Library board will meet

September 1, 2010 The Independence County Library Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday upstairs in the juvenile courtroom at Third and Main streets.The meeting is open to the public.

Salado fire ruled arson

September 1, 2010 The burning of a wooden cross in the yard of a Salado residence early Saturday morning has been ruled as an act of arson, local authorities say.Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar said a passing motorist saw a glow coming from a satellite dish in the yard of a residence on Church Drive around 1 a.m. and when they turned around to get a closer look, discovered it was a wooden cross on fire and called the sheriff’s department.

Optimists announce meeting

September 1, 2010 The Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin to plan programs for the upcoming year.All members are encouraged to attend and anyone wishing to learn more about what Optimist Club does to bring out the Best in Kids is welcome to attend as well.

Air Evac victims identified

September 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The three people killed in Tuesday’s helicopter ambulance crash have been identified.Air Evac spokeswoman Julie Heavrin said pilot Kenneth Robertson, flight nurse Kenneth Meyer Jr. and flight paramedic Gayla Gregory were killed in the crash. The crew was trying to reach a person injured in a traffic accident.Air Evac Lifeteam and the Federal Aviation Administration said the Bell 206 helicopter went down near the Scotland community in Van Buren County around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Fred’s closes its doors Oct. 1

September 1, 2010 After 20 some-odd years in business, the Batesville Fred’s discount store is closing its doors the first of October.Fred’s spent many years at the intersection of Boswell and Harrison streets across from Abe’s Glass and Locksmith before moving to its current location at 3209 Harrison St. a few years ago.

Bridge gets final work

September 1, 2010 The Highway 167 bridge near Hawgs Exxon north of Batesville will be getting its final surfacing work, so drivers are urged to use caution and should expect delays over the next few days.“We will put the final surface on bridge ends tomorrow and that will last Thursday and Friday — we’ll be off for the holiday since that is a state holiday — and finish up on Tuesday,” said Mark Lamberth with Atlas Asphalt, one of the subcontractors for the job.

Obama: U.S. combat role in Iraq over

September 1, 2010 WASHINGTON — Claiming no victory, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: “It’s time to turn the page.” Now, he said, the nation’s most urgent priority is fixing its own sickly economy.

Arrest made in Lawrence murder case

September 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — For more than a year Jeane Tate has been waiting for an arrest to be made in the death of her daughter.Monday, it finally happened.Tate said she didn’t know any details but had been informed that an arrest had been made.She also knows that a trial date won’t be in the near future.“Oh Heaven. It’s a waiting game now. ... I do hope they don’t turn him loose,” Tate told the Guard on Tuesday.

Firms announce poultry venture

August 31, 2010 PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma City-based Lopez Foods and Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods have announced plans for a poultry plant in Ponca City.The companies announced Monday a joint venture with Dorada Poultry of Oklahoma City for Dorada to buy and operate the former Tyson plant in Ponca City.Officials say Dorada is expected to hire about 350 workers starting next spring and the plant is to begin operations later next year.The plant will produce chicken products for McDonald’s Restaurants.

Prisoner falls five stories

August 31, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a prisoner has fallen five stories to the ground from the rooftop of the Bi-State Justice Center at Texarkana.The roof of the building is apparently used as an exercise area for inmates. Officials said the inmate fell after scaling a fence topped with barbed wire.Neither the inmate’s condition nor name was immediately released.