Council approves another fireman

December 13, 2010 A late-minute budget session turned heated when one Batesville City Council member threw his budget down and stormed out Friday evening.The council had already balanced the general, street, water and wastewater budgets for 2011 and had prepared to approve them at the upcoming city council meeting on Tuesday, but not all “wish list” items were met.

Christmas brings hope to 4,000 area residents

December 13, 2010 Eager to help, some Eagle Mountain sixth-graders — pushing shopping carts filled with 5-pound bags of potatoes — raced while others took their time finding boxes to be filled inside the Independence County Fairgrounds Thursday morning. In one hour 1,279 boxes — already containing canned food, beans, corn flakes, sugar, shortening and other items — were stocked with the red spuds, making up what will be Christmas dinner for some 4,000 residents of Independence County.

Correction

December 10, 2010 Incorrect information was provided to the Guard regarding the date of a reception honoring Daniel and Ramona Shaffer of Batesville.The couple will be honored for their 65th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

WRAAA plans meeting

December 10, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — The White River Area Agency on Aging board of directors will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Heber Springs Community Center. Meetings are open to the public.

UofA employees set for 2 percent pay raise

December 10, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart says more than 1,500 classified employees at the school will be awarded 2 percent pay raises.Gearhart told the Northwest Arkansas Times on Thursday that the university has made salaries a high priority but that it’s difficult to provide raises when the state fails to provide any new funding.

Both Texarkana cities meet with federal judge

December 10, 2010 TEXARKANA (AP) — Representative of the governments of Texarkana, Ark., and Texarkana, Texas, have met with a federal judge who is seeking to end the dispute between the cities over their shared water utility.The Texarkana Gazette reports Judge Barry Bryant met Thursday night with the Texas city’s council, the Arkansas city’s board of directors, both mayors and both city attorneys. Bryant ordered that the discussions be kept confidential.

Call recordings heard in bookie trial

December 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal jury is hearing recorded phone calls between a Cabot bookmaker and a North Little Rock alderman during their trial in Little Rock.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the recorded calls played in court Thursday came from a wiretap on the phone of 65-year-old bookmaker George Wylie Thompson that started in December 2008.

UA-Fort Smith police chief reassigned

December 10, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — A spokesman for the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith says the school is reassigning its police chief as part of a “redirection of the work force.”Spokeswoman Sondra LaMar tells the Southwest Times Record that Kevin Thiele’s reassignment began on Nov. 22. She says Thiele now will coordinate a group of student workers who provide services, such as assisting in parking lots, which free police department officers to “handle more important duties.”

Panel hears arguments in logo dispute

December 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal trademark panel is considering arguments in a dispute over the use of a logo by the city of Hot Springs.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board met in Alexandria, Va., on Thursday to listen to attorneys from the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission and the National Park Service.

AG sues now-defunct private adoption agency

December 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The office of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a consumer-protection lawsuit has been filed against a now-defunct Little Rock adoption agency, its owners, and a former employee.A news release from McDaniel’s office Thursday said the suit was filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Adoption Advantage Inc.; its owners, Ed Webb and Donna Gail Webb; and former employee Jaclyn Potter.