Woman still thankful

January 11, 2010 BETHESDA — Fire destroyed a Bethesda home Thursday morning. Nancy Marshell, who lives alone, said a noise alerted her to the fire in a back bedroom of her home around 10:30 a.m.“I was in the kitchen at the other end of the house when I heard a popping sound and went to see about it,” Marshell said. “I saw smoke coming over the top of the closed door. When I opened the door I could see flames and I slammed it shut and called 911.

Warrants issued

January 11, 2010 ASH FLAT — Bench warrants have been issued for two Hardy residents accused of making methamphetamine in an apartment there, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Mark Counts said this morning.The two need to turn themselves in, he said.P.J. Carl Dunkel, 26, and Cheri Lynn Lamb, 25, are both being charged in Sharp County Circuit Court with manufacture of a controlled substance, a class Y felony, Counts said. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of either is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (870) 994-7356.

Upgrade has ‘potential’

January 11, 2010 The city of Batesville has upgraded its computer system, a move that officials hope will improve customer service.The first floor of city hall was closed Thursday morning, although customers could still drop off payments in the night deposit box on the building’s exterior. The upgrade was estimated to take about three to four hours and temporarily shut down those departments that use the system, including the utility, code enforcement and accounting. Other departments were not affected.

Doc charged in bombing pleaded for script rights

January 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A doctor accused of setting off a bomb that severely wounded the head of the state medical board had pleaded with the panel to reinstate his permit to prescribe narcotics, saying he was unfairly targeted and that his life and business had gone downhill as a result of their decision.Dr. Randeep Mann’s correspondence with the Arkansas State Medical Board reveals a physician who believed he was unfairly blamed for the deaths of 10 patients who overdosed after “mishandling prescriptions” for powerful painkillers.

Fahr named publisher

January 8, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — Rick Fahr, the acting publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat, has been named as the paper’s new publisher.Morris Communications president William S. Morris IV announced Thursday that Fahr succeeds Scot Morrissey, who was named publisher of the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald in 2008. Morris Communications owns both newspapers.The 39-year-old Fahr joined the Log Cabin as editor in May 2007. He has continued in that role while also serving as acting publisher.

News of other days

January 8, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 24, 1997. 

State is great place for watching, photographing geese

January 8, 2010 The first thing you notice is the noise. Miles away the whistles, honks and general clatter of feeding snow geese ring across the prairie and the sky is filled with spirals of geese returning to the giant vortex.When a wad of these birds take flight, the swish of wing pinions sounds like a million bus doors closing all at once. Wad is the local term for a lot of geese; it’s appropriate because the snows have a winter tendency to come together in huge groups that may contain 10,000 or more birds.

Meeting, blog aimed at plan

January 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is developing a 10-year strategic plan that will be based on input from AGFC employees, stakeholders and the public. The strategic plan will involve developing an agency mission statement, establishing goals, clarifying how to make the most effective use of limited resources.

Oaklawn Park revamped with electronic gambling

January 8, 2010 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Oaklawn Park has opened its expanded electronic gambling parlor, giving bettors a casino atmosphere in which they can play craps, poker, blackjack and machines that look an awful lot like slots.The track starts its live thoroughbred racing season next week, and the new gambling area marks a significant step for the 106-year-old venue, which remains the state’s largest single tourist attraction.

Alamo attorney withdraws from criminal case

January 8, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a Florida attorney for convicted evangelist Tony Alamo to withdraw from Alamo’s criminal case over irreconcilable difference, though the lawyer says the problem no longer exists.“There was difficulty thats been resolved,” said Phillip Kuhn of Florida.In his motion to withdraw, Kuhn stated that a dispute between he and Alamo “regarding the proper, efficient and ethical legal representation of the defendant,” led to his desire to exit Alamos criminal case.