City never sleeps

January 25, 2011 They talk trash, are street-wise and know more about the city and its people. For the most part they go unnoticed, but they’ve been known to ring in the New Year hanging from a traffic light, clearing the streets on Christmas Day so families can spend the holiday together and their jobs require them to be on call 24 hours a day. Meet Sanford St. John, Marty Thompson and Johnny Coles.With a combined 114 years of service, St. John, Thompson and Coles are the heart of the city.———

Correction

January 24, 2011 Incorrect information was provided to the Guard regarding the birthday announcement of Willie Ray Wood published in Friday’s paper. Her maiden name is Weaver.

Driving tests dates to change

January 24, 2011 Beginning Feb. 1, the Arkansas State Police driver’s license testing dates will change for Batesville and Heber Springs, according to a news release.The new testing days for Heber Springs will be Tuesday and Wednesday. In Batesville the testing dates will be Thursday and Friday.The new dates will affect both regular and commercial driver’s license tests.In Batesville regular and CDL written test will be given Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 8-11 a.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.

Bookstore/cafe to host live musicians, author

January 24, 2011 HARDY — Words Bookstore will host author and storyteller Dr. Earl W. Belcher from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday for an afternoon of storytelling. Belcher in addition to holding several degrees in forestry, forest genetics and botany is also an accomplished orator. He has several written works to his credit including a book on his scouting experiences titled “My Boy Scout Tales,” “Maximizing Free Genealogy from the Internet” and “Square Peg: A Thesis on Biological Evolution” (all proceeds from this book will go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital).

Health care debate goes to legislative committee

January 24, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state lawmaker is trying to defeat part of the federal health care overhaul’s impact on Arkansas, though he faces odds that would make even a betting man fold.Republican Rep. David Meeks has to win over at least six out of 15 Democrats — plus five Republicans — Tuesday if his proposal to ban any law requiring Arkansans to buy health insurance is to make it out of committee.

Cops injured in chase with half-naked man

January 24, 2011 HACKETT (AP) — A man who was seen with his pants down in a Pocola, Okla., cemetery is in jail after hurting two Fort Smith police officers during a chase that ended when the suspect’s vehicle hit a house.Officials told Fort Smith television station KFSM that 29-year-old Anthony Yoder faces multiple charges after leading Fort Smith police officers on a high-speed chase through the city Saturday night.Officers tried to talk to Yoder at the graveyard but he fled into Arkansas. One officer hurt his back and another his knee when Yoder’s vehicle rammed two patrol cars.

Recycle pickup times change; dates won’t

January 24, 2011 The Independence County Recycling Department is reworking its pickup times for curb-side routes to better serve customers in the county, according to Terry Hastings, Independence County recycling coordinator.Even though normal weekly pickup days will not change, the time of the day for pickup may change under the new efficiency plan and therefore, it is requested that all recycling be put out by 7 a.m. on regular pickup days, he said.

Man accused of pointing gun at wife

January 24, 2011 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man accused of pointing a gun at his wife was arrested Wednesday night, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Deputies responded to a  domestic disturbance at a residence on College Drive in Melbourne, where a woman said that her husband, Adam Malloy, had pointed a gun at her and that she was afraid of him.

Jonesboro man arrested at kids’ school, gun in pocket

January 24, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — Police say a gun waved by a driver during an apparent road-rage incident later was taken into a Jonesboro elementary school by a man delivering his children to their classrooms.Jonesboro television station KAIT said 32-year-old John Dustin Rains was arrested Friday inside the Jonesboro Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Elementary School.According to police, a 911 caller reported that he had been threatened by another driver waving a gun. The caller said the other driver’s car, which had two children in it, pulled into the driveway of the school.

ICEDC to meet

January 24, 2011 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, according to executive director Ed Mabry.