Man arrested for fleeing after near miss with cop

October 19, 2010 A glance in his side mirror let an Independence County sheriff’s drug officer see a close call from a vehicle he had just met at an intersection Thursday afternoon.Narcotics Officer John Scarbrough, said he and Deputy Chris Toland were traveling west on White Drive at the intersection of Highway 167 around 4:30 p.m. when the driver of an oncoming Dodge Durango almost struck the rear of their truck as he drove by and then crossed the center line.

Bulb sale to be Saturday

October 19, 2010 An Independence County Master Gardeners Bulb Sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Independence County Cooperative Extension Office at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville, according to a news release. “The sale will include tulips, alliums, crocus, iris, hyacinth, daffodil/narcissus, leucojum (snowdrop) lilies, crocosmia, crinnum lilies and hardy calla lilies,” the release states. “Experienced Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer advice and demonstrations on successful bulb selection and planting techniques.

Park party lands 9 people in jail

October 19, 2010 MELBOURNE — Nine people who reportedly had drugs and alcohol at a public place perhaps should have stayed home to party instead.Izard County deputies received information that a possible drug and alcohol party was being held at the old Melbourne City Park Friday, near the flooring mill and responded to the scene.Seven men and two women were brought to the Izard County jail, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence:

51 fires fought since Friday

October 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission says its crews have contained 51 fires that burned 393 acres since 3:30 p.m. Friday.A news release from the commission Monday said the fires are being fought with several single-engine air tankers that drop water on the blazes — three stationed at Hot Springs, and one each at Monticello, Camden and Searcy.

More small quakes recorded

October 19, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — An area in northern Faulkner County where a number of small earthquakes have been recorded in recent months has produced still more.The U.S. Geological Survey said that, after six quakes were recorded Friday, three quakes were recorded Saturday, three more on Sunday and four on Monday, all in the vicinity of the community of Guy.According to USGS, these quakes were recorded, listed by day, time and magnitude:Saturday — 2:04 a.m., 1.6 magnitude; 4:43 a.m., 3.5 magnitude; and 9:29 a.m., 1.6 magnitude.

CAP rated excellent

October 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol received an overall “Excellent” grade from the Air Force after a two-day test of CAP’s readiness to respond to search and rescue, disaster relief, and homeland security missions.

Pioneer junior varsity gridders rally in 2nd half, move to 7-0

October 19, 2010 The Batesville junior varsity football team closed within one game of an unbeaten season by rallying past the Jonesboro Golden Hurricane for a 29-19 victory Monday in Pioneer Stadium.The visitors led 19-14 at halftime.Batesville’s first score came in the opening quarter when Javier Rodriguez intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. Mario Garcia kicked the first of three point afters.The Pioneers’ second-quarter score came on a 22-yard run by tailback Sergio Archuleta.

O’Neal resigns

October 19, 2010 Batesville Alder-man Richard O’Neal has resigned, effective this morning.O’Neal had been remodeling his home in Westside but has found a home outside the city limits. “They called me about it; I went out to look at it and fell in love with it immediately,” he told the Guard this morning. “We closed on it last Wednesday.”O’Neal, who is the facilities manager for the Batesville School District, said he plans to start moving Wednesday of this week.

Sharp gets burn ban

October 18, 2010 ASH FLAT — A burn ban for Sharp County has been issued effective today and will remain in effect until Sharp County experiences significant rainfall.“After checking with Gene Moore, Sharp County Fire Department coordinator, the state forestry service and others in various parts of the county, the burn ban was determined to be in the best interest of the people of Sharp County,” Larry Brown, Sharp County judge, said.

Bethesda man shoots self

October 18, 2010 A Bethesda man in the emergency room of White River Medical Center with a gunshot wound Friday morning told police his wound was the result of an accident.Independence County Deputy Randy Jones said he spoke with 30-year-old Lucas Hooper of Kim Lori Lane who said that he was moving a rifle when it went off.Hooper said he was at Jason Long’s house on Fisher Lane playing video games when he picked up a .22 caliber lever action rifle off the couch and it went off, shooting him in the hand.