‘Operation Newport’ takes seven into custody on cocaine charge

January 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Seven people were taken into custody Thursday on warrants following an indictment returned Jan. 6.The announcement was made by Jane W. Duke, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; Assistant Special Agent in Charge William J. Bryant with the Little Rock Field Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration; and Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas.

Fire destroys Newark homes; woman injured

January 29, 2010 A woman crawling through the window of her burning home was assisted by a passing motorist Thursday afternoon and later transported to a Little Rock hospital for burns to most of her body, according to Newark Fire Chief James Langston.The woman’s identity is not certain at this time because of federal laws restricting release of information from medical records, according to Langston.The fire at 20 Macedonia Road was reported around 5 p.m. and Newark firefighters were on the scene with three trucks and a dozen firefighters until about 9 p.m., he said.

Woman sentenced

January 29, 2010 NEWPORT — It took a jury only 24 minutes to sentence a Hardy woman to 40 years in connection with an armed robbery at the Old River Package Store in Elgin.According to Prosecutor Henry Boyce, Tracie Lynn Snider, 37, of Hardy was tried in Jackson County Circuit Court before a jury of nine women and three men. In the two-day trial that concluded Wednesday, Snider was convicted of participating in the January 2009 robbery. She was represented by R.T. Starken of Hardy.

Snow, sleet blanket area

January 29, 2010 A year ago today thousands of people woke up without power.As of this morning history has yet to repeat itself. Les Frensley with Entergy Arkansas said this morning there have been no problems and not many outages reported after a winter storm moving east blew across Arkansas Thursday night.“We started out pretty well,” Frensley told the Guard. As of 9 a.m. crews were working to restore power to about five homes in the Cave City area, however there were no outages reported in Batesville.

Carl Garner honored

January 29, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — William Carl Garner was inducted into the “Hall of Honor” during the 54th annual Area Chamber of Commerce banquet here Tuesday evening at Hensley’s Restaurant.Garner, 94, was cited for his leadership and environmental contributions during the 51 years he has lived and worked on Greers Ferry Lake.Former President Bill Clinton and Congressman Marion Berry sent video congratulatory remarks and several local and area citizens explained how Garner has played a major role in the growth and betterment of the lake region.

UACCB announces fall Dean’s List

January 28, 2010 One hundred and sixty-five students were named to the fall 2009 Dean’s List at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Students named to the list must earn a 3.5 GPA or above and be enrolled in at least 12 hours.Students named to the list are as follows:Ash Flat — Trevor Sellars

UACCB names Chancellor’s List

January 28, 2010 One hundred and nine students were named to the fall 2009 Chancellor’s List at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Students named to the Chancellor’s List must earn a 4.0 grade point average and be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours. Students named to the list are as follows:Ash Flat — Shelby Dunaway, Kara Whited

Man calls jail staff wants to be arrested

January 28, 2010 An accident victim who allegedly called the cops to come arrest him got his wish early Wednesday morning.Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said he was dispatched to the wreck in front of the Newark Town and Country grocery store around 1:15 a.m. “While en route to the accident, the county jail advised me over the radio that the subject in the accident had called the jail and advised he was intoxicated and wanted the police to hurry up and get him so he could go to jail,” Markum said.

Entergy Arkansas prepares for blast of winter weather

January 28, 2010 Entergy Arkansas Inc. is preparing for the possibility of power outages over the next couple of days that could be caused by accumulation of ice and snow on power lines, utility poles and tree limbs, according to a news release.

Stamp Out Smoking hosting drama contest

January 28, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Stamp Out Smoking, the educational outreach media campaign for the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, will host the seventh annual tobacco-free drama contest.Titled “The Big Pitch,” the contest will give students across Arkansas the chance to write and star in their own television spot highlighting the dangers of tobacco.