Ministry paints a grim future.
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 17, 1992.
96 YEARS AGO
Work started a few days ago on the new cotton gin to be the property of John W. Glenn on his farm near O’Neal, several miles west of Batesville. The structure will take the place of the plant destroyed in May by the cyclone which swept that section of the country. A great deal of the machinery, which was practically new when the cyclone struck, can be used again, but some parts will have to be replaced. The building was a total wreck and will have to be rebuilt.
Andrea Bruner’s Jan. 25 article on the city council meeting that clarified the proposed sandstone works north of Batesville was a superb exposition of public views. The article was fair, balanced, positive, helpful, informative, good-willed.
My view is gratification that the vast deposits of St. Peters Sandstone to our north will result in upped employment and availability of natural gas energy. God put the gas and the enabling sand supplies here long, long ago, and it’s heartening to see God’s Providences unfold, giving local and national blessings.