Voters in Garland Co. sue over polling places

June 9, 2010 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Three voters in Garland County have filed suit over Tuesday’s runoff elections, arguing that the Garland County Election Commission disenfranchised voters by drastically reducing the number of polling locations.The lawsuit, filed Tuesday afternoon in Garland County Circuit Court, accuses the commission of intentionally disenfranchising minority, elderly, poor and disabled voters. Garland County had 40 polling places for the May 18 primaries but only two for the runoff elections.

Lyon students awarded grants for cave research

June 9, 2010 Lyon College students Martha Moreno and Maci Powers have received grants from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium.Moreno received a $5,000 grant as did Powers. The funds will be used to research microbial diversity in Ozark region caves.

Weight loss group to meet

June 9, 2010 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.Jennifer Lambert will attend. For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

Housing board to meet

June 9, 2010 The Board of Commissioners of the White River Housing Authority will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Italian Grill Restaurant in Batesville. The meeting is open to the public.

Reception to honor retiring Highland superintendent

June 9, 2010 HIGHLAND — Retiring Highland School District Superintendent Ronnie Brogdon will be honored with a reception from 2-4 p.m. June 13 at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center at Highland. Brogdon has been a member of the Highland staff since 1978 after coming from Westside High School in Jonesboro. He graduated from Batesville High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas College (now Lyon). He received his master’s in math from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

Voters choose Causey

June 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Chad Causey has won the Democratic nomination for the seat in Congress last held by his boss, Rep. Marion Berry.Causey defeated former state legislator Tim Wooldridge in Tuesday’s runoff election. Berry announced his retirement earlier this year.The 34-year-old Causey worked for nine years in Berry’s office, and the last four he served as chief of staff.Causey gained the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton. He’ll face Republican Rick Crawford in November.

Wren holds Dist. 71

June 9, 2010 Approximately 34 percent of the voters in Izard County voted in the Tuesday runoff election with 68 percent casting their votes for Tommy Wren for state representative for District 71.Wren faced both Mayor Mike Cone of Melbourne and Darrell Sullivan of Mountain View in the May primary and held the lead throughout, but not enough to avoid a runoff with Cone.The watch party was well-attended at the Ashley House in Melbourne with a continual flow of congratulations for Wren. He will replace Rep. Eddie Cooper who was term-limited.

‘Comeback Kid’ issues statement

June 9, 2010 Immediately after U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln was notified she was the unofficial winner she issued the following statement:“President Clinton called me tonight when it was clear we were going to win and said, “Blanche, you’re the new Comeback Kid!”“I know without a doubt that I did not do this alone — we did this together. You stood with me when the going got tough and we overcame all the odds to earn this great victory for Arkansas. Our triumph tonight is a testament of our strength and your steadfast support.

Lincoln wins! Beats anger on left, now must face right

June 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Sen. Blanche Lincoln pushed back against anger on the left and survived a multi-million-dollar threat to her political career, winning the runoff for Arkansas’ Democratic Senate nomination. Next up is surviving remaining anger on the right.

Grievance hearing set for county judge’s employee

June 9, 2010 Although it wasn’t on their agenda, members of the Independence County Quorum Court Tuesday night set a grievance hearing for 9 a.m. June 18 to hear a case being brought before them regarding the alleged firing of county employee Claudette Jones on May 24.County Judge Bill Hicks was not at the meeting. He told the Guard this morning that he didn’t feel he should discuss the issue in detail since a hearing had been set. He also said he didn’t fire Jones, but that she had quit following a disagreement between them.