Families homeless after apartment fire

January 5, 2010 With just the clothes on their backs, and huddled in their cars for warmth, residents of St. John’s Apartments at 6255 North St. Louis St. watched their homes and belongings go up in flames Monday morning.Dustin Willis and Adam Chavers, residents of Apartment 1 where the fire is believed to have started at a wall outlet, said they were at work when the fire broke out around 10:15 a.m.Others, like Bridgett Purcell, her two daughters and a granddaughter, were just beginning their daily routine when they smelled, and then saw thick smoke seeping into their apartment.

News of other days

January 4, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 17, 1997.

Speed trap law limits interstate enforcement

January 4, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Five Arkansas cities have been denied the authority to patrol interstates and major highways in the two years since a state law was revised over concerns about speed traps.The Legislature initially gave the state police director the authority to limit the municipalities authorized to patrol major highways in 1987. The law was amended in 2007 to clarify that cities and towns must be able to show state police officials they write no more than 30 percent of their traffic tickets on those highways. The speed-trap concern is a factor in obtaining authorization.

Charlotte EHC

January 4, 2010 Charlotte — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met Dec. 16 at the home of Pat Mason with four members and a special guest.The meeting started with funny songs about Christmas, followed by a program of handling stress for the holidays. One member attended an EHC holiday extravaganza at Searcy, and showed items that were made. The club also talked about the awards it won at the Holiday Council meeting and made plans to visit the nursing home to teach how to make a craft.

Singing to be held

January 4, 2010 BROCKWELL — The Izard County Singing Convention will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brockwell Music School Auditorium. The event is open to the public; special groups are welcome.For more information call Mike Haney at (870) 368-4146 or Anna Floyd at 368-5012.

FilmFest receives funds

January 4, 2010 Ozark Foothills FilmFest Inc. has received a $10,000 award to support the 2010 FilmFest, set for March 24-28 in Batesville. The grant, awarded in the Challenge America Fast-Track Review category is specifically for “FilmFest activities including regional premieres of independent films, followed by post-screening discussions with the filmmakers.”

Martin to celebrate 85th birthday

January 4, 2010 ROOSEVELT — Ruth Martin of the Roosevelt community in northern White County will celebrate her 85th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at her home.She taught second-graders in Pleasant Plains for many years.The reception will be hosted by her family. All family and friends are invited to attend. She requests no gifts.For more information call (501) 278-6306.

Fleeing checkpoint lands 2 men in jail

January 4, 2010 MELBOURNE — Two men were arrested late New Year’s Eve when the vehicle they were in attempted to avoid a sobriety checkpoint at the intersection of state highways 177 and 223 in Pineville.Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the driver, Richard Thomas Brown, 51, was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a chemical test, having no driver’s license, careless and prohibited driving, fleeing in vehicle, fleeing on foot, and resisting arrest.

$25M Powerball ticket sold; remains unclaimed

January 4, 2010 MAYFLOWER (AP) — Arkansas lottery officials say a $25 million Powerball ticket was sold in Mayflower, but the winner hasn’t stepped forward to claim the prize yet.Lottery officials planned a noon press conference today in Mayflower. The ticket was sold at the Crackerbox Food Store No. 25 on Arkansas Highway 365, just north of Mayflower.Under state law, the retailer is entitled to $50,000.Powerball says just one ticket hit the jackpot in Saturday night’s drawing. The winner can choose between a 29-year payout or a lump sum payment of more than $12 million.

AARP executive meeting set

January 4, 2010 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex.This event is open to committee members and AARP members.