Not human: Mystery bones remain mystery

May 10, 2010 The type of bones found under the crawl space of a downtown business earlier this month remains a mystery to local authorities, but they are not human, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. The bones were found under the rear floor of the old Goodwin Drugstore building on Main Street that last housed an electronics store.

Water issue to be discussed

May 10, 2010 ASH FLAT — A discussion as to whether legislation passed a few months ago and approved by voters in the last election transfers property owners’ water rights to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is expected to continue when the Sharp County Quorum Court meets at 6 tonight in the courthouse in Ash Flat, according to an agenda for the meeting.

Dowell retires from jail

May 10, 2010 With 18 years behind her at the Independence County Jail, nearly seven of those as administrator, Rhonda Dowell is ready to hand the keys over to someone else. Her last official day on the payroll will be May 18. That’s the day Warrants and Civil Process Sgt. John Furgason, will replace her as jail supervisor. While talking with the Guard of her tenure at the detention center, Dowell said it all started with just one shift as a volunteer.

Officer hits school bus

May 10, 2010 An Independence County sheriff’s patrol car and a nearly empty Pulaski County Magnet school bus collided in North Little Rock this morning, according to Independence County Sheriff Alan Cockrill. Deputy John Carroll told authorities he lost control of his patrol car in a sharp 90-degree curve on a rainslick road and slid into the side of the bus. Carroll says there were four students who appeared to be elementary age on the bus and neither they nor the driver were injured. “I talked to him and we’ve made sure everyone is OK,” Cockrill said.

Cornell’s audio guide to warbler songs can benefit birders

May 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — If you are seriously into birding, a technically advanced compilation of warbler songs may help with your hobby, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Many species of warblers are found in Arkansas, and the secretive birds can be identified by songs — if you know them. An audio file of 310 songs and calls for 57 species of warblers is now available from the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library. “Songs of the Warblers of North America” is a comprehensive audio guide to warblers.

Elk hunt permit process begins

May 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — It’s still many months away, but if you want to hunt elk in Arkansas, now’s the time to sign up for the opportunity, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The AGFC’s permit process for a free chance to hunt Arkansas’ largest game animal is available now. The month of May is application time for a chance to win one of the 24 permits to hunt elk in the Buffalo River country of Arkansas. The hunt dates this year are elk compartments 1 and 2, Sept. 20-24; and elk compartments 1, 2, 3 and 4, Dec. 6-10.

News of Other Days

May 7, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 27, 1997. 73 YEARS AGO A plane crash two miles south of Newark shortly after noon today resulted in the deaths of the pilot and one of the plane’s passengers and may possibly prove fatal to the second passenger.

UACCB announces AS, AAT, AAS graduates

May 7, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will hold commencement at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Independence Hall. Honor graduates are denoted as summa cum laude (cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher) magna cum laude (cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.89) and cum laude (cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.74). Graduates are as follows: AA-general education Ash Flat — Shelby Dunaway (magna cum laude), Trevor Sellars, Christy Blackmore, Priscilla Cole (magna cum laude), Elizabeth Handford, Myka James, William Pruett, Jalesa Reed, Rebecca Sandefur, Jason Tulberg, John Waugh

62 Bearkatz slated to receive diplomas Thursday

May 7, 2010 MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School graduation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Melbourne High School gymnasium. Sixty-two students will graduate. Valedictorian is Emily Elaine Carroll, daughter of Jim and Melody Carroll of Melbourne. Carroll has been a member of Student Council, Bible Club, Beta Club, Junior Optimist Octagon International Club, History Club, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America and Spanish Club.

Smoking ban to be enforced

May 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Law enforcement officers are going to start enforcing a law that bans smoking in vehicles with young children. The law, which was passed by the Legislature in 2006, prohibits smoking in a vehicle that has a child younger than 6 or weighing less than 60 pounds as a passenger. Violating the law can generate a $25 ticket. Those pushing the law say the purpose is to reduce the exposure of young children to secondhand smoke, which can lead to health problems including asthma attacks, respiratory infections and sudden infant death syndrome.