Veterans’ salute coming

October 26, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard will again publish its “Salute to Veterans,” remembering the brave men and women who have fought to protect our country’s freedoms at home and overseas. The deadline to place an ad is Friday. The cost is $25. Forms have been running in the paper, and people may bring photos and information to the Guard office, 258 W. Main St. in downtown Batesville.The ads will appear in our special Veterans Day coverage on Nov. 11.

Panel urges school budget rise of 2 to 2.4 percent

October 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The chairman of the House Education Committee says members of that panel and the Senate Education Committee have recommended increasing per-student funding of public schools by 2 to 2.4 percent.State Rep. Bill Abernathy, D-Mena, said the panels met Monday to decide on a recommendation of how much money would be required to provide an adequate education to each student. Such a report is required under a state law enacted in response to a long-running school funding suit that ended in 2007.

No hazing charges against former UA frat members

October 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Criminal charges will not be filed against former members of a University of Arkansas fraternity over alleged hazing last November.Prosecutor Casey Jones says there isn’t enough time remaining before the one-year statute of limitations expires in the case. Jones says he wasn’t asked to file charges until last Wednesday.

ASU interim chancellor resigns board post

October 26, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — The interim chancellor at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has resigend from the board of a company that provides online courses and degrees.G. Daniel Howard said Monday that he’s resigned as a board member with American College of Education. The college is owned by Dallas-based Higher Education Holdings LLC — which has a contract with the ASU system to provide online courses and degrees.

Arkansas Tech celebrates 100th anniversary

October 26, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — It was 100 years ago that Arkansas Tech’s original batch of students sat down for their first classes.The university in Russellville began holding classes on Oct. 26, 1910, with 186 students and nine faculty members, under the name of the Second District Agricultural School.Now, with more than 9,800 students, Arkansas Tech is an important institution in the region. The school cites a study that says Arkansas Tech accounts for 18.6 percent of the total economy of Johnson, Pope and Yell counties.

Evidence of tornado found in LR

October 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A survey by National Weather Service meteorologists has concluded that a small tornado was briefly on the ground southwest of Little Rock.A news release Monday from the agency said a survey team determined that a tornado rated as an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with winds from 65 mph to 85 mph, was on the ground for about three-quarters of a mile late Sunday afternoon.

Ark agencies join forces to help at-risk children

October 26, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Several Arkansas agencies announced a joint effort Monday aimed at reaching the children of drug dealers and abusers before it’s too late.In the past decade, Arkansas police have seized 7,800 methamphetamine labs, and officials say residents in those homes included more than 1,000 children. Add the children whose caregivers are wrapped up in cocaine, heroin or marijuana dealing or abuse and the problem is more pronounced.

Helen Keller’s mushrooms

October 26, 2010 The precise word to explain this season’s big new trend in campaign financing is obliviousness. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that everybody is allowed to give as much money as they desire to anybody they choose and absolutely nobody needs to know about it. The upshot of which has all of America knee deep in the oxymoronic spectacle of a very expensive free-for-all.

Man killed in Fulton, dumped in Izard

October 26, 2010 SALEM — Salem Police Chief Al Roork knew when he returned back to work Monday morning there would be a lot of catching up to do after being off on vacation. What he hadn’t planned on was a homicide.The call came around 8:30 a.m. that a body had been found in Izard County after a motorist pulled off at the second overlook on Arkansas Highway 9 south of Melbourne and saw a truck at the bottom of the embankment.Thinking someone had run off the road, a call was placed to Izard County for a deputy to respond.

Drunk driver busted by motorists’ tips

October 25, 2010 Motorists’ tips to police regarding a possible drunk driver on East Harrison Street Thursday night lead to the arrest of a 20-year-old Batesville man.Deputy Billy Croom said he was dispatched to the area of Walmart just before 11:30 p.m. where a dark-colored quad cab Dodge pickup was driving erratically.Croom said when police dispatch advised him the truck had turned onto 30th Street he was nearby and made the same turn just moments later.“When I turned I could see two vehicles approximately three blocks north of me,” Croom said.