Photo contest announced

July 7, 2010 NEWPORT — The Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council in Newport is again sponsoring the popular Photo Contest and Show, according to a news release. The contest is open to all ages and ribbons will be awarded to the winning photographers. There is no charge for entering a photo. All entries will be displayed in the Newport Business and Resource Center in downtown Newport for the public to see and enjoy. The photos can be of any subject matter such as people, pets, landscapes, flowers, etc. Only amateur photos will be accepted.

Movie to be screened

July 7, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 9 p.m. Friday.The 25th anniversary special edition of “The Last Starfighter” starring Lance Guest and Robert Preston will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune in 88.1FM for the audio. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown inside.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.

Police: Standoff ends when suspect shoots himself

July 7, 2010 NEWPORT (AP) — Authorities say a brief standoff in Jackson County ended after a suspect shot and killed himself.County Sheriff David Lucas says the standoff took place at a home at the former Newport Air Force Base on Tuesday afternoon. He says that when authorities arrived, an adult and child left the home but a man, identified as Michael Hogan, would not leave.

Fran Troy retires

July 7, 2010 Fran Troy now has another key to the bank.This one commemorates her years in the banking field and was given to her by First Community Bank CEO Dale Cole during her retirement party Friday.After 50 years in banking, the last 13 of them at First Community Bank, Fran has decided to stay home. “I don’t have any particular plans right now, but I’m sure I’ll find something to do,” she told the Guard recently as she sat at her desk trying to finish up some work amidst all the phone calls and drop-in visitors wishing her good luck.

Higher Ground to perform

July 7, 2010 The July 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk will feature The Higher Ground Band, a regional group that helped launch the Saturday Open Market by playing in the pocket park, returns to the park for 2nd Friday this week. Higher Ground plays the music of Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, and other legendary rockers.

Shaw recognized by city

July 7, 2010 If you lined all the cars Larry Shaw has built from bumper to bumper, they would stretch for 18 miles — all the way to Pleasant Plains. That’s a lot of cars, well over 4,000, and Larry Shaw Race Cars, based in Southside, shows no signs of slowing down. Best known for his open wheel modified and late model chassis, Shaw’s race cars have crossed the finish line first in almost every major dirt track race in the country.Shaw and his family were recognized Tuesday night by Mayor Rick Elumbaugh and the Batesville City Council.

Base holds memorial: Yauch, O’Bryan honored

July 7, 2010 JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Joint Base Lewis-McChord held a memorial service today for two soldiers killed by a car bomb in Iraq.Sgt. Israel P. O’Bryan, 24, of Newbern, Tenn., and 23-year-old Cpl. William Chris Yauch of Batesville, died June 11 when insurgents attacked their unit in Jalula, Iraq.Both were members of the 5th Stryker brigade that deployed last August.The funeral service for Yauch was held June 20 in Batesville where people came by the hundreds to pay their respect to the fallen soldier.

Judge, employee find middle ground

July 7, 2010 A heated argument between the Independence County judge and his eight-year employee has ended with her still working for the county. A grievance hearing scheduled to go before the justices of the peace was canceled after attorneys for county employee Claudette Jones and Independence County Judge Bill Hicks came to an agreement.Hicks was represented by Mike Rainwater with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, P.A. Jones was represented by Batesville Attorney Blair Arnold.

Wood span over track attracts notice in Bono

July 6, 2010 BONO (AP) — A 1927 wooden bridge over railroad tracks is at the center of a debate in this small community in the Delta.Some residents hope to preserve it as part of the region’s heritage, but county officials say safety is a major concern that could require that it be demolished.A bridge above what are now the tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad was first built in 1882, then replaced in 1927 after a fire.

Heat blankets U.S. as workers return after holiday

July 6, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — Temperatures soared toward 100 degrees or more today along much of the East Coast, sending utilities into peak operation as air conditioners strained to cool the sweating masses and sending the unlucky into cooling centers — or anywhere else they could beat the heat.