Fred’s closes its doors Oct. 1

September 1, 2010 After 20 some-odd years in business, the Batesville Fred’s discount store is closing its doors the first of October.Fred’s spent many years at the intersection of Boswell and Harrison streets across from Abe’s Glass and Locksmith before moving to its current location at 3209 Harrison St. a few years ago.

Bridge gets final work

September 1, 2010 The Highway 167 bridge near Hawgs Exxon north of Batesville will be getting its final surfacing work, so drivers are urged to use caution and should expect delays over the next few days.“We will put the final surface on bridge ends tomorrow and that will last Thursday and Friday — we’ll be off for the holiday since that is a state holiday — and finish up on Tuesday,” said Mark Lamberth with Atlas Asphalt, one of the subcontractors for the job.

Obama: U.S. combat role in Iraq over

September 1, 2010 WASHINGTON — Claiming no victory, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: “It’s time to turn the page.” Now, he said, the nation’s most urgent priority is fixing its own sickly economy.

Arrest made in Lawrence murder case

September 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — For more than a year Jeane Tate has been waiting for an arrest to be made in the death of her daughter.Monday, it finally happened.Tate said she didn’t know any details but had been informed that an arrest had been made.She also knows that a trial date won’t be in the near future.“Oh Heaven. It’s a waiting game now. ... I do hope they don’t turn him loose,” Tate told the Guard on Tuesday.

Firms announce poultry venture

August 31, 2010 PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma City-based Lopez Foods and Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods have announced plans for a poultry plant in Ponca City.The companies announced Monday a joint venture with Dorada Poultry of Oklahoma City for Dorada to buy and operate the former Tyson plant in Ponca City.Officials say Dorada is expected to hire about 350 workers starting next spring and the plant is to begin operations later next year.The plant will produce chicken products for McDonald’s Restaurants.

Prisoner falls five stories

August 31, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a prisoner has fallen five stories to the ground from the rooftop of the Bi-State Justice Center at Texarkana.The roof of the building is apparently used as an exercise area for inmates. Officials said the inmate fell after scaling a fence topped with barbed wire.Neither the inmate’s condition nor name was immediately released.

Woman dies in crash with cop

August 31, 2010 MORRILTON (AP) — State police say a Conway County deputy has been involved in a collision that killed another driver.A state police report said 40-year-old Elizabeth Gilbert of Morrilton died when her car collided late Saturday with a patrol car driven by 51-year-old Sheriff’s Deputy Rickey Emerson of the Cleveland community. The report said a passenger in Gilbert’s car, 16-year-old Allison Gilbert of Morrilton, was injured and both she and Emerson were hospitalized.

9.5-foot python captured on porch of NW Ark. home

August 31, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Washington County sheriff’s deputies say they’ve captured a snake that might have endangered small children or pets.A telephone call from a resident near Farmington reported a large snake on the front porch of the caller’s home.But the snake was not a rattlesnake, water moccasin or copperhead, all native to Arkansas. It was a 9.5-foot Burmese python, a constrictor that disables its prey by coiling around them and squeezing.

Military store moves to Main

August 31, 2010 After just eight months in business, J & J Military Surplus had to find a larger store for its growing business, according to manager Faye Kerr, who owns the business with her husband, Jim.Not only does the store have a new location, now at 159 W. Main St., there are new business hours as well, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lock 2 party too much for driver

August 31, 2010 Stopped by police for allegedly driving with half his car across the center line and running over an intersection highway median shortly after midnight Saturday, a local man is now facing drunk driving charges in a Batesville court.Michael Moody, an Independence County sheriff’s deputy, said he while he was driving toward Desha he saw Scott Lee Thomas, 18, of Jill Circle, hit the island at the intersection of highways 14 and 25.