Chamber to host breakfast

April 12, 2010 The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Power Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. April 20 at Nucor Auditorium on the campus of Lyon College.Randy Zook, president/CEO of Arkansas State Chamber/AIA, will discuss health care reform. “Several of our members have expressed interest in learning more about the impact that the bill will have on their business,” said Crystal Johnson, chamber president/CEO. “We are pleased to provide our members and business owners in Independence County with information on this topic.”

Board calls meeting

April 12, 2010 The Community School Inc. of Batesville will have a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The public meeting will be held at White River Specialized Industries at 1550 Cottonwood St.

Compassionate Friends to meet

April 12, 2010 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

SWAT call sends man to clinic, jail

April 12, 2010 Upset that his wife had left him, an Oil Trough man reportedly went on a rampage in his home and exchanged gunfire with Independence County sheriff’s deputies before he was subdued by a SWAT team late Thursday night, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle.The team was deployed after Deputy Jeremy Qualls and other officers responded to a call around 9:45 p.m. of Joe Lance Hankins with a gun and trying to get into his father’s house at 90 Second St., according to Bittle.

New rescue truck on horizon

April 12, 2010 The white rescue truck may read “Batesville” on the side, but it’s really for the entire county — and then some.The Batesville Fire Department will soon be shopping for a new rescue truck, and the city is hoping the 2003 agreement with Independence County and Vital Link ambulance will repeat itself, with each entity kicking in an equal third of the project, interim Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn said.The current rescue truck, a 2004 Ford, was put into service on Dec. 17, 2003.

Train, vehicle collide

April 12, 2010 JONESBORO — A 23-year-old Batesville woman died Friday when a train hit the driver’s side of her car as she attempted to cross railroad tracks on Arkansas 226 near Arkansas 349 at 2:27 p.m.Craighead County Deputy Coroner Milton Harbison pronounced Julia Fulks dead at the scene of the accident at about 3:30. The driver of the train, Michael D. Sample of Benton, was not injured.

Home burns

April 12, 2010 MELBOURNE — Robert Sanchez was sound asleep in a Las Vegas hotel room when the call came that his house was on fire.Thinking that someone was playing a prank because he was out of town, he wasn’t in the mood to participate.Finally, he realized it was no joke.According to Melbourne Fire Chief Rusty Campbell the call was placed to the sheriff’s office at 4 a.m. by a newspaper carrier who saw smoke and turned around in Sanchez’s driveway for a closer look.When the fire department arrived at Deerfield Street they found the fire contained to the inside of the home.

Ex-Clinton aide pleads no contest

April 9, 2010 PINE BLUFF (AP) — Death-penalty opponent Betsey Wright pleaded no contest Wednesday to two misdemeanors, saying she carelessly brought two knives into the prison housing Arkansas’ death row.But Wright, a former aide to then-Gov. Bill Clinton, maintained that she did not intentionally smuggle in 48 tattoo needles that guards found in a bag of Doritos she was carrying. She said she found the bag in the basin of a vending machine at the entrance of Varner prison last May.

News of Other Days

April 9, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 25, 1997.

Izard Hometown Health Coalition recognized

April 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Izard County Hometown Health Coalition has been named a 2010 Public Health Hero, according to a news release.Thousands of people across the state work hard every day to improve the health of Arkansans, the release states. Included are those working to improve our communities for better access to affordable healthy foods, quality health care and safe places for physical activity.