Service News

June 28, 2010 NORFOLK, Va. — Navy Seaman Recruit John W. Lawrence, son of Gay Lee Long of Cabool, Mo. and Richard E. Lawrence of Mountain View, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.During the eight-week program, Lawrence completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

‘Outstanding’ staffer accepts new position

June 28, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College recently named Career Pathways Outreach Specialist Laura Lawrence as the 2010 Outstanding Staff.She will represent Ozarka in that capacity in October at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year College (AATYC) annual conference. Lawrence has also recently accepted a new position at the college as director of financial aid. She will transition to her new position July 1.“The opportunity to serve students is very exciting to me and it is satisfying to see students accomplish their educational goals,” she said.

UACCB summer registration set for July 6

June 28, 2010 Students still have the opportunity to complete courses this summer at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, officials announced.

Fort Smith police to be on cable TV show

June 28, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — Fort Smith police officers will be featured on a cable television series.Mickey Stern, the co-CEO of Base Productions, says the Tru TV cable network saw early rough cuts of the show “POV PD” and has ordered more episodes. Stern says filming for the show is taking place in Fort Smith and Cincinnati.Since last summer, Fort Smith officers have used small cameras attached to their caps to record their work while on patrol. Stern said Base Productions will probably film officers for the entire span of a one-year contract with the police department.

Plane collision into empty home not a crash

June 28, 2010 WILTON (AP) — The Arkansas State Police say a small airplane’s collision into an empty mobile home in southwestern Arkansas will not officially be considered a crash.Senior Cpl. Roger Whitmire says pilot John Tackett was attempting to take off about 2:15 p.m. Thursday when heavy rain began falling and limited his vision. Whitmire says Tackett veered off the runway to the left and into the empty home.He says it isn’t officially considered a crash because the plane had not left the ground.Tackett was treated and released at an Ashdown hospital.

Woman killed by train

June 28, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say a woman was killed after she was struck by a train in College Station.Pulaski County Sheriff’s Lt. Carl Minden says the woman was attempting to cross the tracks on foot at a crossing near 3M and Carter roads shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday when she was struck by the train.Minden says the victim was taken to UAMS Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.He says authorities haven’t confirmed the woman’s identity.

Reward offered in theft

June 28, 2010 MELBOURNE — A reward of $500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the burglary and theft of property from a cabin owned by Carl Cooper located on the Knob Creek Road.Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the crimes were committed sometime between May 22 and May 26. Items taken includes household electronics and alcoholic beverages. Anyone having information is asked to contact Investigator Charles Melton of the Izard County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 368-4203.

BP spill costs up to $2B; denies CEO resigning

June 28, 2010 NEW ORLEANS — BP’s mounting costs for capping and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill have reached $2.65 billion, the oil giant said today, but the company denied reports out of Russia that CEO Tony Hayward is resigning.The company’s expenses climbed $100 million per day over the weekend, according to an SEC filing today, as engineers eyed a tropical storm heading toward Mexico that was expected to miss the oil spill area but could still generate disruptive waves and winds.

Boy says mom left him at school, so he stole car

June 28, 2010 MELBOURNE — Blame it on mom. A car that was in the way at the Wiseman Post Office turned out to be stolen, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Deputies were responding to a complaint Tuesday that a vehicle parked at the post office was interfering with customers. Registration information indicated the vehicle was owned by Fredrick Beack of Horseshoe Bend and had been reported stolen from the Ozarka College campus at Ash Flat.Izard County Investigator Charles Melton and Ash Flat Police Chief Wiles interviewed a boy who admitted stealing the vehicle.

Guard columnists awarded at APA

June 28, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard won third place in General Excellence, totaling three first-place, four second-place, four third-place wins and three honorable mentions in the Arkansas Press Association’s News-Editorial 2010 Contest held Saturday in Tunica.Guard Staff Writer Tony McGuffey won first place in the Sports Column category for his column, “Turns fishing world upside down,” about the “benefits” of falling out of a boat seat, or “there’s more to fishing than just catching fish.”