City hall destroyed, fire chief injured

December 15, 2010 OIL TROUGH — The weekend fire that destroyed the Oil Trough City Hall also sent the community’s fire chief to the hospital.Oil Trough Fire Chief John Long said this morning he expected to be released before noon from White River Medical Center, where he has spent the last two days being treated for smoke inhalation.“I was one of the first ones on the scene and the guys were trying to get suited up and get water going and I just kept trying to help them and got (inhaled) too much smoke,” Long told the Guard from his hospital room this morning.

Audit targets judge’s decisions

December 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Reducing property value, reducing the library tax without voter approval and selling county equipment without following procedures were concerns the legislative audit voiced after viewing the county judge’s audit.The reports states Independence County Judge Bill Hicks was not in compliance when he reduced property valuation from $562,900 to $506,350 on a parcel of land Aug. 27, 2009. “Subsequently on Sept. 4, 2009, the county judge issued a court order reducing the same property valuation from $506,350 to $330,000 without following all the procedures.”

BREAKING NEWS: ADEQ seeks injunction, $250,000 fine against Bluebird Sand

December 14, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has filed a complaint against Bluebird Sand, LLC of Izard County for violations of the Arkansas Pollution Control Act. The complaint was filed after the ADEQ found the company polluted a tributary to the White River that resulted in a fish kill.

News of Other Days

December 14, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 3, 1991. 

Wound Healing Center wraps up Sweet Feet

December 14, 2010 The words sweet and feet are two words that do not typically pair well. However, at White River Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center, those two words make a perfect match.More than 100 pairs of socks and slippers were donated to the Wound Healing Center during its first Sweet Feet Slipper Drive Nov. 5 through Dec. 2. The footwear will be provided to the Wound Center’s patients, particularly those with diabetes, as Christmas gifts.This is the first year the Wound Healing Center has held the drive.

Father, son, son’s girlfriend arrested near Pineville

December 14, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Friday night call to a residence on Highway 223 near Pineville regarding an assault resulted in the arrest of three people. Bobby J. Allen initially told authorities that his son, Cody J. Allen, 18, and his son’s girlfriend, Elissa L. Barger, 32, had assaulted him, giving specific details as to what had happened.Bobby Allen, 50, later said that nothing happened, and he was charged with filing a false report with law enforcement while Cody Allen and Barger were both charged with disorderly conduct.All three were transported to the Izard County jail.

Ozark Folk Center presents awards

December 14, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View held its annual Awards Banquet to honor outstanding staff. The Committee of 100, an OFC volunteer support group, sponsors these awards in addition to many other events and activities at the center.The 2010 Hospitality award went to Group Sales manager Jimmie Edwards, who helps all groups at the folk center, putting in countless hours to make sure the visit is what he has promised.

Church to host speaker

December 14, 2010 NEWARK — Larry Moore, Arkansas District superintendent of the Assemblies of God, will speak Sunday at Newark Assembly of God.The service schedule is Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; and worship, 10:45.The church’s annual Christmas dinner and festivities will follow. The meal will be potluck.The church is located at 9450 Harrison St. in Newark. For more information call (870) 799-3325.

WBC history students research flying school

December 14, 2010 Walnut Ridge — Students from Williams Baptist College have been researching some history that is close to home. The class made its reports last week on the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School.The Arkansas history students did much of their research and presented their final projects at the Wings of Honor Museum, which commemorates the history of the flying school. The museum is located at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.

Master Naturalist classes to begin soon

December 14, 2010 JONESBORO — Registration for the new Northeast Arkansas Master Naturalists Chapter is now open. Classes begin in January on topics such as Botany, Entomology, Mammals, Meteorology, Birding, Archeology and will be held at Lake Frierson and Crowley’s Ridge State Parks, Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center and Arkansas State University Museum.“After completing the Master Naturalist program you will be armed with the knowledge to truly change lives, help the environment and make a difference in the world,” a news release states.