Ark. Dems prepare for primary

September 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Democrats say they’re preparing for a primary to select a nominee for a vacant state Senate seat.Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Todd Turner told Gov. Mike Beebe in a letter dated Thursday that the party will begin preparing for a primary for the Senate seat vacated by Sharon Trusty of Russellville. Trusty announced last month she was leaving the Senate for family reasons.

Library moves forward with restoration

September 7, 2009 Through a restoration effort, restrooms at the Independence County Library are on their way to being more handicap-accessible.The library board agreed Thursday to hire Larry Bolin and B.V. Builders of Batesville to renovate the bathrooms of the building which has housed the library for more than 30 years.Other businesses that placed bids were Lusk Construction, LLC, M&A Jones Construction Co. Inc. and Smith Plumbing. B.V.’s bid was for $39,000.

Be a Santa to a Senior project seeks volunteers

September 7, 2009 Be a Santa to a Senior. That’s the name of a new program being introduced to Independence County this fall.Clay Talley, franchise owner with Home Instead Senior Care, said the program has been held in Mountain Home for the last two years and has “had a great run.”

Get Your Motor Runnin’

September 7, 2009 Five years ago Karla Richardson would have never considered owning a motorcycle let alone riding one by herself. She was content to ride on the back of her husband’s bike.Then she got a divorce.“And I never got to ride,” she said. “I missed it.”Two years ago, however, Richardson met Susan Stephens and a group of women who showed her that riding a motorcycle doesn’t always require a man.“The weekend I met them I got home and bought me a motorcycle,” the 36-year-old said, laughing.

Land dispute leaves 1 dead

September 7, 2009 SALEM — A Viola man who had just picked up his 2-year-old son from the baby sitter’s was shot to death in the cab of his truck at close range before reaching home, with the child still strapped into a safety seat.Joseph L. Clifton, 33, had been working with other men to repair a Bush Hog at his father-in-law’s shop near Viola before going to the baby sitter’s house, Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said.

News of Other Days

September 4, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 17, 1996.73 YEARS AGO

Jacksonville to bid for state fair

September 4, 2009 JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Jacksonville City Council members have voted to propose a 400-plus-acre tract there as the new home for the Arkansas State Fair.Mayor Gary Fletcher told council members Thursday night he expects the city’s offer to be among 15 proposals to lure the State Fair from its existing home on Roosevelt Road in Little Rock. The tract in Jacksonville is at the southeast corner of Wooten Road and Interstate 440. Much of the land is owned by Entergy Corp., and Fletcher says the city is currently negotiating to acquire the property.

Fire chief shot by cop in court over tickets

September 4, 2009 JERICHO — It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn’t hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps.The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in court.

Traveling hunters need to plan ahead

September 4, 2009 Planning on making a trip for that hunt of a lifetime this year? If your trip involves carrying guns, future taxidermy or airlines, be prepared before you book your ticket or make reservations at that fancy lodge.Almost half-a-million Americans will travel outside of their home states to hunt this year. The experience of exploring and learning new areas can be great, but a lot of things can go wrong, and a thousand miles from home you won’t have the support system that is in place on home turf.

Season opens

September 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Dove season opens Saturday morning. One of the first things hunters need to do is make sure they’re HIP registered. Harvest Information Program is the formal name, but everyone from hunters to license clerks just call it HIP.