Arts group welcomes mime Patty Carreras to 2nd Friday

February 7, 2011 Last year, Patty Carreras entertained audiences playing Charlie Chaplin at Old Independence Regional Museum’s “Winter Night at the Museum.” Carreras, an Arkansas Arts Council Arts in Education roster member, will be returning to Batesville this month for a week-long residency at an area school.

Man gives up business to pursue hoop dream

February 7, 2011 A Cave City man who owned a business for more than 20 years gave it up to share his love for basketball with children.Tim Palmer, former owner of Batesville Radiator, said he “lived and breathed” basketball as a Cave City High School student. His son, Dalton, 17, is a senior at CCHS.“Mark Johnson was president of the booster club at Cave City,” Palmer said. “He asked me to be a volunteer coach for the Pee Wee program, starting with baseball and then basketball.”It was while he was coaching basketball that he realized how much he enjoyed working with kids.

3 families displaced by apartment blaze

February 7, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — Three families affected by a fire that destroyed four buildings at the Southern Village Apartments at 12 Lumpkin Drive in Southside Thursday are doing well, having all their immediate needs met, owner Eddie Lumpkin told the Guard this morning.The fire began at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and is said to have started in the garage of apartment No. 6 and spread to buildings 5, 7 and 8, according to police reports. No one was injured in the blaze.One of those apartments was vacant, according to Lumpkin.

Gun legislation goes before Legislature

February 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK  — Billboards here beckon people to gun shows and political candidates vie for the affection of the National Rifle Association like cheerleaders trying to impress a high school quarterback.Yet, in Arkansas, where firearms are hardly foreign, a proposal to air gun culture out in the open is facing blowback from some lawmakers, police and even Gov. Mike Beebe, who scored the NRA’s blessing.

Lawmakers to pass ethics bill

February 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are preparing to approve new restrictions on travel reimbursements and a one-year restriction on when former legislators can register as lobbyists.The House and Senate are scheduled to vote today on identical ethics bills backed by legislative leaders. The measures have been co-sponsored by a majority of both chambers and Gov. Mike Beebe says he’ll sign them into law if approved.

Descendant of famed cow has triplets

February 7, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — A descendent of an Arkansas cow famed for giving birth to triplets multiple times has given birth to her own set of triplets.Rancher David Jones tells the Jonesboro Sun his mixed-breed cow named Nosy Rosy gave birth to the triplets on Jan. 25. According to Oklahoma State University researchers, beef cattle have triplets in one of about 105,000 pregnancies.

Williams recognized for Guard support

February 7, 2011 The Arkansas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense, has announced that Tom Williams, owner of Williams Equipment Company, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his employees who serve in the Arkansas National Guard and Reserve.

More snow: schools close in parts of NE Arkansas

February 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More snow is falling across much of Arkansas and many schools in the state’s northeast are closed for the day.Temperatures around 32 degrees kept the roads passable in central Arkansas today, but further north the temperatures are colder, which is allowing snow to accumulate on the roads.Some school districts have given students an extra two hours to arrive and some school buses are running snow routes.

Sulphur Rock city council meets at 6

February 7, 2011 SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council will meet in the city hall at 6 tonight, said Mayor Glenda Reding.As always, the meeting is open to the public.The aldermen are expected to discuss this year’s Trolley Car Day festival, review current bills and discuss any other topics that arise.

Rural energy grant program to be discussed

February 7, 2011 A meeting is set for 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Farm Bureau Office in Batesville to discuss Rural Energy for America Program grants, Independence County Extension Agent Staff Chairman Stan Carter said.