4-lane to open near Newport

October 15, 2009 NEWPORT (AP) — Bit by bit, upgrading of U.S. 67-167 to interstate standards has pushed the high-speed four-lane farther and farther into northeast Arkansas.Gov. Mike Beebe and the state Highway Commission planned to be present when yet another stretch of four-lane is ceremonially opened in Newport today.The ribbon-cutting will take place at the intersection of U.S. 67 with Arkansas 18.The new stretch of interstate-grade four-lane will carry traffic about 18 miles from Newport to Arkansas 226 in Craighead County, west of Jonesboro.

Kiwanis briefed on Kabul, Afghanistan

October 15, 2009 In a country where a child may get burned with acid just for going to school, Khalid Ahmadzai finds hope in something as simple as a pane of glass.Ahmadzai was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. Last week, he came with his wife, Batesville native Katie Shaver, to talk about his country, its politics and its future.History

Memorial part of tour

October 15, 2009 With lights flashing and sirens screaming, a line of a dozen or more fire trucks, led by the Batesville Fire Department, snaked their way down and around the curves of Ramsey Mountain Sunday afternoon.The procession, which stalled oncoming traffic, was an escort for an 18-wheeler and flat-bed trailer hauling giant bronze statues of four firefighters.Motorists followed the procession to the newly constructed Batesville Fire Station 3 at 590 White Drive where the oversized monument was hoisted by crane to a display area on the front lawn of the station.

News of Other Days

October 14, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 25, 1996.73 YEARS AGOA booster meeting for employees of the White River Division of the Missouri Pacific will be held tonight at 7 o’clock at the local passenger station, C.G. Jones, agent, announced this morning. C.F. Longstreth, special agent of the railroad executive department, will be principal speaker. Other railroad men who will speak are J.K. Hobbs, trainmaster; J.M. Kelley, assistant superintendent of the division; and G.H. Holmes, bridge and building superintendent.

Rains bring flooding to parts of Arkansas

October 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Heavy rains across south Arkansas forced closure of several highways and roads covered by high water Tuesday, officials said.Arkansas 7 was closed north of Camden where it was flooded by the nearby Ouachita River, said Carl Bachelor, district engineer at Camden for the state Highway and Transportation Department.U.S. 79 between Stephens in Ouachita County and McNeil in Columbia County also was closed temporarily, Bachelor said.

Fair’s Youth Day winners announced

October 14, 2009 MELBOURNE — Competition chairman James Mack Street has announced the North Central Arkansas District Fair Youth Day Contest winners.High point winners in various classes were: Seed identification — Dean Willis of Salem FFA, senior division; Dillian Thamly from Izard County FFA, junior division; plant identification — Payton Herron of Salem, senior; Thamly, junior; entomology — Jessie Romine, Salem FFA, senior; Davis Norton, Izard County FFA, junior; agricultural business management — Roy Massey, Salem FFA, senior; Laura Rogers, Salem FFA, juniorLivestock Judging

Fox Trotters Heritage Days set for this weekend

October 14, 2009 AVA, Mo. — The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association will be hosting Fox Trotter Heritage Days on Friday and Saturday at its show grounds in Ava, Mo.Fox Trotter Heritage Days is planned to become an annual event.The show grounds are located a half mile north of Ava on Highway 5.

Old, unused pesticide collection scheduled

October 14, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County producers will have the opportunity to dispose of their outdated and unused pesticides during a collection between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Sharp County Road Department shop, said County Agent Joe Moore.The road shop is just east of the Sharp County Fairgrounds which is alongside Fairgrounds Road about a half-mile east of U.S. Highway 167, approximately four miles south of Ash Flat. A sign is posted beside the highway.

Driver arrested at rest stop after leaving open can of beer within deputy’s sight

October 14, 2009 Two people were jailed over the weekend on separate drug- and alcohol-related charges, according to reports from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Around 8 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Anthony Carter assisted Parole and Probation Officer Becky Clark during a home visit at 1355 E. Main St. in which syringes were reportedly found. Clark said she found two syringes, containing a thick clear liquid, on a small nightstand beside a bed in a room occupied by 31-year-old Christina Elizabeth Ramsey.

Locks cut off storage units; items taken

October 14, 2009 Break-ins at six storage units were reported at Hidden Valley Trailer Park off White Drive between Oct. 1 and Friday.Independence County Deputy Brian Luetschwager was dispatched to the mobile home park around 5 p.m. Friday where he was met by two men who said their units had been broken into.“Mr. Chad Keller and Mr. Joseph Neal showed me where someone had cut the padlocks of several units, I counted a total of six, and another one that had tool marks on the shackle of the lock,” Luetschwager said.